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"As part of a new VicRoads roadworks safety initiative, drivers travelling through M80 Ring Road work zones at Tullamarine and Bundoora will notice yellow traffic lane markings along the freeway. The line marking trial, thought to be Australia’s first of this nature, follows the footsteps of USA, Canda and Europe and is being trialled to help drivers better identify road work zones and improve visibility of lanes, particularly in wet weather."

Source: http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/M80Upgrade/Yellowlinemarkingtrial.htm

Finally! In Europe they introduced yellow temporary lane markings decades ago and I always wondered why Australia couldn't do the same. Apart from the fact it's - at least that's what I think - a lot clearer, it has an important psychological benefit: yellow lane markings = road works = potential hazards = caution. Some countries use orange instead of yellow but the effect is the same. One humble suggestion: Australia should go for orange and reserve yellow for the centre line (like in the US).
 

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some of the white lane markers on the Eastern and tullamarine freeways with new surfaces are barely readable in rain.
 

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So once the roadworks have finished what do they do with the yellow ones? Bearing in mind in the link above they say that shadow lines are a problem when they remove white lines, surely the same would apply after the works are done.
 

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Im all for it, nothing worse on a rainy night when you can barely see the lines as the bitumen is wet and the headlights reflecting on it.
 

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"As part of a new VicRoads roadworks safety initiative, drivers travelling through M80 Ring Road work zones at Tullamarine and Bundoora will notice yellow traffic lane markings along the freeway. The line marking trial, thought to be Australia’s first of this nature, follows the footsteps of USA, Canda and Europe and is being trialled to help drivers better identify road work zones and improve visibility of lanes, particularly in wet weather."

Source: http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/M80Upgrade/Yellowlinemarkingtrial.htm

Finally! In Europe they introduced yellow temporary lane markings decades ago and I always wondered why Australia couldn't do the same. Apart from the fact it's - at least that's what I think - a lot clearer, it has an important psychological benefit: yellow lane markings = road works = potential hazards = caution. Some countries use orange instead of yellow but the effect is the same. One humble suggestion: Australia should go for orange and reserve yellow for the centre line (like in the US).
what when ya see traffic barriers and earthmoving equipment it doesnt occur to people that its a work zone
 

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So once the roadworks have finished what do they do with the yellow ones? Bearing in mind in the link above they say that shadow lines are a problem when they remove white lines, surely the same would apply after the works are done.
I can't speak with authority but I did see these stripes last week, and they looked to me as if they were adhesive plastic strips and not paint. I could be wrong, but if I'm right it may be that they can be peeled off later and leave little or no trace behind. Someone who knows more definitely could help with more reliable information.
 

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I can't speak with authority but I did see these stripes last week, and they looked to me as if they were adhesive plastic strips and not paint. I could be wrong, but if I'm right it may be that they can be peeled off later and leave little or no trace behind. Someone who knows more definitely could help with more reliable information.
You could be right. At least that's what they do in Europe. They simple scrap off the yellow lines when the road works are done without leaving a trace. In my experience yellow (or orange) lane marking for road works is a lot less confusing than white lane marking. However, you can't implement this without a decent publicity campaign to educate drivers of course.
 

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I suppose the main point ni reducing confusion is that instead of seeing two white lines 1 metre apart and trying to pick which is the one you're supposed to follow you obviosuly know to follow the yellow in the roadworks zone.

one problem I foresee in Melbourne with this (and noting its a Melborune based trial) is that on roads with trams much of the linemarking is already yellow to denote tram lines/temporary tram lines etc.
 

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I suppose the main point ni reducing confusion is that instead of seeing two white lines 1 metre apart and trying to pick which is the one you're supposed to follow you obviosuly know to follow the yellow in the roadworks zone.

one problem I foresee in Melbourne with this (and noting its a Melborune based trial) is that on roads with trams much of the linemarking is already yellow to denote tram lines/temporary tram lines etc.
I think a distinct orange colour should help avoid this (as well as the yellow no standing lines by the curb too).

I also think once people see it used in road works a few times they will get the idea rather quickly and know what to do. It should also help people know when the 40kph zones have ended too, can't count how many times I have been stuck behind someone doing 40 or less long after the road works have stopped and they have obliviously passed the 60 signs.
 

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White, yellow, red, fluro pink... Motorists will still speed through them to keep the flow of traffic regardless of what colour they are.

If the aim of them is for people to slow down at construction sites, stick a fully marked Highway Patrol car with lights going, that'll get there attention.
 

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They do that already in QLD... it worked for a while but people have generally cottoned on to the fact that there is no copper inside... well sometimes there is but the ones I saw were reading a good book because they have nothing else to do :p
 

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^One patrol car maned with one officer out of hundreds of officers and probably thousands of patrol cars would be insignificant if it was a large scaled billion dollar motorway/highway construction site.
 
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