ORCA Lane Separator

ORCA Lane Separator

The ORCA Lane Separator™ improves the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. The ORCA Lane Separator™is used for lane control and separation. The ORCA Lane Separator™ features curbing, flexible posts, and retroreflective materials. The ORCA Lane Separator™ is the safe, smart, simple lane separator.

Safe
• Effectively directs and channelizes motorists and cyclists
• In-molded high-visibility traffic markings and retroreflective rebound able posts for nighttime visibility
• Structural size, shape, and design regulates lane usage and protection

Smart
• Configure intermittently spaced sections or continuous curb for both longitudinal and lateral control
• Proven secure anchoring system for an extended useful life
• Versatile use in both vehicular and bicycle travel ways

Simple
• Fast install with a three-man crew
• No heavy equipment required
• Installs in hours, not days

Traffic Management Through Effective Roadway Delineation

Case Profile: Heavy traffic and a busy school zone meant increasing costs and safety exposure for Florida town
Linear Feet Installed: 320 lft (+94 posts)
Location: Town of Jupiter, Florida
Date: May 2018
Concerns: Pedestrian Safety, Motorist Safety
Product Solution Used: ORCA Lane Separator

Problem
Jupiter Florida is much like any other city in the United States. Each morning millions of school kids are dropped off to begin their day of learning. Carefully monitoring and shaping motorist behavior is of the utmost importance when protecting kids coming or going to school.  

Rodney Carroll, Utility Service Supervisor has paid particular attention to the crossing at Jupiter Middle School located at 15245 Military Trail Jupiter, Florida.  At this location, many drivers instinctively wanted to turn left when exiting the school. While this may not have been against the law, it did cause traffic backups and a safety issue during peak drop off or pick up periods. As a result, the solution was to install individual posts like the one shown in the illustration below. This forced exiting drivers to turn right and keep traffic moving. As an added benefit, the posts also served as a traffic calming device to keep speeds down. 

“We thought we had the problem solved and initially the posts looked great. However, we quickly learned that the product we used just wasn’t up to the task in this environment. Our crews were out there every week replacing a handful of posts that have been impacted. While I expected to replace some over time, this was way more than I anticipated. Between the $35 post itself, adhesive and the crew time, it became a burden. The cost was adding up fast. Not only were our crews getting frustrated, so were drivers because we had to set up work zones every time we were on-site which disturbed normal traffic patterns. Because of all this, we decided we needed to look for another cost effective solution.” says Carroll. 

The Solution

Beginning In March of the previous year, representatives from PPP met with Carroll to discuss new and innovative products in the transportation safety industry. “We listened to Carroll and his team’s concerns and had a couple of innovate options that we felt would be effective.” says PPP’s Pedestrian Protection Specialist Jake Harris.  Carroll recalls “I liked a few things they showed me, but I particularly liked that ORCA product.” At that time the Orca Lane Separator was new to PPP’s innovative offerings here in the US.  “We focus on safe, smart, simple solutions that can be an effective countermeasure for a cross section of high priority traffic safety issues” says Greg Driskell, president of PPP.  The Orca system is a longitudinal lane separator that is designed to provide as permanent or removable in-road curbing.  But unlike others on the market they have a narrow footprint and proven high durable flexible delineators.  “Being in the traffic safety business for decades, we know that when it comes to the roadway, every inch counts, the Orca’s 7inch wide footprint allows agencies to install it without re-engineering the roadway.” Says Driskell.   “We use the Orca for many applications like bicycle lane delineation and access control, but we’ve began to see a trend in its use for improved traffic management in school zones as part of the Safer Routes to School initiatives.” says Harris.  The ORCA is made from upcycled truck tire tread and a 2-part polyurethane binder compressed at 160 tons. The result is a durable material that can be stand up to the tough roadway environment Carroll appreciated the raised 4 inch profile that when impacted, will direct car tires back into the lane they came from.  Combined with the robust heavy duty polyurethane Orca flexible delineator posts, it is becoming a popular combination for agencies across the United States. 

“It took a while for us to work through our internal processes to finally acquire these,  but I knew right from the beginning this was going to be a perfect solution for the challenges at Jupiter Middle School.”

