I refer to the letter from Brian Watson (“Statement incorrect”, The Advocate, August 11) regarding a story on road marking and the (dis)benefit of adopting Victorian Specifications.
While the inclusion of glass beads in road markings is required under Australian Standards, the Victorian Roads Authority (VicRoads) technical specification for road marking mandates a significantly higher level of reflectivity for white lines on road pavement than the current Tasmanian Technical Specification R64. This results in greater visibility of road markings in wet weather and at night, as well as increased durability and less frequent replacement of road markings.
State Roads is currently working with VicRoads and the construction industry to move towards adoption of VicRoads Technical Specifications across all road construction and maintenance activities from 1 July, 2016. Contrary to Mr Watson’s suggestion that “this move will have serious implications for the design, construction and maintenance of Tasmanian roads”, it will allow us to access a broad base of research and development undertaken by VicRoads, ensuring that we keep up to date with technical developments and contemporary road building standards. Improvements in performance of road markings is just one such example.
General manager State Roads
Department of State Growth
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