While it may seem like a simple topic, the selection of traffic cones can be rather complex.
The Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) has created a standardization for channelizing devices that help to guide traffic, including traffic cones. At Traffic Safety GA, we believe in empowering our customers to understand the distinction of traffic cones, so we have created a brief guide to break down the details. Read on to learn more about traffic cones.
Wide Variety of Uses
There are a wide variety of uses for traffic cones. The most popular is for road work and construction to help guide traffic safely through these zones. Traffic cones are also used at event sites and in parking lots to guide drivers to the intended zones. Traffic cones can also be used to mark off hazards and indicate areas of caution. There are even recreational uses for traffic cones including sporting events and for various exercises.
Traffic cones come in various sizes, but MUTCD regulates which sizes can be used for the purpose of directing traffic. Traffic cones are measured by height. Traffic cone dimensions come in 6”, 12”, 18”, 28”, and 36”. Only cones between 18” and 28” can be used on roadways and there are speed limitations for cones based on sizes. It is important to remember you will need a permit usually issued by the city, or county government to use traffic cones in public roadways.
There are several customizations that can be made to cones. Cones come in several colors, but color designates a specific use. For example, Orange Cones indicate traffic safety while black cones are used in funerals. MUTCD requires that cones used for traffic have reflective collars, but if you don’t plan on using the traffic cones in the road this is not needed. There are also several accessories that can be added to your cones including sandbags, flashers, and bases.