Digging up a section of a road or creating a pipeline trench is a common activity during construction work, but what do you do if you can't close the road or still need vehicle access to a driveway that will have a trench cutting across it? It would normally be too risky to allow drivers to bump their way across the gap, so you need to find a safe way to bridge the gap in the road.
Road plates are the solution
Road plates are the most effective solution whenever you have a hole or gap in the road surface that needs to be covered. Whether you are laying cables, performing routine maintenance or disturbing the road surface in some way, road plates are the most effective way of ensuring that the road can be kept open and remain safe for all users.
Are road plates safe?
Road plates are safe for all traffic if they are the right thickness and are properly fixed into their location in the road. Some steel road plates are held into the ground by a stake at each corner. Most alternative types of plate will have a different method of keeping them fixed in position. A road plate will only become unsafe if it is allowed to shift out of position. When the plate moves, this can result in jolting and perhaps damage to lower profile tyres that drive over the plate.
Steel or plastic plates?
Steel road plates are the most common type of road plate available in Australia, and until recently, they were the only option available. Steel plates can be heavy to lift and may require a crowbar to manoeuvre or lift, although some plates are fitted with a centre lifting device to facilitate easier installation and removal.
Heavy-duty plastic road plates are lighter to transport and install; they can also be designed to make them resistant to tyre slippage. A further advantage of plastic road plates is that they are quieter to drive over, making them popular in residential areas.
What specifications matter?
It isn't just the material of the road plate that you will need to consider. You will also need to bear in mind the size of the vehicles and the amount of traffic that will be driving over the road plates. You can hire road plates in sizes from slim 12mm versions up to 32mm thick road plates. You can choose special skid-resistant plates or road plates with a standard finish; the right choice will depend on the traffic you expect to use the road while the works are taking place.
If you aren't sure which type of road plate is perfect for your situation, then why not discuss the problem with a hire company like GSS Hire? They will have the experience to suggest the right solution for your application.