July 25, 2016
Beaver County Line Painting Operations continue this Week
Pittsburgh – PennDOT District 11 is advising motorists that line painting operations on various roadways in Beaver County will occur Monday through Saturday, July 25-30 weather permitting.
Work to repaint lines will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the following locations:
· Route 2010 (Bock Lane) between Conway Wallrose Road and Golden Grove Road in Economy Borough
· Route 2016 (Mason Road) between Route 989 and Hoenig Road in Economy Borough
· Route 2003 (Hoenig Road) between Allegheny County and Conway Wallrose Road in Economy Borough
· Route 989 between Phillips Street in Economy Borough and Route 68 in New Sewickley Township
· Stop bar painting will occur Saturday, July 30 on Route 588 and Darlington Road in Chippewa Township
PennDOT advises motorists to exercise caution and patience, and suggests allowing at least 250 feet (13 car lengths) behind line painting equipment to avoid damage. Motorists should avoid passing the paint vehicles unless directed by a paint crew member or flag person to do so. Passing too quickly can cause damage to fresh paint lines and may result in paint on the motorist’s vehicle. Line painting vehicles normally pull over every two and one-half miles or when safety permits. Recent technological advancements on the mix of formulas have produced fast dry paints that are dry to the touch within 2 to 3 minutes. It is crucial to stay off these lines during the curing period.
Motorists who accidentally get paint on their vehicles should immediately wash the paint off with a high-pressure water stream and detergent. Dried paint can be removed with de-natured alcohol and a soft cloth. Generally, PennDOT is not responsible for paint on vehicles.
Roadway line painting is an important part of PennDOT’s highway safety initiatives. Paint lines provide direction, delineation, and guidance to motorists.
Glass beads applied on top of wet paint during the painting process provide retro reflectivity. These small, spherical beads reflect light during dark hours and periods of low visibility. As the glass beads become worn or wet, the reflectivity becomes greatly diminished resulting in reduced visibility during dark and wet hours.
Lines need repainting each year because of normal wear, tear, and weather. Winter maintenance activities such as plowing, spreading anti-skid materials, and studded tires are very abrasive to paint lines and can cause fading. Normal weathering caused by snow, rain, and ice also contribute to line reflectivity reduction.
State roads with the highest traffic volumes and safety needs are painted first. These include interstates and the National Highway System followed by secondary roadways.
PennDOT establishes painting schedules to minimize delays to motorist. On days before holidays and on Fridays, crews will focus on secondary routes to minimize inconvenience for motorists.
Motorists should use caution and be aware of changing traffic patterns when driving through the area.
Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010