Ironwood Highway Guardrail System
Jefferson County, N.Y. has developed an amazing new guardrail system. This new, reinforced system not only makes driving safer for commuters, but it also adds to the beauty of the surrounding environment. The Ironwood Highway Guardrail System is the only federally approved alternative to weathering steel guardrail systems, and provides the organic aesthetics of wood with the safety, strength and durability of hot-dip galvanized steel. The most important reason for deciding to use hot-dip galvanizing as the corrosion prevention system is that nine tons (8 tonnes) of hot-dip galvanized steel protect the guardrail from upstate New York's aggressive environment. Through the years, the guardrail will encounter various destructive elements that it will have to fend off: intense moisture coming off Lake Ontario, fertilizers, herbicides and road maintenance elements like salt and sand. Another advantage of hot-dip galvanizing is the significantly lower maintenance and repair costs when compared to previously used corrosion prevention systems.