Minnesota Department of Transportation
Neal Hawkinshawkins@iastate.edu email >
Associate Director, InTrans
Omar Smadismadi@iastate.edu email >
About the research
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) staff has experienced that pavement markings do not perform well on seal coat and micro surface treated roadways, referred to as “challenging surfaces.” This report serves as a beginning point and organized approach in addressing pavement marking practices on challenging surface roadways.
The project objective was to document existing district practices and issues through several key tasks, which include a literature review, field review, and analysis of existing practice and performance. This effort identified the need for a field trial to provide control in the evaluation of these markings on challenging surfaces. An outline was developed for a future field trial effort, which will evaluate the marking performance of different combinations of pavement marking materials and installation practices.
These project findings will be used in conjunction with the resulting field trial evaluations to improve MnDOT guidance and standard practice that will result in better performance, efficiencies, and roadway safety.