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A92 ROUTE RE-SIGNING AND PASSIVE SAFETY


A92 ROUTE RE-SIGNING AND PASSIVE SAFETY


A92 Route Re-Signing and Passive Safety

Categories: REFLECTIVE SIGNAGE,

Date: 31st October 2011

Since 2001 BEAR Scotland Ltd, has been responsible for the management and maintenance of the North East Trunk Road Unit. The contract for the North East has recently been regained and BEAR have also been appointed to manage and maintain the South East Unit. BEAR has developed and implemented Route Signing Strategies – comprehensive initiatives to provide clear, coherent and consistent road user information to current design standards. The use of contemporary signmaking materials is also considered during the process, along with innovative traffic and road safety products. Redundant sign clutter and obsolete sign illumination is also identified as part of the individual route studies. Another aspect of these studies is the use of ‘Crash friendly’ sign supports (also known as passively safe structures). By applying the princi ples of good risk management, it is necessary to remove traditional steel posts and replace them with proprietary posts which either crumple or collapse on impact by a vehicle. Other means of minimising risk were also examined. These include the complete removal of redundant signs and posts, redesign to reduce sign and post size, and suitable relocation and simplification of post assemblies.

Nikkalite® Crystal Grade (CRG)

The most recently completed scheme to adopt these principles covered a 12 mile section fothe A92 trunk road through Fife. BEAR Scotland Ltd., installed more than 120 new signs. All signs were manufactured using Nikkalite® Crystal Grade (CRG) microprismatic sheeting which met all the specification requirements set out for the project.

The Results

On final inspection, the scheme designer Mr John Crawford of BEAR Consultancy Services commented that “The performance of the Crystal Grade microprismatic signface sheeting is excellent in a wide range of conditions. During daylight hours the whiteness of the sheeting provides excellent contrast with the coloured overlay films and this feature is maintained during adverse weather conditions and in Rennicks UK Ltd the dark.”

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The earlier a motorist is able to see a road sign, the longer they have to absorb the information given. We have a range of Nikkalite® retroreflective sheeting suitable for permanent road traffic signs where long term durability is required.

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