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  • 3M Linear Delineation Panels: Helping Reduce Accidents on Louisville Interchanges

    With its sharp curves and intersecting on and off ramps, the interchange where I-64, I-65, and I-71 converge in downtown Louisville has always been known as “Spaghetti Junction.” Portions of this interchange have experienced a high rate of traffic incidents in the past, particularly large truck rollovers and car spinouts.

    December 1, 1901 3M Linear Delineation Panels: Helping Reduce Accidents on Louisville Interchanges
  • Helping Kentucky transform to ASTM Type XI sign sheeting

    Kentucky has one Central Sign Shop where most of the state’s signs are manufactured, along with smaller shops in each of its 12 districts. The State’s current mandate has been ASTM Type IV or Type IX sheeting for most traffic signs. However, recent efforts have been made to adopt a Type XI sign sheeting standard.

    December 1, 1901 Helping Kentucky transform to ASTM Type XI sign sheeting
  • Washington State DOT Finds Success With Digital Sign Printing Specification

    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) operates 18,600 lane miles of state highways. Maintaining quality signage throughout the state is a key part of ensuring that the motoring public travels safely and efficiently.

    December 1, 1901 Washington State DOT Finds Success With Digital Sign Printing Specification
  • Digitally printed traffic signs have many benefits; custom colors, text and graphics.

    Over the years, vehicles have evolved, modes of transportation have diversified, and the needs of road users have become more varied. To keep up with the shifting requirements of the people navigating our roads, traffic sign manufacturers and Department of Transportation (DOT) sign shops have adapted their processes to be more flexible and efficient.

    December 1, 1901 Digitally printed traffic signs have many benefits; custom colors, text and graphics.
  • Road Asset Management Systems: Assets, Planned Work and Data

    Road asset management systems keep all of your data in one place with information on road assets like signs, pavement markings and guardrails accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

    December 1, 1901 Road Asset Management Systems: Assets, Planned Work and Data
  • Road Asset Management Systems and Data Collection

    Effective data collection methods for your road asset management needs, leading to better, more informed decisions for you and your roadways.

    December 1, 1901 Road Asset Management Systems and Data Collection
  • The cities of the future: building safer roads in growing urban areas

    Urbanization can offer significant benefits for people around the world, including access to electricity, internet, economic opportunities, and more. However, with close to 7 billion people sharing space in urban areas, city planners have a big challenge ahead of them.

    December 1, 1901 The cities of the future: building safer roads in growing urban areas
  • What Happens to the Road Markings at Night When It Rains?

    In rainy, nighttime conditions, the pavement markings that define lanes can become difficult to see. Learn how pavement marking visibility plays a major role in helping drivers navigate, stay in their lanes, and get home safely.

    December 1, 1901 What Happens to the Road Markings at Night When It Rains?
  • Help Improve Intersection Safety: Add Backplates With Reflective Borders to Your Stoplights

    Help reduce traffic accidents at intersections by using traffic signal backplates with retroreflective borders. Highly visible traffic lights can alert distracted drivers.

    December 1, 1901 Help Improve Intersection Safety: Add Backplates With Reflective Borders to Your Stoplights
  • Put Your Roads on a Diet to Improve Traffic Safety

    To help increase road safety, consider putting your roads on a diet. A road diet reduces lanes of traffic to improve efficiency and help make roads safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

    December 1, 1901 Put Your Roads on a Diet to Improve Traffic Safety
  • Roundabouts vs intersections: why roundabouts are better

    Roundabouts reduce the number of conflict points at intersections, which lowers the number of traffic accidents. Choose the right road signs and pavement markings for roundabouts.

    December 1, 1901 Roundabouts vs intersections: why roundabouts are better
  • Improving the Safety of Horizontal Curves

    Horizontal curves have higher crash rates than other highway segments. Learn how improving visibility on horizontal curves can improve driver safety.

    December 1, 1901 Improving the Safety of Horizontal Curves
  • Modern low-beam headlights deliver less illumination. Adapt with Type XI sign sheeting.

    Modern low-beam headlights direct more light at the road, resulting in less light bouncing off road signs. Full-cube Type XI sign sheeting — a more efficient retroreflective sign sheeting — reflects more light to keep drivers safer at night.

    December 1, 1901 Modern low-beam headlights deliver less illumination. Adapt with Type XI sign sheeting.
  • Road sign uniformity: what matters (and what doesn't)

    Every road sign serves one primary purpose: convey the most accurate information possible at the moment when each driver needs it in order to make a decision. Key to accomplishing this is delivering that message quickly, effectively and safely.

