In this weeks edition of the Turnstile Blog Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) takes a look at vehicle access control solutions now and then.
Digging through some old papers it's not hard to come across imagery that brings back memories of the past. Pictured here on the left is the toll booth that once sat on the Ironton-Russell Bridge and collected a quarter toll until 1983. The Ironton-Russell Bridge was opened in 1922 as the first bridge to cross the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Serving the Ohio River Valley and travelers on both sides of the Ohio River for almost 80 years the Ohio Department of Transportation released a report recommending a replacement in 2000. Although the bridge was retrofitted in the 1970s with strengthening beams and plates later inspection of the bridge found that these plates had been welded using techniques that were not on par with bridge welding codes and reduced the strength of primary load members. As a result of these findings, ODOT added reinforcements to some vertical members to improve structural redundancy but still close the bridge when temperatures reach -5 degrees Fahrenheit.
On May 3rd 2012 ground breaking for the new Ironton-Russell bridge took place and construction began. With the current construction completion date set for January 2018 the new bridge is nearly 70% finished according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Much like the construction of the new bridge to replace the old, MSSI has worked to create updated versions of the traditional toll booth design that was stick built as a permanent structure. While the patent pending Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portal will not be used on the new Ironton-Russell Bridge it has been used at a number of industrial and commercial construction sites around the world.
By giving customers the ability to use a portable perimeter security solution like the patent pending VAC Portal older permanent structures like the toll booth that was removed from the Ironton-Russell Bridge in 1983 have added to the versatility of perimeter security for MSSI customers.
At Modular Security Systems Inc. we create portable perimeter security solutions for both foot and vehicle traffic onto and off of major commercial and industrial construction projects. Working with our customers we have helped design, engineer, and build security solutions for customers around the world.
MSSIs' product line consists of industry tested high security vehicle barrier arms, guard booths and access control technology that are not only portable but also turn-key solutions. Upon delivery of one of these Vehicle Access Control (VAC) Portals simply need to be hooked to power and they are ready to secure a customers site.