Trench drain prepares road to alleviate traffic congestion
In Chillicothe, Ohio, a city located just south of Columbus, Route 23 serves as the main road running through town. The thoroughfare became extremely congested during summer months, due to an abundance of tourist traffic heading to nearby state parks and campgrounds. To reduce traffic congestion on this busy main route, a bypass around the town was created. The bypass offered two lanes in each direction, eliminating the need for drivers to stop frequently.
However, because the stretch of road was relatively flat, flooding and ponding on the roadway surface were potential problems that could endanger traffic safety. To solve these problems, the center median was lined with trench drains, made by ACO Polymer Products Inc., based in Casa Grande, Ariz. Called TraffikDrain, the drain system was selected because of its ability to withstand a variety of vehicle types. The system enhances hydraulic flow through high intake gratings and large flume outlets, thus ensuring fast drainage into surrounding catch basins.
TraffikDrain modules were installed running parallel with the flow of traffic. Each module features a cast-in rail, secured ductile-iron grates and 1-in.-thick channel walls that safely withstand heavy loads of fast-moving vehicles.
Today, the system is effectively managing stormwater runoff on the bypass road, assuring a safer traffic environment. ACO drain systems consist of factory-manufactured modules made from either corrosion-resistant polymer concrete or fiberglass. The modules align with grates to meet a variety of drainage applications. Sizes include internal widths of 4, 8, 12, or 24 ins., and all sizes feature a built-in slope. ACO Polymer Products Inc, Casa Grande, AZ