5 Gifts That Will Wow the Socks off the Travelers in Your Life

With less than 3 days to go, or just under 72 hours, it’s officially time to start jingling those bells especially for those of you that have yet to finish your holiday shopping.

Whether you procrastinated on your holiday shopping altogether or just forgot to purchase a few gifts, it is officially time to start cracking if you plan on getting everyone on your list a gift this holiday season.

The one nice thing about waiting is that you should be able to find some of the best deals at retailers across the state this week. But in order to get those deals you’ll have to fight your way through Black Friday like crowds.

But not to worry! You can still find quality gifts that won’t seem so last-minute. Here are some of our favorite last-minute gift ideas that we’re sure will wow the socks off the travelers in your life:

Gift Idea #1: GoPro Camera

Who doesn’t want to record their travel adventures? With an astounding array of features, you can pretty much never go wrong when gifting your loved one with a GoPro Camera.

Gift Idea #2: Gas Gift Cards

While not as personal as picking something out for him or her, the gift of gas gift cards is a great way to provide an adventurer with the means to travel to their next destination – wherever that may be.

Gift Idea #3: Adventure Tours

Give the gift of a great adventure when you purchase a gift certificate for one of the many great adventure tour companies located right here in Arizona. Just don’t book the recipient for a certain date.

Gift Idea #4: Scratch-Off World Map

Allow your recipient to track where they’ve gone with a handsome scratch-off world map. He or she can simply scratch off those areas they’ve already visited to reveal visually appealing pops of color.

Gift Idea #5: AAA Membership

For road travelers, it’s hard to go wrong with a yearly AAA membership, which provides them with emergency road side assistance should they ever have a flat tire or dead battery as well as numerous discounts on hotels and restaurants.

Happy Holidays!!!

~ From our family at Action Barricade to yours.


Pedestrian Fence on rent for the President’s Event

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Action Barricade is focused on creating safe environments for big events, such as any Presidential Events. We can recommended the proper safety equipment based on what event you have. We can also focus on traffic control outside any large events. We provide anything from road barricades, to traffic control signs, and message boards.

Having the proper tools and equipment at your next event will increase cooperation from drivers and pedestrians. And to insure that the equipment is reliable and safe, we research all of our products to guarantee you the most efficient event tools. In order to create the most controlled event environments, it requires a reliable and knowledgeable company to provide, set up, or sell you the right barricades. action barricades

For more information on how to buy or rent the best event barricades, you can visit us at: Action Barricade, LLC

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Traffic Control Devices | A History Lesson

As we drive through the many streets, highways and freeways that make up Arizona’s roadways, we will often find ourselves faced with one traffic control device, after another.  The variations of the traffic control equipment on the roadways today – as many of you have already noticed – are immense.

However, these devices don’t go without their fair share of history, nor did they arrive without their fair share of challenges. Many manufactures began developing traffic control devices and signs shortly after the arrival of the first-ever automobile; over 100 years ago.  These devices are on our roadways, not to frustrate us unnecessarily, but rather to insure we meet our destination safely.

Now for Some Interesting Facts

Road Surface Markings – The first road surface marking in history was a center line that was painted in Michigan in 1911.  Road surface markings provide guidance and information to both drivers and pedestrians.  Today road surface markings can be mechanical, non-mechanical or temporary.

Traffic Signals – Manually controlled traffic lights became commonplace, when in 1914, the state of Cleveland hung electric lights across its roadways that lit up the words “stop” and “go”.  The 3-color traffic signals that we commonly use today, however, weren’t installed until 1920 in Detroit.

Stop Signs – With the arrival of 1915, the state of Detroit saw the installation of the very first “stop” sign, which at the time had black lettering written across a white background.  In 1922, the increased use of this signage led to the development of the octagon shape that we are all familiar with.

Road Symbol Signs – We gradually started seeing the installation of road symbol signs within the 1960’s.  These signs commonly depict road conditions, speed limits, U.S. highway route numbers and other travel information for drivers.  As more and road symbol signs were adopted and installed, we saw fewer navigational problems.

Today, we now have more traffic control devices than ever before including; devices that monitor traffic such as traffic cams, solar-powered message boards that tell us how many minutes we can expect to spend on the road before we meet our destination, and road barricades that keep us from going in a direction we shouldn’t.  For more information, please contact Action Barricade.

Featured Product: Water-Filled Triton Barrier®

The Triton Barrier® is one of our most popular barriers, especially in circumstances where they are needed for longitudinal re-directives.  Since it is a highly portable, water filled barrier it is ideally used in emergency situations or when space is limited.  This product can currently be seen being utilized in the City of Scottsdale.  For more information, please contact Action Barricade Company LLC. at (602) 288-6350.

