REPAINTING - Road crews will try to complete work on arterial roads in four weeks

Starting July 10, county crews will work nights repainting the stripes on arterial roads.

Striping work begins at 10 p.m. and ends by 5:30 a.m. Striping at night when there is less traffic reduces delays on the most heavily traveled roadways, county officials said.

Night striping is scheduled to end Aug. 10.

County crews will stripe rural and lower traffic volume urban roads throughout the summer during daytime hours, weather permitting. Daytime striping work begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m.

Motorists should use caution when they encounter a road striping operation and should avoid driving across the stripes.

'Paint will splash onto your vehicle if you drive across a stripe while the paint is still wet,' noted Keith Lewis, operations superintendent. The paint used to stripe roads is a water-based, non-toxic paint containing reflective glass beads.

If a motorist accidentally gets road paint on his or her vehicle, it can be removed by washing the area with soap and water right away before the paint sets up.

Motorists approaching a striping operation from behind will have plenty of warning. First they will see a vehicle carrying an electronic message board displaying alternating messages such as 'Wet Paint' and 'Do Not Pass.' Next will be a second 'shadow' vehicle with flashing lights and a sign warning 'Road Painting Ahead.' Finally flashing lights and a 'Caution - Wet Paint' sign will identify the striper truck, which sprays the paint stripes onto the road.

Additional warning signs may be used to further inform motorists of the striping operation. Drivers are asked to obey the signed instructions and drive with care when encountering these situations.

Washington County's Department of Land Use and Transportation maintains almost a thousand lane miles of road striping. Because traffic wears the paint away, county crews repaint the stripes on heavily traveled roadways each year.

Road striping must be done when the road surface is dry and the weather is relatively warm.

For more information about the county's road striping program, contact Keith Lewis at 503-846-7685.

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