Investigating the Necessity and Prioritizing Pavement Markings on Low Volume Roads 

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  06/28/2018


The State of Virginia has investigated the value of lane markings on low volume (< 3000 vpd) and narrow (< 20') roads. Their findings indicated that the presence of centerline or edge pavement markings on these roads did nothing to make these roads safer. However, further research is needed to eliminate potential sources of error. This project would examine the hypothesis presented by the Virginia research. This project would contain two discrete steps: 1. Review existing research on the value of pavement markings and the current practices of pavement marking maintenance. 2. Develop a program to help local agencies prioritize pavement marking maintenance when operating within the constraints of a limited budget.

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