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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:05 AM   #221
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:08 AM   #222
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:32 AM   #223
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I'm sorry if I'm asking what others already asked before, but why do you use those weird dots to separate lanes in NZ instead of regular long markings? I never drove in NZ, but to me as an outsider it seems to be doing a poor job in separating different lanes. I noticed though that you do use reflectors in lane markings which helps driving at night. Is it just one of the ways to distinguish NZ from others or does it have real practical advantage? Have you been using this method for a long time?
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I'm sorry if I'm asking what others already asked before, but why do you use those weird dots to separate lanes in NZ instead of regular long markings? I never drove in NZ, but to me as an outsider it seems to be doing a poor job in separating different lanes. I noticed though that you do use reflectors in lane markings which helps driving at night. Is it just one of the ways to distinguish NZ from others or does it have real practical advantage? Have you been using this method for a long time?
I am not sure, I haven't even noticed it I guess that all the new roads are using the dot method - there must have been some research that showed that it is more beneficial to road users - more cat's eyes and noisier when you cross onto the lines (for the sleepy folk) ... the older roads have longer strips (refer to the pic below) ..... sorry that I can't give you a definitive answer, maybe somebody else can elaborate

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Old January 21st, 2010, 12:29 PM   #225
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I'm sorry if I'm asking what others already asked before, but why do you use those weird dots to separate lanes in NZ instead of regular long markings? I never drove in NZ, but to me as an outsider it seems to be doing a poor job in separating different lanes. I noticed though that you do use reflectors in lane markings which helps driving at night. Is it just one of the ways to distinguish NZ from others or does it have real practical advantage? Have you been using this method for a long time?
The dot method has been used in Australia for a long time. It's nearly everywhere in Canberra, on parkways and arterial roads. In Victoria, it was very common also on freeways. However, during past ten years it has been changed to long lines with reflectors for new freeways and roads. With some existing roads the long lines were put in but the dots not taken out so that traffic lanes are separated by long lines alternating with five dots.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 08:33 AM   #226
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Thank you, guys. So it looks like those dots are more of cultural thing rather than "new technology".
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 04:23 AM   #227
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Thank you, guys. So it looks like those dots are more of cultural thing rather than "new technology".
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Old January 23rd, 2010, 09:42 AM   #228
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Wouldn't those dots look less like dots when you're on the road, at speed?
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Old January 24th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #229
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@SYDNEY: In those photos of Auckland motorway, is also the new motorway (underwater i think)?
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Wouldn't those dots look less like dots when you're on the road, at speed?
Good point yes they do, probably why I never noticed it


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@SYDNEY: In those photos of Auckland motorway, is also the new motorway (underwater i think)?
There are 2 planned motorways:

1. The Waterview connection will be mostly underground and,
2. The Harbour tunnel will be under the water (connecting the CBD with North Shore)
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There are 2 planned motorways:
1. The Waterview connection will be mostly underground and,
2. The Harbour tunnel will be under the water (connecting the CBD with North Shore)
Thank you for the info; those projects/roads (i think the first is ready) are not ready yet?
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The dot method has been used in Australia for a long time. It's nearly everywhere in Canberra, on parkways and arterial roads. In Victoria, it was very common also on freeways. However, during past ten years it has been changed to long lines with reflectors for new freeways and roads. With some existing roads the long lines were put in but the dots not taken out so that traffic lanes are separated by long lines alternating with five dots.
There is a reason for this, it is to do with the fact that the Botts' Dots (as they are known) are very hazardous for motorcycles changing lanes in slippery conditions. Newer motorways in New Zealand are largely doing away with the dots in favour of the reflector/line combination.
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I think Botts' Dots may even precede the reflective paint, as they were first implemented during the mid-1950's. Botts' Dots had the advantage that they also alert motorists who unconsciously leaving their lane. However, with modern thermoplast road markings this effect can be done as well.

Botts' Dots are a pain in the ass in snowfall areas, because the snowplows can rip them out of the pavement. But I guess snowfall is not very common in the major New Zealand cities.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 12:45 PM   #234
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The dots are much easier to see when the road is wet as well.
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 11:39 PM   #235
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Thank you, guys. So it looks like those dots are more of cultural thing rather than "new technology".
LOL. Botts dots come from the U.S..
They are extensively used in California & Nevada among others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botts'_dots
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Nice updates Sydney.
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So when are we going to start up planning for a nice new eastern motorway, afterall the land is all ready reserved for use.
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These are from State Highway 94 in Southland between Milford Sound, Te Anau and Mossburn
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Great highway. What a contrast between the east and western sides of the Homer Tunnel.
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