The Triton Barrier® consist of a number of interlocking 6.5 foot barrier sections, which have been designed with durability in mind – as it is made from polyethylene plastic and internal steel framework.  Its performance is unlike no other, and has been tested to exceed the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 350 TL-2 at 45 miles per hour (mph) criteria.

Key Design Features:

  • Sections are capable of absorbing harsh impacts from collisions without penetrating into pedestrian or roadway work crew areas.
  • Deployment is relatively fast and easy due to its lightweight design.  In as little as an hour three workers can deploy up to 650 feet of product.  No cranes required.
  • Its modular design allows workers to deploy it in varied lengths; regardless of whether the area the product is being applied is straight or curved.
  • The Triton Barrier® is certified as its own end treatment, which means it will save you time deploying it and expense from unnecessarily needing hardware.
  • It is built on steel tension cable and can connect from barrier to barrier in order to create a single continuous barrier.
  • If you would like to attach it to a roadway guardrail or concrete barrier, transition hardware is also available for purchase or to rent.
  • It is a cost-effective alternative for portable concrete barriers
  • The Triton Barrier® can easily be upgraded to meet NCHRP 350 TL-3 criteria.  No external rails are required for certification.

Construction Industry: Vocabulary

There are many words within the construction industry that are crucial to know, if you plan on being in the field or already are. Here are a few vocabulary words of terms that are not usually heard everyday, by those not in the construction industry.

Bagasse – low-density fiberboard made of wood fibers or sugar cane residue

Backdraft – burning of heated gaseous products of combustion when oxygen is introduced into an environment whose oxygen supply has depleted due to fire, often occurs with explosive force

Axial Load – a load that passes through the centroid of a section under construction and is perpendicular to the plane of the section

Atria – a large open space within a structure connecting two or more floors

Ashlar Masonry – stone cut in rectangular units

Arched Truss – a truss with an arched upper chord and a straight bottom chord, with vertical hangers between the two chords.

If you would like to study more vocabulary words, visit Quizlet.com for up to 219 Construction Vocabulary words!

After Months of Waiting, A New Paving Project is in Effect

Members of Navajo Nation, the Arizona Department of Transportation, and other agencies are celebrating the paving project of Navajo Route 20, after months of planning and negotiation. Funding has already been made and this route has already begun its paving project. This road will be completed and paved by August 15, 2013, only 3 more months of waiting after the initial landslide on February 20th, 2013. This was only two months after Jan Brewer had issued a Declaration of Emergency, which assisted ADOT in receiving reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for the necessary repairs on US 89, as stated in the blog post from Asphalt Paving & Supply below:

“On March 1st, 2013, Jan Brewer issued a Declaration of Emergency due to the landslide. This declaration will assist ADOT with receiving reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for the necessary repairs on US 89. In fact, ADOT requested $35 million as their initial estimate for the damages and repairs. In an article by ADOT, ADOT Director John Halikowski stated, “This federal aid will allow us to repair the damaged US 89 roadway and restore mobility to the region by providing a safe route for drivers after this geological event made this route impassable,” and continued on to say, “There is not a quick and easy process to fix the highway because there are a great deal of engineering and geological issues to consider. It is important to figure out what has happened because that will help guide us in what the ultimate repair will be.”

Since then, this estimate of $35 million in federal emergency funds has been awarded and we can even expect repairs to start by the end of this month. On top of that, the State Transportation Board has even approved funding for a shorter US 89 detour. The Navajo tribal road will now serve as a temporary US 89 route once the paving is complete. Although, the geological investigation is still going on, as this is a crucial step in understanding how to prevent further damages like this one on US 89.”… Click Here to read more!

There was an initial detour route was US160 to US 98, but this proved to be timely because this is an additional 45 miles of driving compared to the US 89. This was the reasoning for finding other options of commuting. Many residents are happy with the new Navajo Route 20, even if it means waiting an additional 3 months.

Weather Never Stops Us Phoenicians!!

As the weather warms up here in Phoenix, it’s as if this is also the time for the construction industry to get to work. Driving around downtown Phoenix, you will see multiple construction sites with construction workers working hard in the heat. What you will find here in Phoenix is that the heat does not stop the work needing to be done.

Many times, you are left with sweaty and hardworking men and women, who are determined to get their job done, just as anyone in an office or restaurant would. Regardless of the season, when it is time to work, that is exactly what happens.

Action Barricade understands this work ethic and we are always ready to help supply you and your company with the materials and traffic control devices to get the job done. We carry all kinds of traffic control signs, construction barricades, and even light towers, for those jobs that run through the night. We will even help recommend you the appropriate set-up of traffic control equipment for the specific needs of the project.

There is constantly work to be done, even though the hot Summers of Phoenix, but the project is completed each time with the right equipment and strong working team.