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3M is committed to helping you design safer work zones and traffic management through the use of highly visible sheeting for devices and removable pavement markings for roadways. When combined, these high-performing retroreflective technologies help road users navigate unfamiliar roads.
Components for positive guidance to help keep everyone safe.
Given the unique needs of work zones, highly visible retroreflective technology can help provide positive guidance both day and night. This guidance is critical for the safety of drivers and workers alike. Effective signage, temporary pavement markings, and traffic control devices can provide enhanced visibility and improved safety by alerting motorists to changes in conditions and road work location, change in speed, road configuration and more.
The sooner drivers and pedestrians recognize they are entering a work or construction zone, the safer they and workers in the work zone can be.
Work zone conditions can easily compromise the positioning and visibility of traffic control devices. Better, more visible, signs attract the driver’s attention sooner, for earlier comprehension and a more natural, timely driving reaction among other drivers and workers nearby.
Regardless of available light, highly conspicuous fluorescent material's are recognized at greater distances with more accurate color perception than nonfluorescent colored products.*
*Evaluation of Fluorescent Orange Signs, Texas Transportation Institute, TDOT, TX-00/2962-S, 2000
Temporary traffic zones exist in all types of seasons and all sorts of weather conditions.
Wet reflective pavement markings work with water to remain highly visible in rain and wet road conditions. The retroreflective continuous delineation emphasizes lane shifts in low-visibility conditions.
Applying wet reflective pavement markings for traffic changeovers can be critical to helping drivers navigate work zones safely—especially during rainy weather.
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In 2016, there were 683 fatal work zone crashes and 765 work zone fatalities in the U.S. alone. Of those fatalities, 143 involved road workers and 109 involved pedestrians. Around the world, there are over 1 billion vehicles on the road and over $837 billion in annual global road infrastructure spending.*
There are more drivers, work zones and hazards on the roads than ever before. It’s important to plan work zones that use highly-visible devices to protect both workers and drivers while also maintaining efficient traffic flow.
The vehicles we drive and the roads we share are constantly evolving—more miles, more distractions, more hazards. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you design work zones for the present and the future:
Improving safety in work zones is a significant challenge. Find ways to foresee potential hazards, effectively train crews, and clearly communicate with the workers, drivers and pedestrians on the road.
Pavement markings provide highly visible lane delineation. Simple to apply and remove, these durable solutions last through a normal construction season.
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