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Old 11-10-2018, 05:16 AM
 
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My wife and I had this same conversation last night. Here in SC all roads have the reflectors, it is awesome but not practical for CT.

Also, “glow paint” is actually epoxy marking paint with glass flakes thrown on top. Acts both as a reflector and prevents the paint from sticking to tires.

I’ve watched/ stood next too working countless miles and miles and miles of 95 being striped.
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Old 11-10-2018, 06:29 AM
 
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I just wish there’s a solution to road conditions and safety. Driving on a wrong lane during rush hour was bad enough for me.
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:49 AM
 
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So you all understand, Connecticut did test these reflectors but found that they were not durable enough. Between the plow damage and the affects of freeze and thaw on them, by the end of the winter season most were missing or damaged. It was not worth the cost and work to maintain them. Installing and replacing them meant closing down lanes which is very difficult and expensive. Jay

There are lots of snow belt states that have reflectors and put the ones that fail back every spring. Vermont uses durable pavement markers on all the major secondary roads. They replace about 1/3 of them every year. This is a typical example of the pathetic Connecticut road infrastructure. 50 years of "it's not worth the cost of....".
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Additionally, those new LED street lights make everything look so dark..
Not only that but those new LEDs are blinding if you look directly at them. I HATE the bright Daylight White lights! Folks, you can get LED's in warm light (yellowish like incandescents used to be). Look at the Kelvin color spectrum. Anything over 5000 is bright white. Anything under 2000 is very yellow.


As far as the reflectors... They can be recessed! No plow will damage a recessed reflector. Problem is... Who is going to make the cut outs to recess them all in... and we would need a ton of them.


It is tough in heavy rain and snow to see the double yellow but I'm guessing a simple repaint of that section is needed. Car lights should be sufficient enough to see it even in heavy rain.


Contact that local town and bring it up for that area you encountered
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Old 11-10-2018, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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There are lots of snow belt states that have reflectors and put the ones that fail back every spring. Vermont uses durable pavement markers on all the major secondary roads. They replace about 1/3 of them every year. This is a typical example of the pathetic Connecticut road infrastructure. 50 years of "it's not worth the cost of....".
Vermont uses epoxy resin paint, just like Connecticut. Connecticut uses durable pavement markings for key features like stop bars and lane assignment arrows and has a program to replace markings on its roads annually, not every 3 years. Remember that Connecticut roads have a lot more traffic than Vermont roads which wears out marking quickly. This is what most states do and that is hardly pathetic. Jay
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:19 AM
 
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Iím not sure why people are advocating for these. The benefit is minimal and cost canít be cheap. If they lasted awhile, sure, but they wonít in CT. Waste of taxpayer dollars.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:48 AM
 
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Iím not sure why people are advocating for these. The benefit is minimal and cost canít be cheap. If they lasted awhile, sure, but they wonít in CT. Waste of taxpayer dollars.
Exactly what ConnDOT concluded. What they are now trying with some success is recessed pavement markings. This where you mill the road surface for the line so it is lower than the surface of the road. I believe they tried it on sections of I-84 around Hartford. They have not decided if this will become the standard or not. Again it is more expensive so it may not be worth it if they find it does not extend the life of the pavement markings. Jay
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:39 AM
 
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PA uses them and while they are helpful when they are new, they are just as worthless as everything else once they get worn. Or they start doing construction and tear everything up.

Is it the LEDs that are making us all batty? I'm driving a car 20 years newer than I was a year ago - with fog lights - and I can't see **** at night. I'm going to put a new pair of headlights in but I'm not convinced that's my entire issue.

I drove back from New York a year ago and I could see best on roads that were completely dark with only my headlights. It's like there's too much light now - not enough to make it daylight but too much to give us contrast.
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Old 11-10-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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I poked around a bit due to my incessant need for useless information.

3M make a raised reflector that can be used in plowed areas. They cost about $4 each but installation and replacement take some time.

Here in MA, they do install reflectors in recesses in many areas. Rt 495 was just paved between Middleboro and 195 - the recesses are there waiting for the reflectors.

I was on 495 on the north end of 95 today and the sun was hitting the reflectors just right. I noticed in my mirror that they were red - I presume it's a safety device so that cars going the wrong way at night will see the red and hopefully get off the road.
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Old Today, 08:55 AM
 
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Vermont uses epoxy resin paint, just like Connecticut. Connecticut uses durable pavement markings for key features like stop bars and lane assignment arrows and has a program to replace markings on its roads annually, not every 3 years. Remember that Connecticut roads have a lot more traffic than Vermont roads which wears out marking quickly. This is what most states do and that is hardly pathetic. Jay

I was just on I-91 coming down from Vermont in sleet & freezing rain on Sunday night after the Patriots debacle in Pittsburgh. Massachusetts I-91 has reflectors embedded in the asphalt at every white dashed line. That part of Massachusetts gets more snow and sees far more plowing than anywhere in Connecticut.
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