Public Works and Government

What are Public Works and Government Agencies?

When asked what public works is, the broad understanding is any government agency that constructs something that augments or alters a nation’s infrastructure. It can even extend into the digital space in the form of, for example, public access to online voting.

Since the term covers such a broad array of projects, public works examples range from parks, beaches, and trails, to roads, bridges, public centers, and even certain digital domains. Thus the number of government agencies needed to manage the projects is equally expansive.

Public health and safety is another function of public works. Providing this can be preventative, such as water treatment, and can also manifest as disaster relief. In emergencies, a city may need to construct various types of barriers.

This government function also creates lots of temporary jobs that boost ailing economies, even used by the Romans and possibly farther back into antiquity. The importance of public works, ranging from life-saving to job-creating, cannot be overstated.

TrapBag Control Barriers for Public Works Projects

TrapBag geotextile control bags

A work crew cannot construct some barriers without the use of heavy equipment, large concrete walls, for example. Other types of barriers are rapidly deployable. If time is of the essence, these barriers can be temporary, “quick fixes,” which implies unreliability.

However, this does not need to be the case.

TrapBag control barriers combine two benefits into one system in the form of tough bags, ready to be filled with material, granting the ability to rapidly set up a barrier system for short or long-term use. On top of this, they offer great versatility with applications ranging from soil erosion to flood protection.

The broad range of applications means that a government agency can quickly hire work crews and use TrapBags to create barriers wherever needed when mother nature strikes. This flexibility can mean constructing a seawall before a hurricane or containing a surging river within hours.

The results speak for themselves. In a hundred-foot section of a 4 ft. high wall, TrapBag uses 40% less fill material than 8,000 sandbags for the same job.

They’re made of high-strength textile and come in 50 ft. sections that connect, another advantage they have over sandbags.

TrapBag offers two types of bags in different sizes and an additional two in one size. Most of these come in a minimum of 50 ft. sections. Based on the project’s needs, starting prices per section will vary between $1,375 to $3,500.

Control Barrier Solutions for Public Works and Government Jobs

TrapBags for City Planning

TrapBags have many public works solutions when it comes to city planning because they are so versatile. The same group of bags can do everything from redirecting water to containing earth.

Stormwater may threaten an area, so the city can use bags to hold back or contain the water until the danger passes.

However, these bags are not limited to controlling water. In construction projects that involve roads, bridges, and sidewalks, barriers are often necessary to redirect traffic. Workers can quickly layout and fill these bags to form any barriers needed on any project.

TrapBag cofferdam in residential area

TrapBags for Natural Disaster Emergency Response

TrapBags are particularly useful in public works projects when it comes to natural disasters. The main reason for this is that city planners can rapidly and cost-effectively construct barriers in areas vulnerable to mother nature.

A great advantage to TrapBags is their ability to contain, or hold back, almost any liquid or type of earth. Having such versatility means the same wall can stop a flood, a landslide, or a mudslide.

Likewise, coastal towns and cities may have little warning time to construct a sea wall, and the same bag used for everything else can provide a sturdy wall.

Eroded cliffside

TrapBags for Environmental Protection

Another instance that calls for a barrier is when a public space has to deal with soil erosion. Erosion can come in many forms ranging from loss of coastline, riverbank, or loose soil sliding downhill.

As with the other uses, deploying the bag system in a variety of different shapes, for many purposes, acts as its best advantage. It makes no difference if it needs to serve as a barrier to something liquid or solid.

Having one type of barrier that works for liquids and solids also means that public works can efficiently construct what it needs in an emergency, but the barrier can also withstand the test of time.

Control Barrier Solutions for Public Works and Government Jobs

Flood protection bags protecting shelter

TrapBag® barrier bags are a cost-effective, rapid deploy form of life and property protection to be used in the event of flooding and/or erosion. With the ability to be filled with concrete, sand, or washed gravel, this long-lasting technology was developed by engineers to withstand the impacts of natural disasters while limiting and preventing expensive, time-consuming damage. 

TrapBag barriers are a universal control solution. They can be used for a variety of different contractor projects, including general erosion control, mining retaining walls, cofferdams, levees, riverbank and dune stabilization, seawalls, and more

When it comes to property protection, TrapBag barriers are a superior choice. They are low-cost, quick and easy to set up, versatile, and very durable. TrapBag barriers are great for both rapid-deployment and permanent solutions for water containment or erosion control needs.

TrapBags set up in Nebraska

TrapBags for Public Safety

Because of their association with sandbags, TrapBags likely put an image in people’s minds of only providing emergency flood protection. This association could not be further from the truth.

These bags are so versatile that public works might find them useful for the same reason the mining industry does: They can also contain certain types of chemicals.

In the event of a chemical spill, just like a car crash, crime scene, or riot, a crowd might need to be immediately evacuated or cordoned off from an area with the protection of something as substantial as a wall.

This system is far slower than pushing people back, but a crew can build a barrier quickly.

TrapBags for Construction

Many towns, and large cities, in particular, are constantly under construction. In the middle of congestion, many projects need barriers to redirect traffic, protect people and equipment, and prevent trespassing.

City workers can also set up cofferdams to provide a dry, safe work environment inside a body of water.

In addition, as a construction project evolves, public works might need to alter walls and barriers to keep up. Whether the city prefers barriers to stay in place or move around, this system is easy to manage because it consists of interlocking bags.

Create Your Infrastructure Protection Plan with TrapBag

TrapBag barrier systems are a dependable, cost-effective, timely solution for your infrastructure protection needs. Contact us today to learn more about what configurations we offer. In need of immediate assistance? We are open 24/7 to provide you with erosion and flood protection.