LaneAlert 2x™ A Pavement Marking with a Message

LaneAlert 2x™ A Pavement Marking with a Message

From expressway interchanges to suburban and rural divided highways, to one-way urban streets, wrong-way driving is the most deadly accident type and steals the lives of thousands of fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers around the world every year.

The LaneAlert 2x™ is an innovative countermeasure to wrong-way driving. This technologically advanced bidirectional pavement marking provides a single directional, clear, concise message to motorists in conditions most prone to wrong-way driving.

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LaneAlert 2x™ is designed to counteract the most common factors in Wrong-Way driving

Safe
• Provides a clear, concise message to wrong-way motorists without distracting the right way motorist.
• Designed to provide the wrong way message in a way that most matches the impaired or aged motorist’s viewing habits, the most at-risk motorists.
• Use on roadways, bike lanes, and even pedestrian ways, improving the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Smart
• A static device with dynamic functionality.  A device with no mechanical or electronic dependency. But, dynamically changes its visual form depending on the direction of approach.
• Innovative profile and coating process that ensures the right message gets to the right motorist.
• The durable polymeric compound structure ensures an extended effective life cycle.

Simple
• A versatile and economical solution that can be implemented in almost any environment. Regardless of the roadway type or agency budget.
• Easy, familiar method of installation.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS

Durability

How durable is the
LaneAlert 2x?

Pavement marking durability
is affected by material type
and quality, application
practices and environmental
conditions. We have
developed LaneAlert 2x with
the most important durability
elements in mind: color, wear,
cracking, marring, cohesion
and adhesion, each of these
elements are addressed
in the following questions
below.

Does the LaneAlert 2x discolor?

Discoloration of pavement
markings is most often
caused by UV degradation
of the marking pigments,
delamination of its coatings
or tracking of foreign bodies
onto the material surface.

The LaneAlert 2x is packed
with durable UV resistant
material and pigment in
both the substrate, and
coatings, to resist fading and
cracking. The proprietary
coatings contain highperformance
properties,
designed specifically to
maintain tenacious adhesion
to the substrate, even after
repeated thermal cycling.
These coatings provide
superior protection against
corrosive environments and
thermal shock.

How well does the LaneAlert 2x wear?

Wear of pavement markings
is directly related to the
quality and type of materials
and the amount of traffic the
marking receives.

The LaneAlert 2x is made of
a specialized thermoplastic
composite. This material
is substantially harder
and stronger than the
conventional preformed
thermoplastic currently on
the market. In addition, its
profile is designed so that
the message remains legible
throughout its lifecycle.

Does the LaneAlert 2x crack?

Cracking of pavement
marking materials is most
often caused by the aging
of its resins, or extreme
temperature changes in
comparison to the surface on
which it is applied.

The LaneAlert 2x
composition provides high
tensile strength and flexibility,
reducing its susceptibility
to cracking. Despite its
flexibility, LaneAlert 2x should
not be installed on pavement
seams or cracks. However,
if absolutely necessary, we
suggest a simple relief cut
through both layers along the
length of the crack or seam.

Does the LaneAlert 2x gouge or mar?

Marring in general is primarily
caused by a foreign body,
like gravel, compressing into
the material under the force
of a motor vehicle’s tire. This
is not as noticeable with
markings of a single color.

The size and spacing of
the individual profiles in the
LaneAlert 2x design, create
a high definition image
that helps to minimize the
visual disruption caused
by marring. In addition, the
LaneAlert 2x marking layer
(Panel 2) is constructed with
a hardening agent that resists
much of the marring damage.

How well does the LaneAlert 2x adhere to the pavement?

Adhesive strength of a
pavement marking material
is greatly dependent on the
application surface type
and preparation, along
with proper installation.
Thermoplastic type materials
create a strong thermo bond
to asphalt cement surfaces,
however newer PCC surfaces
or older oxidized pavement
surfaces may require primers
to aid in adhesion.

The LaneAlert 2x specially
formulated adhesive layer
(Panel 1) has a tenacious
bond to both the pavement
surface and the marking
layer (Panel 2). This adhesive
layer heats up rapidly to
application temperature for
quick, secure adhesion.

