Performance of Preformed Plastic Tapes

Report No: 83-R14

Published in 1982

About the report:

This study was initiated to investigate the overall performance of preformed pavement marking tapes with respect to their appearance, durability, and night visibility, and to recommend criteria for the selection of such materials based on their performance. The durability of each material varied with the location and pavement type. Compared with that of traffic paint, the night visibility of the materials evaluated was very poor. Also, problems that made the installation process inefficient and sometimes dangerous were noted for centerline application procedures. It is thought that if the problems cited in this report can be remedied, preformed tape could be used effectively for pavement marking.

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 18, 2024

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