    December 1, 1901 Road sign uniformity: what matters (and what doesn't)
  • Work Zone Safety: Simple Steps to Save Lives

    How to create safer road work zones for workers, drivers and pedestrians.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research Stats,Science,Reflective Sign Sheeting,Pavement Markings,Headlights Work Zone Safety: Simple Steps to Save Lives
  • Street-smart with front license plates

    This is how having front and back license plates makes a difference to public safety, law enforcement apprehension and state revenues

    December 1, 1901 Science & Technology of Road Safety 3M,front license plates,license plates,public safety,law enforcement,state revenues Street-smart with front license plates
  • Explained: ASTM standards for traffic signs

    Bringing together standards and science for consistent, visible traffic control devices.

    December 1, 1901 Road Safety ASTM Standards Explained: ASTM standards for traffic signs
  • Planning for road safety: awareness, behavior and infrastructure

    Learn more about reducing traffic crashes through awareness, behavior and infrastructure.

    December 1, 1901 Science & Technology of Road Safety traffic accidents,traffic deaths Planning for road safety: awareness, behavior and infrastructure
  • Reflective Tape: Help Improve the Visibility of your Vehicles. Protect Your Bottom Line.

    Learn how reflective tape can help protect your bottom line

    December 1, 1901 Reflective Tape: Help Improve the Visibility of your Vehicles. Protect Your Bottom Line.
  • Roundabouts are not your dad’s traffic circles

    Learn more about the safety and effectiveness of roundabouts.

    December 1, 1901 Trends Trends Roundabouts are not your dad’s traffic circles
  • 11 questions to choose the best digital sign printing solution

    Discover questions to ask yourself, the sign printer manufacturer, the ink supplier, the protective overlay manufacturer, and more.

    December 1, 1901 11 questions to choose the best digital sign printing solution
  • Statistics on road safety and elderly drivers

    Learn about the shocking statistics of elderly drivers and see how you can help keep them safe.

    December 1, 1901 Trends Statistics on road safety and elderly drivers
  • The science behind elderly drivers and aging eyes

    Learn about the science behind aging eyes and the impact it could have on road safety.

    December 1, 1901 Trends The science behind elderly drivers and aging eyes
  • Tips on examining data: 3 road sign displays

    Reflective sheeting performance graphics may be misleading. Learn what to watch for.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety Tips on examining data: 3 road sign displays
  • Retroreflectivity: a guiding light for black spots

    Learn about black spots and ideal technologies for ensuring maximum reflectivity on dark roads.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research black spots,lighting dark roads,road visibility,dark roadways Retroreflectivity: a guiding light for black spots
  • Why do pavement markings disappear in the rain?

    Learn about the science of pavement marking bead technology and why it matters in wet or dry conditions.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research pavement marking,rain,work zone,3M Why do pavement markings disappear in the rain?
  • How bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians can safely share the road

    Healthy communities watch out for one another and enjoy using byways safely and responsibly.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research How bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians can safely share the road
  • Helping to increase safety in construction and work zones with Positive Guidance

    Learn how signage, barricades and pavement markings keep you safe in temporary traffic control work zones.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research Stats,Science,Reflective Sign Sheeting,Pavement Markings,Headlights Helping to increase safety in construction and work zones with Positive Guidance
  • 3 trends that impact road sign performance

    Here are 3 trends which impact road signs & traffic safety.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Trends,Research Trends,Stats,Science,Reflective Sign Sheeting,Pavement Markings,Headlights,Aging Drivers,Vehicle Size 3 trends that impact road sign performance
  • A simple guide to road safety

    An intro to the science & technology of traffic signs & how it impacts road safety.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research Stats,Science,Reflective Sign Sheeting,Pavement Markings,Work Zones A simple guide to road safety
  • What is retroreflectivity & why is it important?

    Find out about the physics of retroreflectivity, why luminance is an important performance measurement for signs, how angularity affects sign visibility, and what defines ASTM sheeting types.

    December 1, 1901 Science of Road Safety,Research Stats,Science,Reflective Sign Sheeting,Pavement Markings,Headlights What is retroreflectivity & why is it important?
  • Highly retroreflective sign sheeting can help reduce crashes

    Studies show that upgrading to ASTM D4956 Type XI – compliant sheeting can help reduce crashes and has a positive cost-to-benefit ratio.

    December 1, 1901 Road Safety,Science & Technology,Research Research,Stats,Science,Reflective Sign Sheeting,Work Zone Signs & Devices Highly retroreflective sign sheeting can help reduce crashes
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