Pavement Marking Selection for Local Public Roads in Ohio

Pavement markings play a vital role in providing guidance to road users. There is a wide range of pavement marking materials that are readily available for use. These materials vary in cost, visibility during the daytime and nighttime, and durability on different pavement surfaces under various traffic and environmental conditions. ODOT's Traffic Engineering Manual (TEM) provides guidance on selecting pavement marking materials, however the recommendations are based on pavements built to ODOT specifications and traffic volumes as defined by ODOT. These recommendations may not be directly applicable to roads maintained by counties, municipalities, and townships. There is a fair amount of research currently available on pavement markings, however, the information is not readily accessible to Local Public Agencies (LPAs) and, like ODOT's TEM, may not be directly applicable. Most LPAs rely on previous experience of current staff to determine which materials to utilize on their roads. Research is needed to assist LPAs in identifying the most cost-effective pavement marking materials for new and restriping applications that are suitable for the prevalent traffic, environmental conditions, and snow removal practices in the various regions of the state. Guidance regarding the proper application procedures for the various types of pavement markings to obtain the optimum performance would further enhance the safety of Ohio's local public roads. The goal of this research is to identify the most effective pavement marking strategies for local public roads in Ohio. The objective of this research is to develop a user-friendly matrix to assist LPAs with selecting the most effective pavement marking for various local roadways in Ohio. Having a more scientific based approach could lead to the placement of better products resulting in longer service life and ultimately safer roads. A matrix depicting which pavement markings perform best under which conditions can aid LPAs in their decision-making process which could result in cost savings.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300,149.47
  • Contract Numbers:




  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Fout, Vicky

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Akron

    College of Engineering
    Akron, OH  United States  44325
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abbas, Ala

  • Start Date: 20230815
  • Expected Completion Date: 20260615
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01888177
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 39173, 118094, 136681
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2023 2:25PM