W-beam guardrails are cost-effective longitudinal highway barriers designed to reduce the severity of run-off-road (ROR) collisions, prevent vehicular impact with roadside objects, and lessen the likelihood of vehicle overturning.
W-beam highway guardrails are the most common crash barrier used on United States highways due to their high effectiveness and inexpensive production costs.
W-beam highway guardrails have proven highly effective in reducing the frequency and severity of accidents. A recent Transportation Research Board study determined that guardrails are at least 97% effective in reducing injuries & fatalities. Since their inception during the 1960s, W-beam guardrails have protected millions of travelers by containing or deflecting run-off-road vehicles from impact with roadside hazards.
Why Southern Guardrail?
By maintaining a large in-stock inventory of W-Beam Guardrails, Southern Guardrail can quickly supply small or large quantities of vehicle barriers at highly competitive prices. Our computerized guardrail manufacturing process provides maximum compatibility with existing guardrail systems, regardless of the original guardrail manufacturer.
We provide expert installation of vehicle barriers for both state and non-state projects, and can modify designs to meet any state or international regulation, including all guardrail safety regulations outlined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and NCHRP Report 350.
W-Beam Guardrail Specifications
- Optimal choice for safety, strength, durability, and cost effectiveness
- High-strength 12-gauge (Class A) and 10-gauge (Class B) galvanized steel
- Rust-resistant zinc coating
- Guardrails available in standard 25' and 12' 6" lengths
- Standard center punching is 12' 6" O.C., 6' 3" O.C., and 3' 3-1/2" O.C. with other options available
- Type 2 Zinc-Coated and Weathering Steel W-beam guardrail are available
- Custom length and post-holes available upon request
Locations that Benefit from Guardrail Installation
Interstates, Highways and Secondary Roads W-beam highway guardrails are commonly installed on interstates, roadways, and secondary roads to protect run-off-road vehicles from natural and man-made roadside hazards
W-Beam parking lot guardrails offers highly effective shielding in parking lots against vehicle hazards such as light poles, buildings, ditches, etc. Our guardrail end treatments are ideal for areas with a high concentration of pedestrian traffic
Bridges and embankments
W-Beam bridge and embankment guardrails provide a lifesaving shield from the areas below bridges (rivers, railroad tracks, other roads, etc.).
Parks and Recreation
Guardrails provide barriers to restricted park areas and protect wildlife, and can also be installed over cliffs and other potentially dangerous areas.
Contact Southern Guardrail for more W-Beam Guardrail information. Radius guardrails are also available.