FHWA Pavement Marking Management Resource Page

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The requirement of retroreflective road markings has been around for years. But as of September 6th of 2022, the FHWA’s Final Rule Maintaining Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity has put forth the minimum requirements of that retroreflectivity.

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FHWA Presentation on Maintaining Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity

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On September 1st, 2022 the FHWA conducted a presentation-based webinar to review the basics of the final rule and provide questions and answers. In this presentation, the FHWA summarizes the why, to the what, from the where to the how, and of course the when of these new requirements.

FHWA Summary of Minimum Values for Longitudinal Markings

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The specifics of the minimum requirements for pavement markings by the Federal Highway Administration are unexpectedly simple.

Here are the basics…

First note that these minimum requirements are only for longitudinal (lane) lines on roads that exceed 6,000 ADT and with a posted speed of 35 mph or more that are not “adequately illuminated”.

If the posted speed is less than 70 mph the minimum retroreflective requirement is 50. If the posted speed is 70 mph or more the minimum retroreflective requirement is 100. That simple.

The FHWA’s 11-page final rule document 23 CFR Part 655

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Released on August 5th, 2022 this Federal Highway Administration’s 11-page final rule document 23 CFR Part 655, outlines the minimum retroreflectivity requirements for pavement markings on public access roads.

FHWA Methods for Maintaining Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity

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Along with the minimum retroreflectivity standards requirement, the FHWA also provides 5 acceptable methods of assessment and management of those levels. This 78-page document gives you the “how” in detail, along with the “why” and “why-not”.

Tools and Solutions to Maintaining Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity

PPP is dedicated to providing the best retroreflectivity management and assessment hardware and software in the market. The Zehntner retroreflectivity assessment instruments provide for accurate and comprehensive data acquisition and evaluation of the visual quality of roadway signs, lines, and other delineation and guidance.

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Measure Across America Project Data and Initiatives

The Measure Across America Project is an industry collaborative event led by PPP to advance pavement marking management for both human and machine driving.  See information on past and current initiatives.