How to Guide on Preparing for Temporary Fencing Installation

When the crew shows up to install your temporary fence, you don’t want to keep them standing around and waiting on you while you rush to try and figure out where exactly to put your temporary construction fencing. You also don’t want to call the crew back because you put the rental fence in the wrong place because you weren’t sufficiently prepared. To make sure you get your job off on the right foot before the fencing crews ever arrive, consider these easy preparation tips.

  1. Figure out your fence’s location
    • Consider access for contractors to the job site for equipment and materials. Most materials delivered to the site will most likely be from a flatbed trailer. These trucks are almost 85-feet long and require half that amount for a turning radius. Allow these deliveries room to access the site.
    • Be aware of any easements or setbacks. Every new construction job is going to involve relocating or connecting to utilities. By setting your temporary construction fence in the way of utilities, you’re guaranteeing that you’ll have to move it.
    • Make sure not to place the fence next to any structures or buildings that would allow trespassers to climb over the temporary fence. Installing the fence tight against any climbable objects is inviting others to climb in or lift materials out.
    • Locate your property line. Don’t the superintendent scratching your head trying to figure out your property line while your temporary fence crew is patiently waiting.
    • Do not block visibility at intersections and be aware of city codes prohibiting intersection obstructions. No one wants to watch a pile-up form behind one of your trailers. Blocking visibility of oncoming traffic at an intersection is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
    • Keep in mind site conditions that may not allow the fence to be kept firmly on the ground. What good is a construction temporary site fence if you allow there to be any areas for others to crawl under it?
  2. Determine your gate locations
    • Take into account the traffic laws and codes regarding entry and exit relative to high traffic intersections and streets. City officials study exit and entry to any new project. This also applies to construction access. Installing a temporary construction gate in close proximity to an intersection increases the likelihood for an accident.
    • Do you need jurisdictional approval for your access points? Temporary site access approval may be required during the permitting process. Don’t forget to ask.
    • Consider material deliveries and equipment with large tractor trailers. Large trailers and tractors cannot turn into construction sites where the gate is set tight to the street or right next to an intersection.
    • Don’t forget any traffic from workers. When your subcontractors show up to work, you don’t want them to create a traffic jam by using the same gate that is meant for deliveries.
  3. Clear the site. Be sure the site is clear of all materials, equipment and vegetation. A temporary fence is only useful if you make it visible and in line-of-site of the general public. If you install your fence in shoulder height weeds, you are allowing thieves the time and cover to access your fence.
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