One of the key elements in a highway safety program is visible pavement markings. Maintenance personnel in every state are charged with maintaining the visibility of these very important elements. This is a challenge due to the lack of durability of many of the materials that are currently used for pavement marking. This challenge in providing visible markings 12 months out of the year is especially true in high traffic locations, on mountain pass highways, and for states that allow studded tires. Many state program striping operations paint locations several times during the year but still do not meet the performance goals of maintaining a visible delineation system, especially on the mountain pass highways. More durable striping systems or technologies need to be investigated as well as the cost/benefits of using more expensive systems to solve the durability issue.
For More InformationPaul Carlson
Operations and Design Division
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
College Station, TX 77843-3135
ph. (979) 847-9272 · fax (979) 845-6006