Preformed pavement marking tapes have been widely used in New York State since the early 1970s. In the study reported here, pavement marking tapes were observed on both asphalt and portland cement concrete pavements. Condition surveys were performed to evaluate field performance and determine durability and nighttime reflectivity. Installation in good weather and on clean pavement provided good durability on both pavement types. Both inlaid and overlaid markings performed well, although inlaid markings require stringent installation procedures to obtain good bond. The preformed tapes demonstrated excellent abrasion resistance, except for foil-backed tape placed on open-graded asphalt concrete and tapes placed over deteriorated pavement. Adhesion to the pavement was best in areas where traffic crossed over the markings. Serviceability of plastic tapes ranged from about 1 year under the most severe conditions to more than 5 years, and from 1 to 3 years for foil-backed tapes. Reflectivity of plastic tapes was initially very good, but became poor after surface beads were lost. Foil-backed tapes provided up to 3 years of good reflectivity. The preformed tapes appear to offer good service in areas where the best possible durability is important, but high reflectivity is not required. High cost and variable reflectivity limit their usefulness for other applications, where lower-cost materials with better reflectivity may be a better choice. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    Engineering Research and Development Bureau, 1220 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY  United States  12232

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bryden, J E
    • Lorini, R A
    • Gurney, G F
  • Publication Date: 1983-11

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  • Pagination: 54 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00388847
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-NY-83-104 Intrm Rpt., FCP 41I2-024
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM