The most basic form of motorist information is the variety of pavement markings on streets and highways. These stripes, shapes and symbols denote the rules of the road by giving lane boundaries, guides for turning, crosswalk locations, and warnings of potential hazards. Pavement markings work in conjunction with road signs and traffic signals to give motorists a clear picture of the highway's characteristics. Because pavement markings are directly in the driver's view of the road, they offer an effective means of communication.
The FDOT is authorized under Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes and the Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to provide the state with a uniform system of traffic signs and signals. Florida has incorporated by state administrative rule the MUTCD, which includes standards for the use of pavement markings. Through this standardized approach, motorists can count on having recognizable, consistent markings that are easily understood.
For more information on Pavement Marking, refer to the following:
- FHWA Article: Pavement Markings
- National Cooperative Highway Research Program: Pavement Marking and Materials (Safety Impact / Cost-Effectiveness)
For additional information, please contact the State Traffic Services Section at StateTrafficServicesSection@dot.state.fl.us.