Pavement Marking Materials (PMM)

Pavement marking materials provide positive guidance to the travelling public, in the form of lateral positioning, messages, and nighttime visibility of the road geometry. They are a form of "traffic control device" as defined by the MUTCD. It is understood that their level of service, as a function of quality and durability, should be maintained at consistent levels for adequate operational performance of the road facility.

There are many different types and classes of pavement marking products available today.  Each is manufactured with differing formulas specific to the class of product, pavement surface application, and a host of other significant factors,  An individual brand of pavement marking material can have several different formulations with alterations made for a specific use or user specification.

This inherent variability within a dynamic industry and the need to compare product performance on an even playing field led to the adoption of ASTM Specification D 713, the Accelerated Wear Test, by AASHTO's NTPEP Oversight Committee.  This procedure allows over 200 similar products to be tested at once, side by side, and in the same conditions by applying the pavement marking materials transverse to the direction of traffic across the roadway in what is called a "testing deck".  The testing deck ensures that products are exposed to equal amounts of wear generated by the continuous flow of traffic across the deck, as well as the same environmental stresses for the entire evaluation.  A series of instrumented and observational field measurements are made at specific intervals for each product being evaluated and performance results are determined for reporting.

Each year, NTPEP conducts Accelerated Wear Test evaluations of pavement markings in different zones defined by AASHTO to represent various geographical and climatic regions.  Starting each spring, manufacturers are asked to submit each individual product they would like to have NTPEP tested and certified.  Depending on the type of pavement marking, the product is subjected to a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year field test, and depending on the class of the pavement marking, a series of applicable laboratory tests.  Results are reported through the NTPEP Datamine website.  NTPEP reports are available to other AASHTO committees including: Traffic Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Materials Engineers, and Chief Engineers.

The NTPEP Technical Committee is responsible for developing a "Project Work Plan" each year that defines the evaluation protocol for each pavement marking material type.  During the annual working meeting, the previous year's project work plan is discussed, changes are made, and the work plan is balloted for approval from two thirds of the 52 AASHTO voting members of each state department of transportation (DOT).  Improvements and changes are implemented immediately for the next testing cycle.  This allows the NTPEP program to remain effective and efficient by having the ability to quickly adapt to the needs of both the manufacturers and users through the dynamic nature of the NTPEP process.

2016 Test Deck Status:​

There will be no new test deck applications in 2016. As announced during the NTPEP Annual Meeting earlier this month, a 2016 PMM test deck will not occur due to a shortage of resources amongst the participating state DOT's.  There is an intention to provide new test deck sites for 2017. Multiple states have already solicited for hosting the 2017 test deck. Preliminary coordination has begun with these states, well in advance. Formal announcement for 2017 will be given by January 2017.


2015/2016 Florida PMM evaluation REAPPLICATION:

Florida DOT is committed to reinstallation of the 2015 PMM asphalt surface in the fall of 2016. Participating manufacturers from the 2015 installations have already been contacted for associated expenses as well as their level of participation in the reinstallation scheduled for fall 2016. This reinstallation option is ONLY available to manufacturers who installed product on asphalt during the 2015 PMM installation hosted by Florida DOT.   ​


The next PMM quarterly call is tentatively scheduled for 9/6/16 at 11:00 a.m​. Please contact the technical committee's liaison for call details.

Technical Committee Members
This roster is as up-to-date as AASHTO's official membership database. The columns are sortable by clicking on the column title.
Committee Name: NTPEP-Technical Committee on Pavement Marking Materials
NameEmail AddressAgency NameDesignationMember Type
Kuniega, David H. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Chair Voting
Mitchell, Brandi Ramona Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Vice Chair Voting
Glick, Vince American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Liaison None
Eames, Alexandra Louise American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials AASHTO Staff None
Jenkins, Andre Lemar Alabama Department of Transportation Member Voting
Reed, Nikita L Florida Department of Transportation Member Voting
Vinik, Paul E Florida Department of Transportation Member Voting
Morse, Kelly L Illinois Department of Transportation Member Voting
Pelham, Michael Paul Indiana Department of Transportation Member Voting
Davis, Jason Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Member Voting
Tisdale, Doc A Maryland Department of Transportation Member Voting
Gallistel, Allen Minnesota Department of Transportation Member Voting
Baronas, Lee New Hampshire Department of Transportation Member Voting
Galarza, Patrick New York State Department of Transportation Member Voting
Berg, Ken Utah Department of Transportation Member Voting
Ellis, Wendy M Vermont Agency of Transportation Member Voting
Fleming, C. Wa Virginia Department of Transportation Member Voting
Rauch, Matthew Roy Wisconsin Department of Transportation Member Voting
Wright, Scott Crown Technology, LLC Other Non-Voting
Greyson, Eric C Dow Chemical Company Other Non-Voting


Industry Participants
Chris Fox
Industry Member
Sherwin Williams
(216) 515-5585
Jeannie Powell
Industry Member
Crown Technology
(706) 553-9500
David Villiani
Industry Member
Ennis Paint Inc.
(678) 296-9910
Brian Korschgen, AASHTO Liaison,, (202) 624-8566