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Road Markings

Most roads have 3 basic requirements. Direction is one of those requirements as well as a beginning and an end. For the most part a simple center line should suffice or the broken line where passing or turning is allowed. Stop bars in addition to the stop sign or on it's own can provide increased safety for a nominal price. In this section we will also show some other safety markings that you may consider for your layout.

Broken Lines

Broken lines can also be used for roadway division. In places where passing or crossing the line does not affect personal or public safety. Also to minimize costs while still defining driving lanes.

Drive-Thru Lanes

The Drive-Thru Lane was developed as a means to direct traffic by following a designated path through a site. Whether it be for a fast food service , bank machine, or some other purpose. Tthe Drive-Thru Lane serves an important function. It clearly defines a path through the site to minimize the traffic jams while maximizing vehicle and pedestrian safety.

Stop Bars

The stop bar clearly designates the area where vehicles should stop. This marking is usually accompanied by either a stop sign on a pole or by a stop stencil painted on the road surface. The stop bar serves as an important part of any site that includes intersections where collisions may occur without one.

One Way Markings

One way markings are used for many applications but have one common theme. To direct traffic in a singular direction. This may be used at entrances or exits, in a drive-thru lane, in an alley. The one way arrow may stand alone due to it's universal definition or may have the one way sign included.


Enter/Exit markings clearly define the entrances and exits to sites. The stencils may also be coupled with the arrows or maybe reworded as In / Out but the chief purpose remains the same. To provide visibility for the motorist as to the location of the entrances and exits. The marking comes in a variety of sizes and can be painted in a variety of colors but the standards are white and yellow.

Fire Lanes

Fire Lanes are used in areas where parking can impede the ability of rescue vehicles to accomplish their task. Usually found around buildings or in laneways, the fire lane is all about safety.

Directional Arrows

Directional arrows are used to indicate traffic flow. This symbol may be used in conjunction with one way stencils or as a stand alone entity It clearly marks the direction that traffic flows in and helps increase both safety and awareness.

No Parking Areas

No parking areas designate where vehicles should not come to rest due to either safety, practicality or by-law reasons. The no parking area can designated in various ways but usually defined by cautionary yellow text.

Parking Stalls

Because not all parking lots have the same requirements, we have detailed the different stalls available. Please keep in mind that your individual needs may vary.

Regular Stalls

The regular stall is a stall that is usually within the 8 to 9 foot width with a length that is usually 16 to 18 feet. This size will accomodate most of today's vehicles. Larger stalls will generally be for special need vehicles, bus or RV. Smaller stalls of course are small car stalls. The majority of the work and layout we do is with the regular size stalls.

Truck/RV/Bus Stalls

Truck/RV/Bus stalls are specialized stalls, usually defined by whatever vehicle will be occupying that particular stall. For example a 40 ft bus would require a 40 ft. stall. This stall would also have to allow for the vehicle to enter and exit the stall as well. Depending on the number of stalls and the size, we can work with you to maximize the parking space.

Accessibility Symbol

The International Symbol Of Accessibility is used to designate parking for persons with special needs. Usually the stall is a bit larger to accommodate the variety of vehicle conversions that are available. The symbol can be used in either yellow or white with or without a background. The background can either be a simple one colour background or can be painted with a border.

Road Markings Removal

Road marking removal are carried out with the objective of completely removing existing markings, e.g. after a road construction project or to introduce additional traffic lanes, or may be in preparation for relining. In all cases, we ensure that line markings are removed with minimal damage to the existing road surface by using, either a precision abrasive process or grinding system for clearing more stubborn lines. The key consideration during line removal work is to minimise travel disruption if being performed on highways or motorways. Our skilled road marking operatives are all trained and can work quickly, efficiently as safely in all conditions, on all roads. We perform line removal on any of the following thoroughfares: highways and motorways private roads bus and cycle lanes car parks runways and taxiways Methods typically used are: Blasting Grinding Combination of blasting and grinding The effectiveness of the method is dependent on two things, The type and thickness of the marking being removed The type of pavement

Contact Information

Western Signs & Line Painting Ltd.
5779 Russell Rd.
Ottawa, Ontario
K0A 1K0

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