The Federal Highway Administration has announced that the FHWA now recommends the use of a segment to gap ratio of 1:3 for broken line longitudinal pavement markings. The next revision of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will provide the recommended segment to gap ratio of 1:3. For rural highways, a 10-foot segment and 30-foot gap is recommended. Previously, section 3A-6 of the MUTCD provided that a broken longitudinal pavement marking is formed by segments and gaps usually in the ratio of 3:5 and that on rural highways, the commonly used standard is 15-foot segments and 25-foot gaps. Recent studies sponsored by the FHWA indicate that a shortened line segment will not reduce the effectiveness of pavement markings while significntly reducing the amount of marking materials used. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Norman, M R
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

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  • Pagination: p. 59
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167910
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1978 12:00AM