Traffic lights, road signs, vehicle sensors, and traffic cameras are an integral part of our country’s anatomy.
They are present at every intersection and are somewhat paradoxical - being that life comes to a standstill without them, but they can impede the smooth flow of pedestrian and automotive traffic if improperly constructed. And, suffice it to say, these fixtures aren’t much without the pole that supports them.
Traffic light pole manufacturers in Canada are constantly innovating to bring our streets and highways attractive and durable infrastructure solutions in 2019. Given the taxing weather conditions in North America, it’s no secret that these poles must practically be miracle workers and do so much more than simply look pretty.
In fact, apart from their structural integrity, traffic poles have to adhere to local and federal road authority safety codes and council specifications. Moreover, they must complement their project’s unique blueprint requirements as well as complement the application they are slated to support.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the most indispensable traffic poles in 2019 and discover whether they are suited for your next project!
These are mandatory, more so in high-volume settings, to ensure the smooth, unperturbed and safe flow of pedestrian and motor traffic. They usher a great deal of safety into our daily commute.
These poles must be able to resist corrosion, which is why aluminum fixtures compare more favourably to their steel counterparts. Traffic signal poles are light-weight and sturdy. They do not have to be disabled for maintenance as the material is able to display phenomenal corrosion-resistive properties.
Because these fixtures have to accommodate far off visibility for those cars that may not be close to the intersection, the dimensions of the poles must follow precise parameters.
How tall is a traffic light? Traffic signal assemblies can soar as high as 7 feet, affording passersby and vehicles a clear view of the lights, and giving them plenty of time to react. It’s important that the view to these lights is not impeded in any way by other structures such as a building or a tree.
How much does a traffic light pole weigh? Traffic signal poles weigh about 220 pounds, given that they must strike the perfect balance, viz. light-weight enough to make installation and maintenance easy, and robust enough to withstand demanding environments.
Serving and protecting the masses is no small feat. With the ever-increasing on-road congestion, it’s no wonder that these have quickly risen to the top of the agenda. These cameras assist in enabling law enforcement to do their jobs and respond promptly in times of a crisis. As such, these cameras are usually monitored around the clock.
Public safety depends on strong and sound poles upon which traffic cameras and security cameras may be safely mounted. To facilitate the flow of traffic, these must be custom-built so as to cater to the right parameters. There is no one-size-fits-all product. In Toronto, expressway cameras are commonly mounted on a 15m pole, wither atop a traffic signal or on a mast arm.
What is a mast arm? A mast arm is an overhanging extension of the pole itself, at the end of which you will see mounted a luminaire, road sign, traffic signal or traffic camera.
Studies have shown that about 80% of fatal car collisions occurred when pedestrians attempted to cross a street. Just as vehicles need directions to ensure safety at all times, so do pedestrians.
Pedestrian pole applications perform the job of directing and safeguarding foot traffic in our busy cities and towns. Intersections are usually where you will find these poles erected and they affect the behaviour of cars and foot traffic alike.
These poles must be strong and of a certain height and weight to be capable of securely mounting pedestrian road crossing signs. Depending on relevant municipal safety requirements, they will also have to be stationed at a spot where no nearby structure impedes their visibility in the slightest.
Technology has progressed to a surprising degree to where we now have so many options to measure traffic and record such data.
Performing such measurements manually is labour intensive. This is why there are applications available that analyze traffic with surprising accuracy. Using a camera, automatic car counting is made possible and that information is uploaded in real time to the internet. Because of these precise figures, everyday commuters are able to map their journey and estimate the amount of time it would take for them to get from point A to point B.
Likewise, there are similar technologies that can sense an approaching vehicle’s speed and display it on a digital interface so as to make drivers more aware, especially when they’re in a school zone and need to adjust their speed.
This is just another way that traffic camera poles are a godsend. They must be durable and sturdy enough to support these various technologies, while also being of the correct height so as to allow the cameras to be able to cover a wide perimeter in as little time as possible.
Whether you need cantilever traffic poles with davit/extension arms, double arm crosswalk cantilevers, aluminum traffic structures, pedestrian poles, traffic light poles, decorative street poles and the likes, we can help.
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