February 24, 2021

MASH TL3 compliant J-J Hooks Barrier gains California Department of Transportation Approval.

On February 18th, The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) gave full approval for MASH* tested J-J Hooks portable concrete barrier in two lengths (12.5 and 20-foot), for all widely used applications, including free-standing, pinned for asphalt surfaces, bolted for concrete surfaces, and bridge decks. The multi-functional F-Shape barrier design allows contractors to utilize the same product for all applications, eliminating the need for specialized inventory.

This action represents the first MASH tested, multi-functional precast concrete safety barrier to be approved for use in California. J-J Hooks licensed producers will capitalize immediately on this previously untapped major transportation market.

Ashley B. Smith, CEO stated “Caltrans represents the second largest highway system in the United States. Entry into this new market is monumental for J-J Hooks and as a result, we expect strong growth in all segments of our barrier business. We aggressively pursued California as a strategic target and the persistent efforts of the Smith-Midland team paid off. We are pleased with the expansion of our geographic footprint in this key western market. J-J Hooks self-aligning barriers are currently approved in 38 states and provinces throughout North America, and efforts to gain approval continue in the remaining markets.”

*Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) standards agreed upon January 7, 2016 by The Federal Highway Administration and The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

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