Lane Closures Made Easier
By David A. Kolman
I was trucking in Canada recently and got to experience a new system that provides a safer and more efficient alternative to hazardous, time-consuming and costly lane closure operations. Swiftgate is a remotely-controlled lane closure system. It was developed by Versilis, a Montreal, Quebec, Canada-headquartered company that produces road safety and traffic management products.
The SwiftGate system is made up of a series of easily installed modules. Each module has a pivoting gate or sign, a solar panel and a control box. The gates can vary in length and can be adapted with traffic signs and/or flashing lights. Each individual module is solar-powered and completely independent of any wiring for ease of installation or relocation.
The lane closure system can be easily activated with an RF unit, cellular phone or a web-based application. When activated, the system creates a continuous obstacle line that acts as a more effective vehicle deterrent than regular delineation markers like barrels and cones, says the company.
Versilis says that once installed, the SwiftGate system can accomplish a lane closure in under 8 to 10 minutes, compared to the 70 or so minutes it takes the close a lane the traditional way with barrels and cones.
Don’t be surprised if you start seeing remotely-controlled SwiftGate automated lane closure systems appearing in the U.S. The company says it has been accepted for use by on the National Highway System by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).