Intersections: Pavement Markings

United States Pavement markings, as determined by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), are efficient ways to instruct drivers of roadway use and warn them of potential hazards ahead. While we are aware of most pavement markings found at intersections, let’s take a little time to do a quick review the most common ones.

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Intersections: Signs and Signals

Signs are standardized to help motorists quickly determine the type of information they display. Color and shape give cues to help the driver understand the roadway situation the sign is identifying.

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Intersections: Conventional

Signalized Intersections

A Signalized intersection is operated by electronic traffic control devices. These devices are used by state and local agencies to separate conflicting movements along shared roadway spaces such as intersections.

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Intersections: Innovative

As our roadways become more congested, transitioning intersections becomes more frustrating and time-consuming for drivers. Older intersections just weren’t built to handle today’s heavier traffic volume.

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Intersections: Special Situations

As mentioned in a previous article, not all roadway encounters involve other vehicles. We share the roadways with trains, bicycles, all kinds of pedestrians, and smaller motorized mobility devices.

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Backing the Motor Home

Nervous about backing your motorhome into a campgound site? Watch this video for strategies to employ when backing into tricky situations.

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