LESSON 1/TASK 1
Some markings are simply paint, others are reflectorized paint. Still other markings may be made of
glass or other material and may be set into the pavement. The markings must be measured. Those
that are so long as to preclude the use of the tape measure can be measured using the vehicle
Information and data collected during the studies may be recorded in several ways. The method used
will depend on the purpose for recording the data, the amount of data, and the availability of data
processing equipment. Maximum use of automatic data processing (ADP) should be made when
appropriate. In some cases, a simple loose-leaf binder or card file may be adequate. The method
selected should allow for the rapid and easy retrieval and manipulation of the data collected.
There are many ways in which the data collected can be used to facilitate both planning and
operations. Several of these, such as the installation master plan and the traffic circulation plan, have
already been discussed. Enforcement activities can also benefit from this information. Some other
uses are discussed in the following paragraphs.
The traffic section should maintain a map or maps of the installation. They can use overlays, markings,
or colored pins to portray the location of traffic devices. This information aids them in traffic control
planning activities, as well as in enforcement and investigation activities. Special problems can also be
noted in this manner.
The information gathered from the studies can be used to assist in the justification of requests for some
corrective action. When combined with other data, they may indicate a problem area, or suggest a
solution. Information can be collated with a study of high accident locations. This may assist in
determining causes for accidents and/or suggest solutions to prevent accidents.
Studies can be used with those of traffic capacity or volume to ensure the maximum safe flow of traffic.
In this way, they can contribute to improving the traffic circulation plan. The information gathered
assists when road reconnaissance and classification must be accomplished.