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INDOT urges motorists to use caution around lane marker re-striping crews

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is urging drivers to be extremely cautious around wet paint on the road as INDOT crews have started applying pavement markings.

“It’s necessary for INDOT crews to re-stripe most roadways across the district each summer due to the effects of salting and plowing during the winter, as well as normal wear and tear,” INDOT said in a statement released today.

INDOT uses fast-drying, water-based paint to indicate the centerlines, edge lines and other roadway markings. Because road striping is a moving operation, drivers should look for vehicle-mounted message boards with signs indicating “Caution: Wet Paint,” flashing lights, and very fresh-looking paint on the roadway.

On some roads, striping crews will use escort vehicles ahead of and behind the striping truck.

Drivers should use extreme caution and patience when they encounter a striping crew. When possible, the striping crew will move off the roadway and allow vehicles behind the striping operation to pass.

“By using common sense around striping crews, drivers can avoid getting fresh white or yellow paint on their vehicles,” INDOT said. “When a driver encounters a road striping crew, he or she should use a generous following distance, avoid driving over the newly painted markings and never recklessly pull in front of or pass a striping operation. If drivers do get paint on their vehicles, they should attempt to wash the paint off as quickly as possible. Fresh paint will often come off easily with soap and water. However, after it dries only a specialist can remove it.”

INDOT encourages motorists to slow down and pay special attention while traveling in work zones throughout Indiana. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit and

Why Stripes?

A pavement marking is part of a communication system for road users. In addition to signs and signals, pavement markings communicate to drivers where to position their vehicles, warn about upcoming conditions, and indicate where passing is allowed.

White lane markings indicate a separation between lanes traveling in the same direction while yellow markings indicate opposing traffic on the other side of the line. In some areas, such as Colorado, black material is applied on the surface before a shorter white line is painted. This improves the contrast of the marking against “white” concrete.

Single broken lines mean passing is allowed, single solid lines mean pass only to avoid a hazard, and double solid lines mean it is prohibited, as it often is in tunnels.

On two-lane roads, a single broken center line means that passing is allowed in either direction, a double solid center line means passing is prohibited in both directions, and the combination of a solid line with a broken line means that passing is allowed only from the side with the broken line and prohibited from the side with the solid line.

Marked crosswalks are indicated at a minimum by a pair of white lines. On major boulevards, crosswalks are further highlighted by zebra stripes, which are large white rectangles in the crosswalk perpendicular to traffic. In order to maximize the longevity of zebra crossing stripes, they are usually applied to correspond with the portions of the lane on which the wheels of a car are not usually traveling, thereby reducing wear on the markings themselves.



Posted 5/16/2013