Road reflectivity study commences in QLD

The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) in conjunction with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), is currently undertaking a project testing roads throughout Queensland.

The testing which is done annually for TMR, is done to measure the reflectiveness of both the centre and fog lines on Queensland’s road network for sealed roads.

The primary goal of the annual linemarking reflectivity survey is to improve the reflectivity on Queensland’s Road network, reduce network crash risk and identify the network readiness for connected and automated vehicles.

As one of ARRB’s biggest projects, the line reflectivity vehicle is in use to undertake the testing as well as a new RetroTek-D Unit which is in its second year of use.

The data collected from the project will be used with the Department of Transport and Main Road’s existing asset condition plan along with ARRB’s Safety Risk Score, to develop a draft remarking program for 2022/2023.

Queensland had the unwanted record of the most road fatalities in 2021.

Travel restrictions, lockdowns and reduced traffic volumes did not stop the nation’s road toll rising 1.4 per cent to 1126 deaths in the 12 months to November 30 according to data from the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).

Queensland’s 291 fatalities in the first 11 months of the year were the most in the country and the state’s highest total in at least five years.

Over 50 truck drivers lost their lives on Australian roads last year.

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