February 22, 2017

How to Remove Pavement Markings in a Rumble Strip

Webster dictionary says that a rumble strip is defined as, “a set of grooves along the edge of a highway or across a road that cause noise and shaking when they are driven over and that are used to warn drivers that they need to slow down or are too close to the edge of the road.”.

As rumble strips become more popular, roadway contractors are facing new pavement marking challenges. This blog is about the challenge of removing a pavement marking that is applied in a rumble strip groove.

A traditional grinding truck has applications that are ideal but removing a marking embedded in a rumble strip is not one of them. See photo below.

If a contractor were to use a grinding truck to perform this removal, the only possible way would be to remove the asphalt to the lowest level of paint, which would cause catastrophic damage to the rumble strips as well as the road. This damage could be potentially life threatening to a motorcyclist or other small vehicles.

Water blasting is an ideal method to remove a marking from within a rumble strip. Watch this video of our Stripe Hog performing a marking removal while leaving the rumble strips completely intact.

Here is a video of our Stripe Hog SH8000 removing a roadway pavement marking that was applied in a rumble strip cut.

To keep up with all the latest technology for water blasting paint and runway rubber removal and rumble strips we invite you to come to our manufacturing facility and learn. Click here to schedule a factory visit with Waterblasting Technologies.