Friday, September 22, 2006

Lines on new asphalt disappear on rainy nights

QUESTION: I’m really impressed with the new asphalt on the city streets but discovered a problem. When we had all the rain the streets turned shiny at night and you couldn’t see the lines at all. Streets looked like one solid sheet of ice. It was frightening, especially when we went down South Tejon Street where there are now just two lanes, one each direction, under the railroad overpass. Would it be possible for some sort of reflectors to be added?
- Harold Glen
ANSWER: A new “high-build paint” was used for the lines on these streets. “It goes on thicker, and we were hoping it would cure those problems, but it didn’t,” said principal city traffic engineer David Krauth. We understand there’s an issue but have to be careful about what we do to solve it,” he said. The pop-up reflectors don’t work well here because they are destroyed by snowplows. “Several years ago we used recessed markers and they filled up with sand.” Krauth said there are several different things they want to try, but “we face issues of expense and the time to do it.”


Anonymous Zen said...

The lines on S. Tejon are absolutely worthless on a rainy night. Even fog lights provide little additional benefit. Having a cop on my tail at the time didn't do much to calm my nerves either. Given the traffic volume in the area (especially around the I-25 interchange) this is a very serious problem. The city might have to "be careful" in how they solve it, but solve it they must. And soon.

12:44 AM, September 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about adding a good glow in the dark paint to the mix?

11:50 AM, September 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glow in the dark paint... obviously you don't work for the city government, because your high degree of common sense disqualifies you from working for the city.

10:26 PM, September 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city uses snow plows???

8:48 AM, September 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I canNOT help but LMAO at these comments so far. Thanks for the laughs people! :-D

8:01 PM, September 28, 2006  

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