Pavement Marking Extensions for Deceleration Lanes

Report No: 73-R55

Published in 1974

About the report:

Pavement markings have definite and important functions in a proper scheme of traffic control. One such marking, the pavement edge line, has received much favorable public reaction. One of the limitations of the edge line as conventionally applied is that it is broken at all intersecting roads and streets, which leaves the motorist without marking guidance through the intersection. Frequently, the absence of this marking tends to lead motorists off the pavement. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of pavement marking extensions for deceleration lanes to ensure vehicle guidance through an intersection. The study concluded that there was a significant reduction in the number of vehicles running off the edge of the pavement after these marking extensions were installed.

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Last updated: February 7, 2024

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