Visibility

How visible is the LaneAlert 2x in night and day conditions?

General visibility of pavement
markings can be significantly
impacted by the level of
contrast caused by lighting,
color, materials and texture
or profile of the marking and
the surrounding pavement
surface.

Nighttime: LaneAlert2x
provides quality nighttime
visibility throughout its
life-cycle. To ensure
adequate nighttime
visibility (retroreflectivity),
the LaneAlert 2x has a
highly retroreflective ‘field’
containing embedded glass
micro-spheres and a high
definition angular profiled
message, such as words or
symbols, which results in
enhanced nighttime contrast
of the message on the
pavement surface as well as
the marking field itself.

Daytime: LaneAlert 2x
daytime visibility, like that
of conventional pavement
markings, has significant
dependence on the marking
contrast with the surrounding
pavement. White markings
on new PCC or oxidized
asphalt cement surfaces
have the least contrast and
reduced visibility. However,
by design, the red LaneAlert
2x wrong-way messaging
(red-on-white or red-on-yellow
provides excellent contrast and
visibility in most any environment.

Why not use conventional markings and messages?

There are two primary
indicators of wrongway
driving in the use of
conventional pavement
markings. Both are
helpful but limited in their
effectiveness for situations
requiring an optimal warning.
First, here in the United
States and a few other
countries, we use yellow
markings to divide travel
in opposite directions.
Knowing this, a wrong-way
driver might recognize that
the yellow markings are
on the wrong side of their
travel lane. Second, is the
orientation of the marking
or symbol – for example, an
upside-down merge symbol
might indicate the driver is
traveling the wrong way.

TThe LaneAlert 2x was
specifically designed to
provide a more clear, concise
message or warning to a
wrong-way driver without
creating harmful distraction
to the right-way driver. It
does this through a 2-way
angled profile design
providing an optimal wrongway
warning.

Each angle of the LaneAlert
2x is constructed for the
distinct viewing aspect of
the intended driver. For
example, the right-way angle
is a softer slope that is best
viewed in standard 30-meter
geometry which replicates
normal driving. The wrongway
slope is more upright to
provide a clear message at
7-meter geometry which is
more effective for impaired
drivers that tend to tunnel
their focus on the roadway
directly in the front of their
vehicle.

Why not use red/white
raised reflective pavement
markers?

Use of Red/White raised
reflective pavement markers
as a wrong-way driving
countermeasure is limited
in its effectiveness. When
applied along lane lines and
wrong-way arrows, they
communicate to the driver
that there is something
wrong, however in many
cases they alone do not
provide optimum clarity
of message due to their
discontinuous or intermittent
layout. This needed clarity
is especially crucial to an
impaired wrong-way driver.

The LaneAlert 2x provides
a clear concise message
to the wrong-way driver.
It does so by providing
continuous, non-intermittent,
highly legible symbols
and words. The LaneAlert
2x is designed to be a
platform countermeasure –
A primary countermeasure
that can be used effectively
and economically across
many applications. We
do recommend using
LaneAlert 2x along with
other complementary
countermeasures when
needed, like that of pavement
markers, as no single solution
solves all safety problems.

Can the LaneAlert 2x
wrong-way message be
seen by the right-way
driver?

While the wrong-way
message is concisely clear
to the wrong-way driver, at
the same time its visibility
is intentionally obscured
50% to 95% in the right-way
driving direction to avoid
distracting the right-way
driver. Obscurity is greatly
dependent upon the lighting
conditions and angles.

Driver Visibility Infographic

For example!

Sun behind or directly above
right-way driver – results in
approximately 75 to 95%
obscured visibility of wrongway
message for the rightway
driver.

Sun low and facing rightway
driver – results in
approximately 50 to 75%
obscured visibility of wrongway
message for the rightway
driver.

Note: based on light
conditions, we recommend
using messages and symbols
that read or represent one
direction only, like that of
words or single direction
arrows.

Installation

How Long does it take to
install the LaneAlert 2x?

Speed of installation is
important but can vary
greatly from one marking type
to another, especially when
considering installation safety
for both the road workers and
the road users.

