More of our roads are going to be safer because they’ll be marked for the first time after this summer. Transportation Department striping crews are out, moving along at ten to 12 miles an hour, marking the boundaries of our highways. Department engineer Jim Brocksmith says that’s about 5,400 miles of roads that have never had center lines before. That’s another 3,600 miles getting edge lines for the first time. Brocksmith says it’s being done for two reasons – to make the roads safer and because people want more lines. It takes a lot of paint – more than one-million gallons – to get the job done. The Department’s 23 paint-striping machines will put down more than 87,000 line-miles of stripes each year.
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