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Retractable Bollards Make Traffic Control Easy
Easily collapsed into a concrete surface, retractable bollards allow temporary changes for better access control
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd
Retractable bollards installed to control access to a large area
In a perfect world, "No Entrance" or "Emergency Vehicles Only" signs would be enough to keep unwanted vehicles away from restricted areas. The reality, however, is that drivers—intentionally or accidentally—frequently block off-limits areas, which can cause major delays for maintenance or emergency vehicles. Nothing is more frustrating for maintenance or delivery personnel than being delayed by illegally parked vehicles. And for emergency crews, where stakes are often high, blocked access can result in the loss of valuable response time.
Retractable bollards offer one of the best means to prevent unauthorized vehicles from entering restricted areas.
Reliance Foundry manufactures retractable bollards that use a simple key-locking system to allow posts to be quickly raised and lowered by authorized individuals. Bollards retract entirely below ground and close flush with concrete surfaces to ensure no obstruction or tripping hazard for passing vehicles and pedestrians.
Bollards close flush into ground when retracted
Stainless steel retractable bollards offer clean and bright aesthetics
Retractable bollards offer many benefits:
- Installations control access to areas for seasonal or daily use.
- Bollards are quick and easy to retract and extend.
- Bollards retract fully into ground—avoiding the need for additional storage and transportation, and minimizing removal time.
- Bollards stored in ground are at minimal risk of being scratched or damaged during removal and transportation.
Quick and easy storage can be especially valuable for locations with large or multiple access points across large properties. The time required to otherwise detach and transport bollards to a dedicated storage space can be time-consuming, labor-intensive and may require vehicle transportation. Reliance Foundry retractable bollards are designed for quick and smooth operation. Options are available for bollards that automatically lock in the extended position only, or both the upright and lowered positions.
Visible aesthetic barriers offer effective means to prevent vehicle access and ensure proper navigation in a given space. Bollards stand at an optimal height for driver visibility, while ensuring clear sightlines and unobstructed pedestrian flow for public spaces. While not designed to withstand high-impact vehicle collisions, the effective visual quality of retractable bollards ensure drivers are made aware and prevented from entering restricted areas.
All Reliance Foundry’s retractable bollards, including powder coated models, are made from stainless steel for the highest resistance to corrosion and weathering. Their simple but smart design will suit any contemporary building or landscape, ensuring a clean and complementary aesthetic. Powder coating is available in 1 of 6 standard colors to match existing site designs and/or to increase visibility. All retractable bollards come standard with 1 of 4 reflective stripes. As with all Reliance Foundry site furnishings, retractable bollards are made from recyclable materials and designed to withstand a long service life free from corrosion and wear.
For more information on retractable bollards, contact Reliance Foundry's Sales Department.
Originally published February 17, 2014. Updates reflect current products and accuracy of content.
Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd. delivers the highest-quality stock and custom-designed products for architectural site furnishings, traffic management and industrial applications. Since 1925, Reliance Foundry has built upon a long tradition of metal casting expertise to become an award-winning supplier for high-profile and everyday needs across North America.