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Markings on the pavement are a major element in any system of traffic control. Pavement markings serve a variety of functions, including;
The motoring public depends heavily upon pavement markings for guidance, vehicle positioning and information. Unless pavement markings are clear, consistent and uniform in their application, drivers may become confused and uncertain of their purpose.
Pavement markings are often used to supplement the regulations or warnings of other traffic control devices, such as traffic signs or signals. Sometimes they are used alone to convey regulations or warnings which would not be obtainable by other traffic control devices.
Under favorable conditions, pavement markings convey information to the driver without diverting the driver’s attention from the road. They however have limitations when:
There are three basic configurations of pavement markings which include longitudinal markings, transverse markings, and symbols / word markings.
Longitudinal Marking Principles
The main purposes of longitudinal pavement markings are discussed in the following section.
Transverse Marking Principles
Transverse markings are White, except for markings and diagonal lines in medians which are Yellow.
Because of the low approach angle at which pavement markings are viewed, it is necessary that transverse lines be proportioned to give visibility equal to that of longitudinal lines.
Symbols and Word Principles
The following principles apply to symbols and words:
Well chosen and well designed pavement markings provide guidance to drivers. Standardization and consistency are essential to provide safe operating conditions. As with all traffic control devices, markings must be uniform so they may be easily recognized and understood.
The Traffic Section is responsible for the engineering aspects of pavement markings, which includes type, size and location of markings. Our office works closely with the Streets and Roads Section of the Operations Division who is responsible for the installation and ongoing maintenance of the pavement markings.
The City of Brandon adheres to guidelines outlined in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada (MUTCDC) established by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC). This manual provides guidelines for the installation of pavement markings along with the principles of markings.
Pavement markings are generally painted twice a year (spring & fall) on the major streets within the City of Brandon. Lower traffic volume streets generally only require one application per year to ensure good year-round visibility of pavement markings.
Newly constructed and resurfaced streets are marked as soon as possible after paving is complete, however there may be some delays due to weather or ongoing construction activities. Care and caution should be taken in unmarked areas until pavement markings are completed.
When approaching the line painting operation, please be patient and wait until the truck finishes painting the section of street on which it is travelling. Streets are painted during the evening hours to help reduce conflicts with the motoring public, however not all conflicts with motorists may be avoided when painting pavement markings. In such instances, please wait until the next major intersection for an opportunity to pass the paint truck. Passing too closely risks damage to vehicles and marking the road. A common sight on freshly painted roads is “tracking” which is caused by impatient motorists passing the paint truck and tracking fresh paint across the centerline into the travel portion.
Should you observe pavement markings that do not convey information to the driver as a result of not being clearly visible or being faded, please contact the Streets and Roads section of the Operations Division.
Public Works / Streets and Roads 900 Richmond Avenue East Brandon, Manitoba R7A 7M1Phone: 204-729-2285 Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon. – Fri.)
Should you wish to request the installation of new pavement markings as a result of safety concerns, or would like a street reviewed for additional pavement markings, please contact the Traffic Section of the Engineering Department.
Engineering Department / Traffic Section City Hall, 410 – 9th Street Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A2
Phone: 204-729-2214 Fax: 204-725-23235 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
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