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Meet the workhorse of the streets of South Florida

Meet the workhorse of the streets of South Florida

Traffic drums, also known as channelizer drums, play a crucial role in managing and controlling traffic flow on Florida roadways. These cylindrical devices, typically made of durable materials like plastic, are designed to enhance safety, guide drivers, and organize traffic patterns. Let's explore the multifaceted uses of traffic drums, emphasizing their impact on road safety and effective traffic management.

At All American Barricades, one primary application of traffic drums is to delineate lanes and redirect traffic. Placed strategically along roads and highways- from I95 to the Turnpike, these drums serve as visual cues for drivers, guiding them through construction zones, lane closures, or temporary detours. The bright colors and reflective materials used in their construction makes them highly visible, even in low-light conditions, ensuring that drivers can easily identify and follow the designated path.

In construction zones, traffic drums are often deployed to create a temporary barrier between the work area and the active traffic lanes. This helps prevent accidents by clearly defining the boundaries and alerting drivers to potential hazards ahead. The drums act as a physical barrier, discouraging drivers from veering into restricted zones and ensuring a safer working environment for construction crews.

Also, traffic drums are instrumental in enhancing pedestrian safety. When used in crosswalks or near pedestrian pathways, these drums serve as a visual barrier, alerting drivers to the presence of pedestrians and encouraging them to exercise caution. The reflective surfaces on the drums contribute to increased visibility, especially during nighttime conditions, reducing the risk of accidents involving pedestrians.


The modular and stackable nature of traffic drums allows for versatility in their deployment. They can be easily arranged and rearranged to accommodate changing traffic patterns or evolving construction requirements. This adaptability makes traffic drums a cost-effective solution for temporary traffic control needs, as they can be quickly deployed and removed as necessary.

Traffic drums, or channelizer drums, are versatile devices with a wide range of applications in traffic management and road safety. From guiding drivers through construction zones to controlling traffic flow, enhancing pedestrian safety, and facilitating emergency response, these cylindrical markers play a crucial role in creating a well-organized and secure transportation infrastructure. Their effectiveness lies in their visibility, adaptability, and ability to communicate essential information to drivers, ultimately contributing to safer and more efficient roadways.


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Here are specific scenarios where these devices prove to be particularly effective:

Construction Zones:

  • One of the primary applications of traffic drums is in construction zones. They are used to guide drivers safely through areas undergoing construction, road repairs, or maintenance.
  • The drums help delineate lanes, signal lane closures, and redirect traffic, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring the safety of both drivers and construction workers.

Road Maintenance and Repair:

  • During road maintenance or repair activities, traffic drums are employed to create a clear separation between the work area and active traffic lanes.
  • They serve as a visual and physical barrier, preventing vehicles from entering restricted zones and safeguarding workers and equipment.

Lane Closures and Traffic Diversions:

  • Traffic drums are effective in managing lane closures and directing traffic diversions. Placed strategically, they guide drivers through temporary changes in the road layout.
  • The bright colors and reflective materials used in traffic drums enhance visibility, even in low-light conditions, ensuring that drivers can easily follow the designated paths.

Emergency Response and Incident Management:

  • In the event of accidents, natural disasters, or other emergencies, traffic drums can be used to redirect traffic away from affected areas.
  • This aids in creating clear paths for emergency vehicles, ensuring a swift response and minimizing delays during critical situations.

Special Events and Parades:

  • Traffic drums are valuable in managing traffic flow during special events, parades, or large gatherings. They can be strategically placed to create designated routes for vehicles and pedestrians.
  • The adaptability of traffic drums allows for quick adjustments to accommodate changing event layouts and requirements.

Temporary Traffic Control Points:

  • During temporary traffic control points, such as roadside inspections or toll booths, traffic drums can be used to guide vehicles through designated lanes.
  • Their modular and stackable design enables easy setup and rearrangement as needed, providing flexibility in managing different traffic scenarios.

Temporary Work Zones:

  • In situations where temporary work is being conducted on or alongside the road, such as utility repairs, traffic drums can be used to create a safe zone for workers and equipment.
  • They provide a clear visual indication to drivers, prompting them to exercise caution and adhere to speed limits in the vicinity of the work zone.


All American Barricades is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offering comprehensive services across the entire state. With strategically located satellite offices in Palm Beach and Winter Garden, we ensure swift accessibility to every corner of Florida, from the Panhandle to the Keys. To get in touch with any of our offices or to reach us directly, please click here, or you can call us at (888) 472-3389.


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