Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 36-06. Pavement Markings--Design and Typical Layout Details

Most States and many local jurisdictions have developed policies and detailed design layouts for various pavement markings. These policies and layout details are more specific than the requirements of the national Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). In many cases the MUTCD provides general guidance and/or minimum or maximum dimensions for certain markings, spacing of markings, combinations of markings, or patterns. For example, methods of delineating left turn lane channelization, patterns and spacing of lane-use arrow and "ONLY" markings, crosswalk marking patterns, cross-hatching patterns and spacing, raised pavement marker placement and spacing, and other such practices are most often detailed in State or local policy documents, "typical" drawings, or other documents in considerably more detail and specificity than in the MUTCD. The purpose of the synthesis is to identify such pavement marking policies and practices, from all 50 State DOTs and from large cities and counties. From this information, common and differing State practices and ranges of typical dimensions will be identified. This compilation and synthesis of information (which has been unavailable to date) will be highly valuable to the Federal Highway Administration and to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for considering the need for future revisions to the MUTCD, to add more specificity to the national standards for pavement markings, and, where appropriate, to codify the most common policies and applications for them. Such uniformity will enhance traffic safety by ensuring that road users will encounter identical patterns of markings for similar road conditions, no matter where they travel.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $29000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Incorporated

    12660 Coit Road, Suite 300
    Dallas, TX  United States  75251-
  • Principal Investigators:

    Friedman, Bruce

  • Start Date: 20041001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 9794

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460762
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:31PM