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Mainroad using new retroreflectivity testing technology


May 12, 2014
By Rock to Road

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May 12, 2014, Surrey, B.C. – Mainroad Pavement Marking announces the use of a new
and innovative retroreflectivity technology by Zehntner Testing Instruments.

May 12, 2014, Surrey, B.C. – Mainroad Pavement Marking announces the use of a new
and innovative retroreflectivity technology by Zehntner Testing Instruments.

 

Glass
beads are added to line marking paint to create a reflective surface that
improves visibility during low light conditions. The Ministry of
Transportation and Infrastructure sets the standard for pavement marking
reflectivity to safeguard motorists when driving at night or during low light
conditions. Mainroad’s contract with the Ministry requires that a
retroreflectivity test be conducted within 30 days of pavement marking and
again at the end of the painting season. 

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Zehntner’s
ZDR 6020 Dynamic
Retroreflectometer is attached to a vehicle, allowing the operator
to gather continuous pavement marking retroreflectivity measurements while
driving at the posted speed limit. 

 

Operations
Manager, Ken Nash stated, “The safety of the driving public and our
employees is paramount.  Mainroad’s investment in this mobile unit
eliminates the need for lane closures and traffic control and is a far more
safe and efficient process than the hand held testing device we used
previously.”   

 

A similar
type of testing equipment is being used in Ontario, however Mainroad is the
only highway maintenance contractor in North America using this Swiss
manufactured testing technology.        



 


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