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Specifications


Pilot specification for approved roadmarking products (M7 2017)

Published: 2017

M7-2017 is a pilot specification that sets out the requirements for the approval of roadmarking paints and long life products. This specification introduces high visibility markings and wet retroreflectivity requirements. The associated approval list provides details of materials for use on chipseal and asphalt surfaces on state highways.


Roadmarking paints (M7)

Published: 2009

This specification sets out requirements for paints which are intended for use as roadmarkings on road surfaces. The Specification is applicable to paints intended for use by spray application and paints intended to be incorporated with beads to give roadmarkings with retroreflective properties. Roadmarking paint used in Method Based Contracts on the state highway must be on the current list of type approved paints in M7 Notes.

Note: Use is mandatory in method based contracts on state highways and recommended on other road controlling authority roads.


Raised pavement markers (M12)

Published: 2007

This specification and guidance notes cover performance requirements for retroreflective and non-retroreflective raised pavement markers (RRPMs and RPMs). Raised pavement markers used on the state highway must be on the current list of type approved markers. Markers that have current approval in terms of M12 for use on state highways are listed in Appendix A.

Note: Use is mandatory on state highways and recommended on other road controlling authority roads.


Edge marker posts (M14)

Published: 2011

This specification and guidance notes set out requirements for edge marker posts (EMPs) as used in the delineation of state highways in accordance with the Manual of traffic signs and markings (MOTSAM) part II: Markings, part 2, section 5.05, Edge marker posts (A1) and as envisaged by figures 5-10 and 5-11 in that manual. EMPs used on the state highway must be on the current list of type approved markers. Markers that have current approval in terms of M14 for use on state highways are listed in M14 notes table 1.

Note: Use is mandatory on state highways and recommended on other road controlling authority roads.


Long-life roadmarking materials (M20)

Published: 2003

This specification and guidance notes set out requirements for marking materials which have a long service life and which are typically applied at thicknesses of about 0.9 mm or more. The specification is applicable to these markings when applied over bituminous or concrete road surfaces. The list of approved long-life pavement marking materials include thermoplastic and cold applied plastic materials. The P22 reflectorised pavement marking and P30 high performance marking specifications require that the marking materials used in roadmarking must be on the current list of approved products. The long-life materials listed in these notes have provisional approval for use on state highways.

Note: Use is mandatory in method based contracts on state highways and recommended on other road controlling authority roads.


Audio tactile profiled roadmarkings (M24)

Published: 2007

This specification and guidance notes apply only to audio tactile profiled (ATP) roadmarkings. These roadmarkings include rumble strips and are those that provide all three of audio and tactile (vibratory) and visual information to road users. ATP roadmarkings used on the state highway must be on the current list of type approved markings. ATP markings that have current approval in terms of M24 for use on state highways are listed in M24 notes.


Management of audio tactile edge line markings

This report by VicRoads may be useful for surfacing engineers and asset engineers trying to decide 'should I chipseal over my audio tactile profiled (ATP) roadmarkings?' The report concludes a small (7mm) seal which equates to a New Zealand Grade 4 chip (or a small Grade 3 chip) may be applied over ATP roadmarkings while still maintaining reasonable audio and tactile response.


Internally illuminated pavement markers (M29)

Published: 2011

This specification covers size, function and performance requirements for self illuminating raised pavement markers which are attached directly to the road surface with or without stubs inserted into the pavement. The markers may stand proud of the road surface or be set flush with it. This specification is based on advice from pavement marker manufacturers and overseas practice, and consultation has been undertaken with interested parties in New Zealand.


Pavement marking (P12)

Published: 2000

This specification and guidance notes apply to the reflectorised and non-reflectorised marking of sealed and paved road surfaces in paint, thermoplastic and other types of roadmarking materials. Thermoplastic application is limited to machine screeding, machine spray and machine extrusion. Paint shall be applied by machine spray methods only.

Note: Not recommended for use on state highways. Please use P22 specification for reflectorised pavement marking.


Raised pavement markers installation (P14)

Published: 1995

This specification and guidance notes apply to the installation of raised pavement markers. The specification has been written so that it may be used for bulk installation of new sections of markers, replacement markers on resurfacing and urgent replacement of markers.

Note: Use is mandatory on state highways and recommended on other road controlling authority roads.


Edge marker posts installation (P16)

Published: 2011

This specification and guidance notes cover the installation of edge marker posts, either for newly constructed or upgraded sites.

Note: Use is mandatory on state highways and recommended on other road controlling authority roads.


Reflectorised pavement marking (P22)

Published: 2006

This specification applies to the marking of sealed and paved road surfaces in paint and thermoplastic roadmarking materials that are reflectorised by means of an application of glass beads.


High performance roadmarking (P30) (SP30)

Published: 2009

This specification and accompanying guidance notes set out the requirements for high performance roadmarkings for road safety. This specification applies to specialised pavement markings installed on roads with a traffic volume of >5,000 v/day and where a traffic safety strategy has identified the need for improved delineation.

Note: Optional high performance roadmarking specification.


Coloured surfacings (P33)

Published: 2017

This specification describes the application of coloured surfacings for use on roads, cycle ways. Does not cover high friction surfacings.


Roadmarking paint applicator testing (T8)

Published: 2008

This specification describes technical, testing and certification requirements for mechanically controlled roadmarking paint applicators to be used for work in compliance with P12 specification for pavement marking and P22 specification for reflectorised pavement marking.


Long-life pavement marking material applicator testing (T12)

Published: 2003

This specification describes technical, testing and certification requirements for mechanically propelled roadmarking applicators and associated equipment to be used in the application of long-life materials in compliance with P12 specification for pavement marking, P22 specification for reflectorised pavement marking or P30 specification for high performance roadmarkings.


Determination of retroreflectivity (T16)

Published: 2009

This specification describes the procedure for determining the retroreflectivity of roadmarking material. A retroreflectometer shall be used having 30 metre geometry, ie an entrance angle of 88.76° and an observation angle of 1.05°. The retroreflectometer shall be calibrated against national or international traceable standards.


Determination of heavy metal content in glass beads intended for use in pavement (T17)

Published: 2009

This specification describes the procedure for determining the heavy metal content in glass beads intended for use in pavement marking materials. The primary testing method shall be by acid digestion followed by ICP-MS (inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer). X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis is a suitable method to supplement ICP-MS as part of a quality system.

For further information contact pavements@nzta.govt.nz.

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