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Technical Summary: Backplates with Retroreflective Borders

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Technical Summary: Backplates with Retroreflective Borders report cover

Foreward

Easier to see, day or night

Low cost per unit, big safety benefit

Reduction in collision claims and injury/fatality crashes: a proven safety measure

Low cost, simple implementation

Multiple vendor options

Mature process

Case Study: City of Nashua, New Hampshire, Lessons Learned

Flexibility in design and materials
Backplate (variations: back plate, backboard)
Retroreflective backplate border

Numberous installation options
Ordering backplates directly from the distributor with retroreflective tape pre-applied
Ordering retroreflective tape (in the desired width) and backplates at the same time, but without pre-application
Ordering retroreflective tape (in the desired width) and applying it to existing backplates

Case Study: Kentucky's Evaluation of Retroreflective Borders on Traffic Signal Backplates

Case Study: Washington State's Success with local Implementation of Retroreflective Borders on Traffic Signal Backplates

Case Study: New Hampshire's Plan for the Future Implementation of Retroreflective Borders on Backplates

Case Study: Virginia's Systemic Plan to Implement Retroreflective Borders on Backplates

Endnotes

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