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Retroreflectivity testing technology drives safety and efficiency

Surrey, BC | May 9, 2014 – Mainroad Pavement Marking announces the use of a new and innovative retroreflectivity technology by Zehntner Testing Instruments. Glass beads are added to line marking paint to create a reflective surface that improves visibility during low light conditions.  The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure sets the standard for pavement marking reflectivity to safeguard motorists when driving at night or during low light conditions.  Mainroad’s contract with the Ministry requires that a retroreflectivity test be conducted within 30 days of pavement marking and again at the end of the painting season.

Zehntner’s ZDR 6020 Dynamic Retroreflectometer is attached to a vehicle, allowing the operator to gather continuous pavement marking retroreflectivity measurements while driving at the posted speed limit.

Operations Manager, Ken Nash stated, “The safety of the driving public and our employees is paramount.  Mainroad’s investment in this mobile unit eliminates the need for lane closures and traffic control and is a far more safe and efficient process than the hand held testing device we used previously.”   

A similar type of testing equipment is being used in Ontario, however Mainroad is the only highway maintenance contractor in North America using this Swiss manufactured testing technology.  The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently renewed its contract with Mainroad for pavement marking services in the Lower Mainland.  Mainroad Pavement Marking also plays a key role in Mainroad’s P3 work on the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project and the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

WATCH Global TV News Coverage May 15, 2014

About Mainroad Pavement Marking LP
Mainroad Pavement Marking is a division of the Mainroad Group, an employee owned company recognized as a leader in providing innovative, safe and reliable maintenance, products and construction services for civil infrastructure across Canada.  Today, after twenty-five years, Mainroad celebrates a diversified portfolio of infrastructure businesses including highway maintenance, bridge construction, Public Private Partnership projects, highway asset management, pavement marking, traffic management services, electrical and tolling systems, cold asphalt and salt products as well as ready-mix concrete and aggregate supplies.  Watch our corporate video  | Learn about Mainroad’s history, growth, culture, what we do, and the road ahead.

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Niki Taylor, Communications Specialist
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