How Curb Inlets Keep You Safe

Those innocuous slits in the curb found every so often along city roads, which are mostly ignored by many motorists, are an elegant way to keep water off the roads and cars on them.

Without these structures, called curb inlets, roads would flood even during light rains. The inlets, which work on a gravity-fed system, quickly and efficiently channel water off the roads, helping to keep drivers safer.

Del Zotto Products can help with your curb inlet production by manufacturing precast forms to specific state and local regulations.

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain is the cause of most traffic fatalities in the United States, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data from 2009 to 2013.

“Even though winter conditions do generate their share of accidents, wet conditions are generally more common in many areas. And drivers are often less cautious than they might be with winter conditions,” James Koermer, a meteorology professor emeritus at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, told USA Today recently.

The ability to catch copious amounts of water makes curb inlets a favorite solution for drainage issues.

Curb Inlets Solve Drainage Issues

Curb inlets are one of the most popular methods of drainage. States and municipalities prefer them over grate inlets, which incorporate a grating incorporated into the roadway. The grates, because they extend into the road, can be riskier to traffic, especially cyclists.

The Del Zotto Difference

Del Zotto can build any type of inlet form to fit your needs. Built from heavy-gauge steel, our forms have our patented vibration system, break away outer jacket with binder clamps, an air-release inner core and they all come with an elevated support frame.

For more than 50 years, Del Zotto has offered quality and innovative precast concrete products to its industry partners. Contacts us today for more information about our products and services.