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New lane stripes brighten highways across the state

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Date:  Thursday, November 15, 2012

Contact: Alice Fiman, WSDOT communications, 360-705-7080 (Olympia)
Meagan McFadden, WSDOT communications, 509-577-1618 (Yakima)
Bill Preston, WSDOT project engineer, 509-577-1810 (Yakima)

Work wraps up for the season, to be continued next year

YAKIMA – It’s been a busy seven weeks for crews putting down brighter, tougher lane stripes on some of the busiest traffic areas in the state. As the rain moves in, though, crews are packing up for the season.

Last week, the Washington State Department of Transportation and contractor Specialized Pavement Marking started wrapping up a $2.7 million safety project for the year that restriped high-traffic locations on Interstate 5 in Marysville, Lynnwood, Lacey, Tumwater, the express lanes in Seattle, State Route 240 in Richland, US 2 in Cashmere and US 12 in Walla Walla.

“Safety is the top priority,” said Chris Christopher, WSDOT director of maintenance operations. “And making roadway stripes and other markings more visible to drivers is a big part of that safety focus.”

Christopher said the longer-lasting stripes may be more expensive, but are more durable and tough out the winters a little better.

Contractor crews plan to finish striping areas along I-205 near Vancouver next spring. WSDOT will monitor the new product and could expand this kind of striping program in the future if it goes well.

The project was paid for with funding from 2012 legislature. The intent is to address a backlog of immediate highway maintenance needs across the state.

Hyperlinks within the news release:
• Project website
• Traffic Web page
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• WSDOT smartphone app

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