Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 39-13. Pavement Marking Warranty Specifications

<strong><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-layout-grid-align: none" align="center"><span style="COLOR: black"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><o:p></o:p></font></font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; mso-hyphenate: none" align="left"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Times; LETTER-SPACING: -0.1pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times"><font size="3">There are several methods for measuring the performance of a pavement marking, including binder and bead materials, thickness, width, retroreflectivity, presence, and color.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Of these, retroreflectivity has become the primary measure of pavement marking quality.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Maintaining marking retroreflectivity is an important need for driver safety.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>As well, FHWA has indicated that they will soon explore rulemaking initiatives to establish minimum levels for marking retroreflectivity.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Marking retroreflectivity, presence, and color are affected by many different factors, including marking material, initial installation quality, volume of traffic and vehicle mix, environmental conditions, and number of snowplow events.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Because markings are an on-site manufactured product, there can be, and often is, tremendous variability in the quality of markings.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>This variability in initial installation quality, combined with the variable aspects of factors that affect the life of the marking once installed, increases the demand on a DOT to monitor pavement marking quality so that it meets the needs of road users and state and/or national performance requirements (such as minimum retroreflectivity). </font></span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Times; LETTER-SPACING: -0.1pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times"><font size="3">Pavement marking warranty specifications provide an option to shift the responsibility for maintaining marking quality and performance from the owner to the contractor / manufacturer.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>In a typical warranty specification, the contractor or manufacturer are responsible for maintaining a minimum performance level for all the markings on a roadway or group of roadways for some specific period of time, often three to five years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Even though such warranty contracts have been used to a limited extent, there is a need to gather and synthesize information on this subject.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span><o:p></o:p></font></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt 0.6in; LINE-HEIGHT: 150%; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; mso-hyphenate: none; mso-para-margin-left: 3.6gd; tab-stops: -1.0in -.5in 0in 30.0pt 66.0pt 102.0pt 2.0in 2.5in 3.0in 3.5in 4.0in 4.5in 5.0in 5.5in 6.0in 6.5in 7.0in 7.5in" align="left"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Times; LETTER-SPACING: -0.1pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Times"><o:p><font size="3"> </font></o:p></span></p></strong>


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Markow, Michael J., Consultant

  • Principal Investigators:

    Markow, Michael

  • Start Date: 20071101
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16914

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464567
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:45PM