Installation Day
 
Weather in South Florida during the summertime can be unpredictable …. and wet. It was clear on installation day that rain was going to be an adversity the crew had to plan for and suffer through. Jake Harris and Greg Driskell from PPP were on hand to offer any technical assistance needed and to document the install. Having all the materials they need in just one standard Ford F-150 pickup truck, they began unloading right at 9am at the project site. In just minutes the product was laid out where it was supposed to be, fitting perfectly between  the double yellow marking in the center of the roadway.  The installation process includes drilling, blowing out holes of debris, injecting resin and screwing in fasteners. The team settled into a rhythm having an assembly line of sorts and ahead of schedule, the job was complete. 

Carroll adds ”I have two pieces of advice for my colleagues that will install this product in the future. 

First, take extra care of the  lay-out and drilling of the holes, If it isn’t straight, it will look odd and the posts line up well with the Orca curb.  The other thing we learned is that the roadway surface should be scraped clean of things like excessive butyl or marking materials.  The flat surface will insure that the posts line up and it will be a clean uniformed job.I sent two guys ahead of our assembly line with prybars and scrapers to remove excess butyl left over from the previous products installed. 

Overall, I thought it was pretty straightforward. It looked great. In fact as you can see from some of the pictures, it accentuated the sub par condition of the markings. I couldn’t let that go so the next week, our guys went out and restriped. ”  According to Rodney Carroll, the application of the Orca reduced his concerns by more than X%.  Insuring that safety is dramatically increased with out excessive costs.  The Orca Lane Separator is Safe, Smart, Simple.

Project Spotlight

Making Safer Routes to School
Florida High School Calms Traffic with Orca Lane Separator™

Like many school crossings, Fletcher High School in Jacksonville, Florida has had their share of pedestrian versus car incidents.

Students: 2194
Full-time teachers: 103
Location: Jacksonville
Date: February 2018
Problem: Pedestrian Safety • Bicyclist Safety
Product Solution Used: ORCA Lane Separator

The Problem

After yet another close call, School administrators in cooperation with the city of Neptune Beach and even the Parent Teacher Association came together to discuss solutions BEFORE the unthinkable happened. It became such an issue, local television did a story about the troubled spot https://www.news4jax.com/news/leaders-tryingto- make-getting-to-school-safer-at-fletcher The area is a particular challenge because Seagate Avenue separates school grounds from the athletic fields where potentially hundreds of students cross to practice after school sports. The most dangerous time is about 3 pm when parents are arriving to pick up students. Traffic backs up and other impatient drivers try to go around the line.

The Solution

The solution was multi-faceted with a raised crosswalk as traffic speed countermeasure together of course, with the accompanying pavement markings. While effective, they went one step further to install a product offered exclusively through Professional Pavement Products. The Orca Lane Separator™ is by design a lane separator. It is used throughout the United States and England for lane control in instances where there needs to be an additional barrier between pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

Made from durable composites, the Orca is highly customizable and includes flexible posts that can withstand multiple vehicle impacts. This product was chosen for the Fletcher High School project because it raised the visual profile of the crosswalk and provided nighttime visibility because of the retroreflective elements surrounding the post top.

The product is secured by stainless steel bolts and anchors. “It was easier to install than I thought and came together in about 45 minutes. We finished the installation just in time before school released. It’s in there good and not going anywhere. The stuff is durable.” said Jeff Paul, city of Neptune Beach project foreman.

When asked of the feedback, Assistant principal, Jay Franklin said. “We love it. The most positive comments have come from the students themselves. They still must be diligent and stay off their phones when crossing a street, but at least now they have a designated crossing area. I see them walking out of their way to use it. It makes everyone feel a who lot safer”.

Tags:    Delineator    Post    Separator

Safe
• Effectively directs and channelizes motorists and cyclists
• In-molded high-visibility traffic markings and retroreflective rebound able posts for nighttime visibility
• Structural size, shape, and design regulates lane usage and protection

Smart
• Configure intermittently spaced sections or continuous curb for both longitudinal and lateral control
• Proven secure anchoring system for an extended useful life
• Versatile use in both vehicular and bicycle travel ways

Simple
• Fast install with a three-man crew
• No heavy equipment required
• Installs in hours, not days

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