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An Automated Roadway Pavement Marker Placement System

Project Team: Stay Alert Safety Services, Detail Technologies, and Illinois Institute of Technology

Award: $499,277

picture of the prototype automated roadway pavement marker placement system

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What Is It?

The Automated Roadway Pavement Marker Placement System automates the installation of raised pavement markers on roadways.

Stack up markers

Hit the road

Apply adhesive

Place marker

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  • Traffic delays and vehicle crashes at work zones have resulted in significant economic consequences
  • Manual installation of roadway pavement markers is one of the most dangerous activities in the industry

Anticipated advantages to conventional practice

  • Removes workers from exposure to traffic
  • Reduces congestion by requiring less stoppage on highway
  • Cost savings from reduced labor and accelerated installation cycle time

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Planned Refinements

Improved marker delivery system.
Improved marker delivery system

Enhanced adhesive subsystem.
Enhanced adhesive subsystem

Redesigned pallet subsystem.
Redesigned pallet subsystem

Improved hydraulic cylinder.
Improved hydraulic cylinder

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Julie Zirlin
Center for Accelerating Innovation

Updated: 04/04/2011

United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration