As principal arterials of municipalities are getting updated, due to a combination of speed limit and limited setback in some cases street lighting poles are being required to be breakaway. However in these key municipal corridors, the municipality is wanting those street lights to be decorative as a positive reflection on the community, as such using slip-bases with their exposed hardware is not an ideal option.
To meet the needs of this situation, Valmont has performed FHWA breakaway testing to obtain a breakaway listing on the decorative pole system inclusive of pole, arm, decorative clam-shell base, and breakaway couplings. Poles are available in both steel and aluminum and in smooth as well as fluted tapered options. The result is a properly FHWA listed breakaway system. And the best part is that the couplings are concealed so that the street lighting has the nice polished finish appearance that the community desired complete with the safety feature of breakaway.