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Old March 31st, 2014, 08:58 PM   #901
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Norway is introducing yellow left edge markings on divided highways as well.

Some Asian and African countries appear to use yellow road markings in different ways, sometimes it's the center line, sometimes it's the right edge line, sometimes both.

But why would you use a yellow line for demarcating the edge of the road? Are white lines not clear enough? Using yellow lines to separate driving directions makes sense, you can always see if you can expect opposing traffic or not. This is useful in locations where there's little traffic or where the roadways are separated without obvious barriers (as happens a lot in North America).
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Old March 31st, 2014, 09:35 PM   #902
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Norway is introducing yellow left edge markings on divided highways as well.

Some Asian and African countries appear to use yellow road markings in different ways, sometimes it's the center line, sometimes it's the right edge line, sometimes both.

But why would you use a yellow line for demarcating the edge of the road? Are white lines not clear enough? Using yellow lines to separate driving directions makes sense, you can always see if you can expect opposing traffic or not. This is useful in locations where there's little traffic or where the roadways are separated without obvious barriers (as happens a lot in North America).
Take it in opposite way The default paint colour were yellow and to divide the directions they used a brighter (and thus safer) - white - colour

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Old March 31st, 2014, 11:11 PM   #903
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It actually make sense. Brigther to separate directions
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Old April 1st, 2014, 12:11 AM   #904
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But why would you use a yellow line for demarcating the edge of the road? Are white lines not clear enough?
The only advantage of yellow over white that I can think of is about snow. Yellow side markings help see the edge of the road when there's snow: white markings can be confused with it.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 12:56 AM   #905
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It seems so weird to take away yellow central line and replace with white, the Americans won this one, just accept it (just like you guys won the metric system, Americans need to accept that )
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Old April 1st, 2014, 03:19 AM   #906
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Actually I like the differnet colour for lines dividing lanes with opposite driving directions. Maybe that would actually be a good idea for Europe to take over the American/Norwegian idea.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 07:16 AM   #907
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Norway has obviously similar idea as America, but only on state roads. at motorways they don't consider dividing directions (what is actually more proper than American way)
Same here in Brazil.

Yellow for undivided roads:

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White for Motorways:

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Old April 1st, 2014, 10:03 PM   #908
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Umbukta border crossing on the Umeå - Mo I Rana road ca. 1960:





http://ranahistorie.latestdot.nu/fb1b.html
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Old April 1st, 2014, 11:28 PM   #909
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This is interesting regarding yellow lines:

E18:


Rv4:


These photos are all from the 60s and show a yellow lines between lanes going in the same direction.

E18 again:

This one is clearly newer, so we must have shifted road marking policy sometime during the 60s. Also note the Belgium-looking streetlamps
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Old April 1st, 2014, 11:44 PM   #910
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Personally, I feel way better on road if the side line is solid.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 02:03 PM   #911
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Personally, I feel way better on road if the side line is solid.
I prefer dashed, which Sweden used to have more of.




We also used to have yellow lines before the switch to RHD traffic.

From Linköping:


From Stockholm:






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Old April 2nd, 2014, 02:07 PM   #912
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Dashed road edge markings are counter-intuitive. A solid lines means "do not cross", while a dashed marking means "cross" (with care). But you don't want to cross into the ditch.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 05:02 PM   #913
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Dashed road edge markings are counter-intuitive. A solid lines means "do not cross", while a dashed marking means "cross" (with care). But you don't want to cross into the ditch.
Dashed road edge makes sense in the presence of a soft shoulder wide enough to stop your car safely.
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Dashed road edge makes sense in the presence of a soft shoulder wide enough to stop your car safely.
I don't know. Dashed side line means turning (or merging) lane to me. Shoulder should not be crossed unless it comes to case of emergency (e.g. flat tyre, emergency vehicles passing through congestion, etc.), therefore I prefer bold solid line. I totally agree with Chris.
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Well, since you (in Sweden at least) may use the shoulder it makes sense. On motorways the rules are as you would expect and thus markings solid.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 10:21 PM   #916
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Before the E6 was upgraded to motorway we used to have a wide shoulder 2-lane road in both countries. In Sweden this worked as a passing lane - but in Norway only as an emergency stopping lane.

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Naturally we all loved the Swedish way of driving since it meant it was almost like a 4-lane road, but every now and then you would get behind a slow Norwegian that didn't understand the Swedish system.

Now there are few remaining as center-barriers have been installed.
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Norway:



This could be a beautiful 2+1 road with enough wide shoulders.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 11:18 PM   #918
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^ It has been widened to a 2+2 motorway since then - that photo is from 2004
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^ It has been widened to a 2+2 motorway since then - that photo is from 2004
I hope with divided carriageways
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I prefer dashed, which Sweden used to have more of.
Where is this picture taken?
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