ODOT marks out pavement stripes for safety; wider pavement markings on interstates designed to reduce accidents

Ohio now requires 6-inch edge and lane line pavement markings on all interstates, interstate look-alikes, and rural, high-speed, multi-lane divided highways.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Oct 17, 2012

North central Ohio's highways are sporting a new look with wider, longer-lasting pavement markings that will make driving safer.

A pavement micro surfacing project along Interstate 71 in northern Medina County concluded last week featuring the new, six-inch wide edge and lane markings on the heavily traveled interstate.

Throughout the month of October, the remaining portions of I-71 in southern Medina and Wayne Counties will receive the upgraded pavement markings. The lane and edge line markings on I-71 in Ashland and Richland counties will be widened beginning in the spring of 2013.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) now requires 6-inch edge and lane line pavement markings on all interstates, interstate look-alikes, and rural, high-speed, multi-lane divided highways. The new markings are 50 percent wider than the previous 4-inch markings and have a high level of reflectivity, which will improve visibility for motorists, especially in wet or night driving conditions. By this time next year, all interstates and interstate look-alike routes in ODOT District 3's eight county region of north central Ohio will feature the 6-inch edge and lane lines.

The Missouri Department of Transportation documented a 24 percent reduction in nighttime serious injury and fatal crashes after embarking on a program in 2006 to improve their roadways. Their research determined that a significant safety improvement could be made by simply increasing the width of pavement markings from 4 to 6 inches on freeways. A 22.4 percent total reduction of interstate crashes in Ohio would translate in to an average of 22 fatal and 1,700 injury crashes reduced each year.

Comments

truckin

What's next 12 inch lines.. Cars which must have a 3 inch thick coating of rubber around it. There are already signs which tell you there is a sign ahead cautioning you that there is yet another sign ahead?? .. I got a brain stormer... SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T PAY ATTENTION! the END.

propman

Why not repaint the existing lines BEFORE they are totally worn out?
They used a lot less salt last winter, they should have used the savings to repaint every road in the state this summer.

Dusty

Rumble strips are the best thing they added hands down!!