Mid-America Transportation Center


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Report # SPR-P1 (11) M305 Final Report WBS# 26-1121-4003-001


Copyright 2011 Mid-America Transportation Center


This study was conducted to identify effective temporary marking removal methods and procedures on concrete and asphalt pavements. Pavement markings provide guidance to road travelers and can lead to accidents when not properly removed. Current state guidelines on removal do not provide clear and objective methods of measurement. After testing the most common removal methods, this research concluded that removing markings by chemical was not only cost efficient, result-oriented, and effective compared to other methods, but it was also safe to the environment and road users. Finally, a baseline of measurements was developed by the research team for this project, along with the feasibility of using digital image processing to objectively determine whether or not a removal method could be deemed effective.