Transportation minister vows to solve road-line problem

Transportation minister vows to solve road-line problem

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Editor:

I recognize that fading highway line paint is a safety concern, and one my ministry takes very seriously.

Ministry staff and engineers have been working hard on a solution to this challenge and it is one we are determined to solve.

Last year, we announced that we were conducting a pilot project to test a variety of paint formulations in different geographical areas of the province to see which ones worked the best. Following that test, we tested the more successful products on longer sections of road in different areas of the province.

The paint needs to be assessed for performance over time under the impact of weather, traffic and maintenance activities.
Work on the pilot project continues and I can say with certainty we making progress and we look forward to sharing the findings in the near future.

Finding a durable paint that can stand up to B.C.’s tough winters, while meeting strict federal environmental guidelines, has been a challenge, but it is one we’re determined to solve.

Todd Stone
minister of transportation and infrastructure

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  1. Minister Stone thanks for your attention on this issue. An observation, this problem crops up every spring perhaps if we went to a spring, fall refreshment of the lines . As is the lines obviously don,t last twelve months maybe they would last six. Or the first year go to spring, fall application then the following year if the spring lines are fine stay with a fall application.

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  2. You were determined to solve the doctor shortage, too. How is that going?

    Christy Clark was quoted in the Globe and Mail, May 24, 2012: “I think British Columbians don’t want to see those huge [hydro] rate increases, they want to know we are working hard to try and reduce total costs for everybody.” How is that one working out?

    In April 2011 Clark said, “We’re going to have to make sure that we get on a different footing with [teachers].” How did that work out? She locked out the teachers, imposed a 10% reduction and lost twice in the BC Supreme Court. Bully, bully … literally.

    During the last campaign, Clark promised 500 new treatment beds for addiction. How did that work out?

    How much of an increase did people on disability or single parents on financial assistance get?

    Fees for MSP, or drivers licences or ICBC – government revenues that they don’t have to call “taxes” – did they go up, down or stay the same? How is that working out?

    Obviously, there’s much, much more. But when someone lies to you and you believe them, that’s understandable. When the Liberals lie a second time and you believe them, shame on the Liberals.

    When the Liberals lie repeatedly and you believe them, shame on you.

    It’s time to remove the liars and bullies. If you prefer the political right, get rid of these MLAs before your party is completely destroyed the way Mulroney and Harper did federally. Send a message, throw the bums out. Let them know that lip service, lies and no accountability will no longer be the norm in BC. And, whomever replaces them, hold them to greater account than the rich were willing to do with Christy Clark et al. Don’t let the upper one % buy the election by selling a bunch of lies to lower-incomed people – as we saw happen in the US.

    How is that working out?

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  3. Speeding and distracted driving are perhaps a little more of pressing issues…no?
    Too many people die or are severely injured on our roads and much could be avoided.
    And on that topic, what about much stiffer penalties for the ones causing accidents, including a substantial increase in their ICBC premiums?

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  4. Well, there is a nice little letter, full of the usual platitudes.” Work on the pilot project continues and I can say with certainty we making progress and we look forward to sharing the findings in the near future.” Lovely, give the people just enough to make them think you are really doing something. Well done, you pass with flying colors, you are now an officious official!

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  5. The Lines on the roads will stay that way, as the Winter conditions with salt, gravel, studded tires, plows and any other means of keeping the roads clear in winter will still be erasing the lines! The the complainers about the paint should be more interested in 1) speeding drivers in the winter, 2) Drivers running stop signs in the Winter, 3) Drivers that don’t stop at flashing cross walk signs 4) Drivers that don’t have their Insurance and licensing up to date 5) Accidents on the Coq caused by idiots speeding and changing lanes irresponsibly, 6) half Ton truck drivers that do all of the above and more, like giving the finger to someone waiting for them to stop while in a crosswalk with a flashing light going. 7) Road Rage that is creeping into Kamloops. For goodness sake it takes how long to get from one end of the city to another and one would think they live in Vancouver and have to go 80 km’s in a 50 or 60 speed zone. I say put the Cameras back at the stop lights! Fine them! Now that would be a better idea for Stone, than changing the bloody paint on the roads!!!!

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  6. There will be no cost effective solutions to a problem caused by over-zealous and poorly thought regulations. Roadways are dirty and polluted at best of times…what’s water-borne paint going to solve?

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  7. Probably Epoxy is the best choice for our conditions but like many have already said abrasion is a factor on the life expectancy and reflectivity/. It seems to me that this government is saving a dime to spend a dollar and is using latex. Not sure if that is the case. I wonder how much the contractors contribute to the Liberal Party to compromise your safety.

    Tapes $1.50 – $2.65 lasts 4 – 8 yrs
    Pre-formed tape can either be inlaid as part of new construction, or overlaid. It has excellent visibility and retroreflectivity and lasts 7-8 years, but is higher cost. Also tape can be damaged by snow plows.

    Thermoplastics
    These pavement marketing materials are made of thermoplastic heated to about 400° F and
    spread onto the pavement surface. Glass beads–to increase reflections–can be spread on top, mixed in, or both. Thermoplastics have a long service life (up to 8 years), good visibility, and good retroreflectivity. The no-track time is short, and the cost is medium-range. Special application equipment is required.
    Epoxy
    Cost $0.20 – $0.30 per foot, lasts about 4 years must be applied when air and pavement temperature of 50o F and rising
    When applied its retroreflectivity is 300 for white – 200 for yellow, must be used with with 25 pounds of glass beads per gallon of epoxy
    Advantage is that it has a longer life on low- and highvolume roads ƒ and more retroreflective
    The negatives are its slow-drying and requires coning and/or flagging during application also a heavy bead application is required – may need to be cleaned off of roadway if smeared. It has a high initial expense and is subject to damage from sands/abrasives

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