Summary of Research on Snowplowable Raised Pavement Markers and Recommendations for Placing Markers

Report No: 81-R11

Published in 1980

About the report:

Reduced visibility on the highway due to darkness and adverse weather conditions results in an inability of motorists to readily observe pavement markings. Because raised pavement markers provide increased pavement and roadway delineation, the feasibility of using them has been investigated by the Research Council and the results are summarized in this report. Also, because of the increased use of raised pavement markers by the Department, recommendations for the placement of the markers have been developed and are presented.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Frank D. Shepard

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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