PPP’s coast to coast Measure Across America Project: To promote the improvement of pavement markings for both human and machine drivers.

The pilot to the Measure Across America Project (MAAP) was conducted last August in correlation with ATSSA Mid-Year conference, where PPP assessed 1,100 miles of pavement markings across five states within 25 hours. The MAAP coast to coast was on a much larger scale. It covered over 5,000 miles across as many as 17 states over a 2-week period with over 100 hours of driving time. The project was in correlation with the 2019 ATSSA Mid-Year conference in San Diego.

The Route

The planned route spanned from Jacksonville, FL to San Diego, CA. The course had a southern track going east to west and a more northern track on its return west to east. Like with the MAAP pilot, the route included both interstate and non-interstate roadways. However, this trip included several select city assessments, being nicknamed ‘Mini-MAAPs.’ “We want quality and inclusive sampling of roadway types, including interstate, rural, urban, and suburban roads.” Said Chris Adkins, PPP’s Retroreflectometer Expert.

As we complete the preparation for the project, we will be contacting local and state agencies along the route to coordinate particular timing and participation. We will include the offering of the complementary Mini-MAAPs with some select cities. Further, PPP will select a few exclusive partners that have the same passion for roadway safety to participate in this upcoming project.

The Data

This expedition was a broadest sampling of our nation’s roadway marking system in history. The assessment attributes included retroreflectivity of course, but also nighttime color, contrast, and width, to name just a few. The data will be segmented and presented by state, roadway type, material type, pavement type, marking type and color, and more.

With the expectation of over 8 hours per day of continuous scanning across two weeks, the Laserlux G7 mounted to PPP’s Tesla Model X will have its work cut out for it.

“The scope and data collected on this project are enormous. We expect to have between eighty million to one hundred sixty million readings from this trip,” states Greg Driskell, President of PPP, Inc. “This will certainly put our equipment to the test!”.