Safety Matters: New Equipment Available for Loan – Pavement Marking Retroreflectometer


New Equipment Available for Loan – Pavement Marking Retroreflectometer

Pavement marking visibility is an important safety measure for road users. When drivers can adequately see center lines, edge lines, crosswalks and other pavement markings, they can make safe and appropriate decisions. Faded, non-reflective markings can create a hazardous situation for all roadway users. The Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Part 3A.02 requires that “Markings that must be visible at night shall be retroreflective unless ambient illumination assures that the markings are adequately visible.” It is likely that the next version of the MUTCD, which is in progress, will have more requirements for pavement marking minimum retroreflectivity as well.

In an effort to assist Connecticut municipalities with ensuring the reflectivity of their pavement markings, the T2 Center has purchased a StripeMaster 2 Touch Pavement Marking Retroreflectometer, which measures road marking retroreflection, visibility, and saves the data.

The unit can store more than 25,000 measurements and has a color touch screen, an internal GPS, Bluetooth and a printer. The saved data can be exported in multiple formats. Data that can be collected includes PASS/FAIL criteria, installation dates, thickness, bead types, material types, color, pavement types, and location. The nit can also measure flat or profiled markings up to 0.59 inches high. It also measures in both dry and wet weather conditions as well as during day or night.

Visit our website to fill out an equipment loan request if you’re interested in testing your pavement markings – T2 Center Equipment Loan Program | T2 Center (

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The Training & Technical Assistance Center at UCONN provides education and technical assistance to members of Connecticut's Transportation and Public Safety Community, including municipal public works directors, street and road maintenance superintendents and staff, city and town engineers, Connecticut Department of Transportation employees, transportation planners and law enforcement professionals serving as legal traffic authorities. We are Connecticut's LTAP Center
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