How Much Does A Concrete Barrier Weigh?

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How Much Does A Concrete Barrier Weigh?

How Much Does A Concrete Barrier Weigh?

Are you wondering how much a concrete barrier weighs? Are you wondering how to install a Jersey barrier on your site? When it comes to finding the right safety barriers for your site, we know how confusing and complex it can seem. That is why to help you, we thought we would explore some of the most commonly asked questions about concrete barriers.

What is a concrete barrier?

First things first, what exactly is a concrete barrier? As the name suggests, these are a temporary barrier that helps to protect site workers operating on work sites and roadworks. They are designed to help stop errant vehicles from causing major accidents, significantly improving the overall safety of your project.

Compliant with Australian road standards, these barriers are a very cost-effective and low-maintenance solution, no matter your project. Here at RPM Hire, we stock two of the most popular styles of concrete barrier on the market, the JJ Hook and Delta Bloc solutions. These are incredibly strong and robust physical barriers that are amongst the highest-rated concrete solutions available.

Due to their size and weight, it is always important to have these barriers installed by a professional and experienced team. This will not only ensure that they are delivered and transported safely but that they are also correctly installed and maximising the safety of your site.

How much does a concrete barrier weigh?

A concrete barrier, such as the Delta Bloc or JJ Hooks options we use here at RPM Hire, is designed to direct the flow of traffic and prevent errant vehicles from entering your construction or roadworks site. This means that they need to be incredibly strong and durable, remaining in place in the event of an accident, which means they often weigh significant amounts.

It is important to understand the weight of your concrete barrier in order to know which is the best option for your next project. The weight of the concrete barriers that we offer here at RPM Hire are as below:

Delta Bloc

  • The 6metre Delta Bloc concrete barrier weighs 3,120kg
  • The 2 metre DB80 concrete barrier weights 1,200kg

JJ Hooks

  • The 6 metre JJ Hook concrete barrier weighs 4,300kg
  • The 3.6 metre JJ Hoko concrete barrier weighs 2,500kg

How long is a concrete barrier?

No two worksites are the same, which means that these concrete barriers need to be able to meet the changing demands of your project. This means that they come in a wide array of lengths to ensure that you can always find the perfect dimension for your needs.

To give you an idea of the options we have available here at RPM Hire, our jersey barriers are available in the following sizes:

JJ Hooks – F-Shaped Barriers

Height – 810mm

Width – 606mm

Lengths – 3.6 metres or 6 metres

Delta Bloc DB80 K150

Height – 800mm

Width – 580mm

Lengths – 2, 4 or 6metres

What end treatments are compatible with concrete barriers?

Without an end treatment, the sudden deacceleration of the vehicle as it impacts the barrier can result in serious injury to the driver. That is why when using a temporary crash barrier, it is essential that you are installing a compatible end treatment with it. These end treatments, such as crash cushions, are specifically designed to help dissipate the energy and slow the vehicle down as well as prevent it from being redirected back into oncoming traffic.

No matter whether you opt for our JJ Hooks concrete barrier or the DB80 alternatives, both models are compatible with a wide range of the industry’s leading end treatments, including:

Absorb M

The Absorb M is one of the most effective forms of concrete barrier end treatment on the market when working space is tight. This water-filled, narrow and anchorless crash cushion is just 67cm wide but is able to provide high protection, being rated to MASH TL-2 or MASH TL-3. This rating means the end treatment and concrete barriers can be used in work zones where passing vehicle speed will reach up to 60 km/h (MASH TL-2) or 80 km/h (MASH TL-3).

One of the biggest advantages of the Absorb M end treatment is that it is incredibly quick to install to your concrete barrier. The anchorless design offers the shortest length in its class, and thanks to the nested elements, it is able to reduce your inventory costs. Made from premium materials, the crash cushion has a very long lifespan and can be deployed on almost any type of road surface.

QuadGuard CZ

The QuadGuard CZ crash barrier is an innovative and relocatable end treatment that can be used to shield concrete barriers between 610mm and 915mm in width. The barrier is constructed with a steel nose and steel framework that features unique energy-absorbing and crushable cartridges. This makes them highly effective at slowing crash vehicles down and preventing them from being redirected back into traffic.

The end treatment has been fully tested to MASH TL-3 with both heavy and light vehicles, as well as those with a very high centre of gravity. Thanks to it not requiring anchoring chains or tension cables, the QuadGuard CZ is very quick to install and can be installed to a variety of road surfaces.

Smart Crash Cushions

Another very popular end treatment is the Smart Crash Cushion. Rated to MASH TL-3, the uniquely designed cushion is able to be impacted from the front, side and rear, ensuring it can be used anywhere on site as well as in areas of contraflow.

Alongside its high protection qualities, the Smart Crash Cushion is also the only barrier that is able to absorb all of the impact energy without the elastomeric materials deforming. Instead, it is able to reduce the momentum of the vehicle through mechanical and hydraulic means. This means it requires very few replacement parts and is perfect for use in areas of high-frequency impacts.


Finally, the Delta Bloc and JJ Hooks concrete barriers are also compatible with the SLED crash cushion. This Sentry Longitudinal Energy Dissipater is a narrow and non-re-directive end treatment that is rated to MASH TL-3 when used in the four module configuration.

Suitable for use at speeds of up to 80 km/h, this uniquely designed barrier features four internal steel cables which envelop an impacting vehicle, reducing its speed and preventing it from re-entering the road. To ensure longevity and maximum visibility, the SLED end treatment is also created using bright UV-stabilised plastic.

Want to know more? We have put together a guide to show the combability between end treatments and barriers. Download our free and easy to read barrier and end treatment guide here.

Looking to install concrete barriers to your worksite?

If you are looking to protect your worksite, then RPM Hire is here to help you. Since our launch in 2011, we have been dedicated to providing the highest quality roadside equipment possible to customers throughout Australia. From light towers and arrow boards to concrete barriers and crash cushions, our experienced team can help you to find the perfect solution every time.

So if you want to ensure that your employees and other road users are safe, get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can help you.


Not sure which barrier to Hire? Check out our Free Barrier Guide here. 


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