Practices of Sustainable Pavement Marking in Canada: Synthesis


A previous study concluded that inadequate and poorly maintained pavement markings are often cited as the most contributing factor to these fatal crashes. Consequently, applying the appropriate pavement marking material for all weather conditions helps in increasing public safety by reducing crashes. The main objective of this research is to summarize the best practices of managing pavement marking systems in Canada. The present research collected data from Canadian provinces including current management strategies, material types and re-striping criteria. The conclusions of this research are drawn based on analyzing the current marking practices and recent studies. The paper contributes to the state-of-the-practice of pavement marking and suggests developing a pavement marking application chart for Canadian provinces. This application chart shows the utilized pavement marking materials and their striping and re-striping common practices. Data analysis show that most Canadian provinces lack a comprehensive plan for managing their pavement marking. The paper also emphasizes the effect of pavement marking conditions on safety. This research is essential for the society, at large, and for the three government tiers (federal, provincial, and municipal) in order for them to meet the public needs of welfare, safety, and health.

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Transportation Research Board 87th Annual Meeting (2008: Jan. 13-17, Washington, DC)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Article - Conference proceedings

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17 Jan 2008