CrashGard Sand Barrel System

Dec. 10, 2020

The PSS CrashGard Sand Barrel System is a non-redirective, gating sand barrel or crash cushion. Sand barrels are designed to protect fixed objects, whether permanent or temporary, and reduce the likelihood of a vehicle imparting the object. 

As the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide states, sand barrels absorb energy. Sand barrels stop the impact vehicle in a short distance and at a controlled rate. The controlled rate reduces the potential for injury to the occupants, allowing the vehicle to pass through the array without redirecting the vehicle. 

CrashGard Features:

CrashGard is a unique sand barrel system due to its versatility in applications. The system consists of three components: the barrel, lit, and insert. 

The CrashGard insert allows a range of 200-2,100 lbs of sand per barrel. This prevents users from having to purchase barrels of different sizes or needing to buy each of the components separately.

Supporting Literature:

PSS provides further information on fill levels, MASH requirements, and array configurations in the CrashGard Sand Barrel System Product Guide. To download your free copy, visit

Editor's Note: Scranton Gillette Communications and the SGC Infrastructure Group are not liable for the accuracy, efficacy and validity of the claims made in this piece. The views expressed in this content do not reflect the position of the Roads & Bridges' Editorial Team.

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