Airfield Pavement Markings - Effective Techniques for Removal and Temporary Applications

Airfield markings are critical visual cues and are vital for runways and taxiways. During airfield construction projects, it is often required to remove or obliterate the existing pavement markings and apply temporary markings. These operations can leave scarring that is visible on the airfield for years. These remaining traces of former markings can be mistaken by pilots and ground personnel as active airfield markings. The risk of confusion can be particularly high at night, on wet pavement, and during glare conditions. Better methods for applying and removing temporary markings and removing permanent markings that minimize the confusion are needed to prevent accidents and incidents.   The objectives of this research are to prepare an airfield guidebook for airport operators to identify and develop best practices for the efficient, safe, cost-effective, and environmentally acceptable techniques for (1) permanent marking removal and (2) application and removal of temporary markings to ensure aviation operational safety and to minimize the adverse impact on airfield pavement.  The guidebook should be applicable to airports of all types and sizes and a variety of geographic climates.  


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 09-19

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Griffin, Matthew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pike, Adam

  • Start Date: 20190601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220207
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220207

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677089
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 09-19
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2018 7:36AM