Research Pays Off: Leveraging Technology to Develop and Implement a Pavement Marking Management System in Florida

Historically, retroreflectivity of in-service pavement markings has been measured with handheld devices and visual inspections. This article describes Florida Department of Transportation's (Florida DOT's) development of a pavement marking management system (PMMS) including a data collection method using mobile, non-contact, sensor-based technology to assess retroreflectivity. Retroreflectivity measurements are stored in a comprehensive database, accessible via intranet and a web-based interface, which also includes other vital roadway information, such as feature codes from Florida DOT’s Roadway Characteristics Inventory database. A total of 25,000 lane-miles of pavement markings are evaluated annually, with a primary emphasis on yellow center lines and white line (edge and skip) markings. At the end of each survey year, Florida DOT issues an annual report with essential information on the condition of the Florida State Highway System pavement markings collected that year. These reports and the PMMS database are examples of the rich information the PMMS provides to Florida DOT districts to enable data-driven decisions and the maintenance of safety and nighttime visibility of Florida roads.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 48-50
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 317
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01682769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 2 2018 4:17PM