Are water filled barriers better than concrete Jersey Barricades?    

The New Jersey State and Highway department needed a way to divide multiple lanes of traffic. Thus, the department and a local technology institution created the “Jersey Barricade”, a solid concrete barrier that quickly became a popular protective component for construction sites and traffic around the world.

However, as time went on and the need for more mobile, dynamic barriers came to the fray, the water filled barrier was invented. These are plastic barriers with internal steel frames designed to be easily transported and placed in their required location. They have an incredible modular design that allows them to fit into any construction site as a safe way of keeping the site and traffic separate.

They are now an immensely popular, lightweight choice, more so than the outdated Jersey Barricade.

Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between water filled barriers and Jersey Barricades.


  1. Water filled plastic barriers are made to be mobile

Concrete barriers are typically permanently installed while water filled barriers are easy to move around a site. All the construction team has to do is empty the barrier of its ballasting sand or water and it can be easily transported to a new spot or returned to the provider. This makes them perfect for temporary applications like construction and traffic direction.

  1. Water filled barriers do not work as crash barriers

Water filled barriers are more lightweight than concrete barriers and are therefore more susceptible to breaches. Concrete barricades are solid and sturdy and can prevent cars from crashing through to another lane, as well as have a slight sloping design that can potentially turn a vehicle’s tires back facing the road they were on. Water filled barriers don’t contain these benefits and are more used for temporary applications.

  1. Water filled plastic barriers are made for high vis applications

The water filled plastic barriers can be made in a range of colours, typically white or orange. These colours are highly visible even when light is low. This makes them a great measure of caution and attention when driving in high risk areas. This is why they are perfect for airports, construction sites and work zones.


  1. Water filled barrier interlock to produce uninterrupted walls

The water filled barrier and concrete barrier are similar in that they both maintain a convenient interlocking functionality so that they can produce a barrier of any distance without breaking the barrier.

  1. Water filled barriers are reliable & sturdy once filled

As concrete barriers are made to stay in the one spot, it’s important that their water filled counterpart does the same. Water filled barriers are designed to stay in the one spot once filled with water or sand, making them highly reliable and sturdy once filled.

They are perfect for different jobs

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not dissing the Jersey Barricade, it’s just that they are made for separate applications. While the Jersey Barricade is perfect for traffic safety, with its set position and lack of breach susceptibility, the water filled barricade is perfect for controlling traffic in a temporary manner. This makes water filled barricades far more efficient for places like airports and construction sites, where Jersey Barricades get the job done on the highway.

So, if you were wondering which barrier works best for traffic and which works best for temporary solutions, you know that the Jersey Barricade is perfect for roads and water filled barriers are better for, well, a whole range of things!