Installation of the current
LaneAlert 2x two panel
thermoplastic design takes
approximately one minute
to apply a 2 to 4sf section
with a two-person crew. For
example, this equates to
about 10-15 minutes for a
single stopbar.

What surface preparation is
necessary?

All surfaces must also be
clean, dry, absent of loose
debris. Be cautious of
existing markings, underlying
moisture, high-float asphalt
PCC curing compounds.

Existing Markings:For
best results, the LaneAlert
2x Adhesive Panel should
be adhered directly to the
pavement and removal of
existing markings is often
necessary. Successful
adhesion can be carefully
obtained on thin mil
temporary waterborne
markings with minimum glass
bead content. Understanding
that the existing marking
must be of good quality and
well adhered to the pavement
surface.

New PCC Surfaces: Install
the LaneAlert 2x after a
minimum of 28-day cure time,
ensuring that the PCC is free
of curing compounds and
moisture. For best adhesion
results the Concrete Surface
Profile (CPS) should be 4-5.

Open Grade Friction
Course Asphalt:
OGFC
asphalt pavements as well
as asphalt-based chip-seal
surfaces have extremely
coarse aggregate. For proper
adhesion and visual effect,
additional or thicker Adhesive
Panels may be necessary.
Contact your representative
for more information.

Commercial Sealcoated Surfaces:
As with existing
markings, the LaneAlert
2x Adhesive Panel should
be adhered directly to the
pavement and removal
of existing sealer is often
necessary. Otherwise, it is
not recommended to apply
the LaneAlert 2x on these
surfaces.

Thermoplastic adhesion
is greatly affected by
material, ambient and
surface temperatures
during installation. It is
recommended to apply the
LaneAlert 2x with surface
and ambient temperatures of
50f degrees and rising. All
surfaces should be preheated
to remove moisture and
promote adhesion regardless
of the temperatures.

Cooler ambient or surface
temperatures will slow
the installation process
as well as increase risk of
inadequate adhesion. For
proper adhesion it is crucial
to quickly and securely apply
the Marking Panel (Panel 2)
to the Adhesive Panel (Panel
1) during the adhesive’s
molten state. DO NOT APPLY
HEAT DIRECTLY ON THE
PROFILED AREA OF THE
MARKING.

What tools or equipment are needed to install the LaneAlert 2x?

Unlike most pavement
marking materials, traditional
preformed thermoplastic
requires minimum investment
in specialty tools and
equipment. This is also
the case with LaneAlert 2x
preformed thermoplastic
(PFT). The primary tools
needed are the same
as traditional preformed
thermoplastic and include:
personal safety items, layout
and basic hand tools, a highpressure
handheld torch with
a propane cylinder, and infrared
temperature gun. Refer to
the tools list in the installation
instructions to insure the
project is completed safely
and effectively.

Can LaneAlert 2x be used
in snow plow regions?

All pavement markings
degrade prematurely as
a result of regular snow
plowing. This is especially
true for markings that have
a profile, like tapes and
thermoplastic.

Like that of conventional
markings with a profile, it
is recommended that the
LaneAlert 2x be applied so
that it does not extend above
the surface of the pavement.
This will prevent the plow
blade from impacting the
markings edges or its pattern
profiles.

Tags:    Countermeasure    Marking    Message    Pavement    Roadway    Wrong-Way

LaneAlert 2x™ is designed to counteract the most common factors in Wrong-Way driving

Safe
• Provides a clear, concise message to wrong-way motorists without distracting the right way motorist.
• Designed to provide the wrong way message in a way that most matches the impaired or aged motorist’s viewing habits, the most at-risk motorists.
• Use on roadways, bike lanes, and even pedestrian ways, improving the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Smart
• A static device with dynamic functionality.  A device with no mechanical or electronic dependency. But, dynamically changes its visual form depending on the direction of approach.
• Innovative profile and coating process that ensures the right message gets to the right motorist.
• The durable polymeric compound structure ensures an extended effective life cycle.

Simple
• A versatile and economical solution that can be implemented in almost any environment. Regardless of the roadway type or agency budget.
• Easy, familiar method of installation.

PPP, Inc.