Though contractors are generally hired for constructing or maintaining asphalt structures, they also play an essential role in safety guidance for property owners. Driver and pedestrian safety are a top priority, and with regulations like the Americans with Disabilities Act, working with an experienced contractor who knows federal and local laws is critical. Our experts on asphalt paving and sealcoating in Dallas Fort Worth, TX, offer you road and parking lot safety information.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) sets minimum standards for signage, pavement marking, traffic control, and safety across US roadways. The MUTCD was developed over time by traffic control organizations and professionals to ensure more efficient and safe travel. It is administered by the Federal Highway Administration and updated as needed to account for evolving technology, new traffic control tools, and more efficient techniques for traffic management.
Any signage installed or materials placed on roadways must comply with MUTCD standards that cover a wide variety of requirements and situations, like crosswalk measurements, signage, retro-reflectivity requirements, line width, the color of marking materials for certain circumstances, and more. Pavement marking and signage bids, for example, include MUTCD specifications, so a contractor needs to know and understand specifications to bid and complete the work according to the guidelines.
While traffic volumes and speeds are significantly lower in parking lots than on roadways, the added stress of delivery and service trucks, public transportation vehicles, and pedestrians complicates safety problems. Parking lots typically have row after row of parking stalls, making clear pavement markings and signage critical for helping people navigate through the maze. It is also essential to inform pedestrians of the safest route to use to walk to and from their cars.
When constructing a new parking lot, the engineering plans generally determine where pavement markings are placed. Be sure to allow your paving contractor to review the plans before installing pavement markings to ensure traffic flow makes sense, provides guidance in, through, and out of the parking area efficiently, and keeps people safe. Engineers and architects developing these plans believe they know the optimal traffic flow, but often this is not the case. Therefore, it is always best to get a professional second opinion to ensure proper flow and safety before the work is completed.
If you need to have your lot restriped due to sealcoating, overlaying, or faded markings, take some time to reevaluate your lot's traffic flow and layout. Take time to consider any complaints, pedestrian or traffic accidents, and design or ADA compliance issues that might have come up in the past. Then, your contractor can redesign or tweak the layout of your lot if needed.
These are just some considerations to keep in mind regarding pavement safety. Though safety for roadways and parking lots are very different, you should take it seriously in all applications. Contact us today for a free quote on all your asphalt paving and sealcoating needs in Dallas Fort Worth, TX. With more than 45 years in the paving industry, our family-owned and operated blacktop service has the experience and expertise to exceed your expectations with every job we complete.