Traffic Lines and How It is Done

Wherever we go, roads signs will never disappear. This is to ensure that public awareness is met in every place. Safety is our top priority. Surface markings are there to serve as guidance. It is usually seen on paved roadways which can indicate regular parking, stopping, and pedestrian crossing. This also minimizes confusion and uncertainty. Although, different countries may have different ways of specifying their road markings but still, safety is the main concern. Line markings has to be visible and the paint used must be longer-lasting. Most importantly, these signs must be clear to everyone that they understand what, when and how to follow it.

Most contractors paint the roads with white or yellow lines or sometimes with drawings and texts. Paint is usually applied right after the road has been paved. A Striper truck is the one which does the painting. This truck contains hundred gallons of road paint stored in drums. Some road markings cannot be manually painted because it would take much time and humans as we are we cannot avoid committing mistakes and road signs, of all signs, do not allow any errors to take place. It is best to apply paint twice to thicken the latex. This method will extend the span of the markings. There is also thermoplastic or hot melt paints that is used to mark roads. Coating glass beads are also added (mixed with or separately spread to the thermoplastic paint) in order to identify road markings even at night time. Commonly applied by a road marking machine to divide road into lanes. The downside is that, in places with warm climate thermoplastic markings can only last from 3 to 6 years. While in cold areas, snowplows are more likely to damage the paint which would limit its usage.



In pedestrian lanes, a stripping machine is being controlled by an expert to paint the zebra lines. The machine is just small and is convenient for the operator to turn or change direction. Before applying the paint, the road must be paved already, swept clean and kept dry. Next step is to spray on a primer layer on the asphalt or cement. The pull or push the striping machine with the guide rod along the guiding line. The zebra stripes are not long. Its width are only 350mm, 400mm, 450mm, 500mm and 600mm. However, these non mechanical road line markers have negative impacts to the road itself. These can cause road cracks and worse, it can create raveling.

There are many road markings for you to be aware of.
• Centre broken white line
• Lane line
• Give way road markings
• Stop lines
• Stop line at traffic lights
• Hazard warning line
• Hatched road marking
• Dividing chevron markings
• Chevron road markings with solid line
• Lane reduction hatch road markings
• Directional arrow marking
• Double white lines
• Pedestrian crossing
• Single white line roadside
• Cycle lanes and boxes
• Double yellow lines
• Red routes
• Road traffic lane markings
• Keep clear road markings
• Bus lane

Make sure next time you hit the road, you are familiar to these markings as to prevent accidents and commotions in the road. If you are looking for a line marker, contact Sydney line marking.


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