Highway maintenance

/Highway maintenance

Good Highway maintenance is essential now and into the future to ensure that roads are safe to drive on. Authorities and Organisations responsible for Highway maintenance need accurate up to date surveys of the road network to enable this to happen. Retroreflectometers like the RetroTek-M are needed to measure the RL values and absence / presence of road markings to ensure that all roads are maintained to the highest standards.

RetroTek and Estonia – Pilot Road Marking Retroreflective Survey

A pilot project on the measurement of the night visibility (retroreflectivity) of road markings on the main roads of Estonia using a mobile retroreflectometer. The contracting authority: Estonian Road Administration. Tallinn Report date: July 2017 Participated in the work of the contract: Mr. Tiit Kaal, Consultant: ERC Consulting Ltd. Estonia, Mr. Joe Turley CEO, [...]

ERF – High Level Road Safety Conference in Malta attended by RMS

Joe Turley of Reflective Measurement Systems attended the European Union Road Federation's High Level Road Safety Conference which was held in Malta on March 28th.  This conference brought together stakeholders active in the field of road safety to provide recommendations for the Road Safety Ministerial Meeting which took place the following day.  This was a [...]

Future-proofing road markings

With the advent of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, efficiently surveying and maintaining the quality of road markings has never been more important when it comes to safety. Autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles are now being driven and tested on our roads. Improving road safety is a key factor in these developments. Today’s production cars already [...]

6 of Britain’s 10 “most Improved” Roads feature better road markings

EuroRap (European Road Assesment Programme) have just published their "British EuroRAP Results 2016 – Performance Tracking Tables " which say that "6 of Britain's 10 "most Improved" Roads feature better road markings. These Performance Tracking Tables provide valuable information to all road users and those responsible for the design, building and maintenance of the road [...]

Road Markings vital for autonomous vehicles

It is estimated that by 2025 at least half of the vehicles on Europe's roads will have some ability to "read" the road ahead. These vehicles will not work if the road markings and lines upon which they rely are not maintained to a high standard. This will place additional pressures on governments and road [...]

DfT plans ‘roadmap to fully automated vehicles’

Autonomous vehicles are on the way and will form a substantial part of the road transport fleet in the next few years. Governments all over the world are getting to grips with all that this will entail, both good and bad, and many are putting together plans and strategies to assist them with making the [...]

Race for driverless cars hots up

The Surveyor Transport Network wrote an interesting article in August about how the "Race for driverless cars" is hotting up with Uber announcing plans to roll out self-driving taxis in America, Ford vowing to put driverless cars on the road by 2021 and Helsinki unveiling driverless buses. Read the full article HERE   It [...]

European Union Road Federation Position Paper towards improving Traffic Signs in European Roads

This European Union Road Federation Position Paper published in November 2015 highlights the importance of the proper design, placement and in particular maintenance of Vertical Road Signs across the European Union. This is becoming a critical road safety issue particularly when you consider the ageing population and increasing cross border traffic. These issues combined with [...]

Retroreflectivity to become more important for highways authorities

First publishedin The Global Road Safety Review 2016 as: Reflecting the future Retroreflectivity is only going to become more important for highways authorities: Jon Masters reviews some of this year’s major developments RMS launched the RetroTek-M traffic speed retroreflectometer in late 2015 and has developed the RetroTek-View suite of reporting software "Measurement [...]

RetroTek™ – Mobile Retroreflectometer Certified to EN1436

StrausZert e.V. certify the RetroTek-M as a suitable Mobile Pavement Retroreflectometer for measuring the coefficient of retroreflected luminance RL of road markings. RetroTek-M fitted to vehicle RetroTek-M surveys full lane width Dublin, Ireland, March 30, 2016– The RetroTek-M is the first Dual Line mobile retroreflectometer to be certified to [...]