Analysis of 35+ MPH Roads and Striping Retroreflectivity

Blyncsy makes it possible to meet 2026 FHWA retroreflectivity deadline

As we approach the 2026 deadline to meet new FHWA retroreflectivity standards for all public roads 35+ MPH, Blyncsy has captured, and analyzed, imagery from these designated roads across the entire country. Our unique technology, based on crowd-sourced imagery from over 800,000+ vehicles already on the road, can quickly pull data from anywhere in the country; an unparalleled level of scalability. 

This map shows our detection of these roads in every state and a sample reflectivity score for every capital city. How does your state’s capital score? We invite you to explore this map data and see the power, accuracy and speed of Blyncsy’s artificial intelligence.

What are the new FHWA Minimum Pavement Retroreflectivity Requirements?

On August 5, 2022, FHWA published a final rule in the federal register adding new provisions to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) relating to maintaining minimum levels of pavement marking retroreflectivity. The new provisions in this final rule will be incorporated into Revision 3 of the 2009 edition of the MUTCD.

The MUTCD, the national standard for traffic control devices used on all streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel, previously required that pavement markings be visible at night and that all markings on interstate highways be retroreflective but did not require a minimum level. By creating one, FHWA believes state and local transportation agencies can reduce the number of severe crashes that happen in dark, unlighted conditions and result in an annual nighttime fatality rate that is roughly three times the daytime fatality rate.

The Standard statement in the SNPA required that a method designed to maintain retroreflectivity levels at or above 50 mcd/m[2] /lx shall be used for longitudinal markings on roadways with statutory or posted speed limits of 35 mph or greater, and at or above 100 mcd/m[2] /lx should be used for longitudinal markings on roadways with statutory or posted speed limits of 70 mph or greater.

Blyncsy's advanced imagery captures and identifies areas of poor road paint retroreflectivity automatically and passively, saving transportation agencies significant time and money.
An example of good road paintline retroreflectivity, as captured by Blyncsy's high resolution cameras. Blyncsy can also automatically classify your signage based on MUTCD codes.

September 6, 2022

New requirements become effective

September 6, 2026

Compliance Required

How can you meet these new guidelines and create a safer road network?

Meeting the new FHWA retroreflectivity guidelines is not enough to create a more equitable, safer transportation network for all who use it. While paint reflectivity is important for safe driving, it is just one component as part of an overall maintenance plan that must include the whole road and roadside assets. Fixing potholes and pavement cracks, ensuring signs are in good condition, maintaining guardrails and impact attenuators, and identifying malfunctioning street lights are critical activities that ensure pedestrians, cyclists and drivers can all utilize your roads safely.

In addition, maintaining all of these road assets equally is imperative for the safe evolution of autonomous vehicles that rely on visual cues from road paint, signs and street lights among others to safely navigate streets.

Blyncsy utilizes crowdsourced imagery from over 800,000 vehicles already driving the road today to analyze the status and condition of your road infrastructure, providing your maintenance team with near real-time actionable insights that allow you to more quickly respond to maintenance issues. This technology, powered by AI and machine learning, is the most cost-effective and accurate solution on the market today.

Explore Blyncsy's coverage of 35+ MPH streets across the U.S.