Pittsburgh, PA – PennDOT District 11 is
advising motorists that line painting operations on I-79 and I-376 (Parkway
West) in Allegheny County will continue tonight, Wednesday night, September 11
operations will occur from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on various interchanges on I-79
between Washington and Butler counties. Additionally, crews will complete work
on I-376 (Parkway West) in each direction between the Fort Pitt Tunnel and the
Carnegie (Exit 65) interchange and between I-79 Washington/Erie (Exit 64A) and
the Campbells Run Road (Exit 62) interchanges. Once work on I-79 and I-376 is
finished, crews will begin line painting on Route 28.
motorists to exercise caution and patience, and suggests allowing at least 250
feet (13 car lengths) behind line painting equipment to avoid damage. Motorists should avoid passing the paint
vehicles unless directed by a paint crew member or flag person to do so. Passing too quickly can cause damage to fresh
paint lines and may result in paint on the motorist’s vehicle. Line painting vehicles normally pull over
every two and one-half miles or when safety permits. Recent technological advancements on the mix
of formulas have produced fast dry paints that are dry to the touch within 2 to
3 minutes. It is crucial to stay off
these lines during the curing period.
accidentally get paint on their vehicles should immediately wash the paint off
with a high-pressure water stream and detergent. Dried paint can be removed with de-natured
alcohol and a soft cloth. Generally,
PennDOT is not responsible for paint on vehicles.
Roadway line painting
is an important part of PennDOT’s highway safety initiatives. Paint lines
provide direction, delineation, and guidance to motorists.
Glass beads applied on
top of wet paint during the painting process provide retro reflectivity. These small, spherical beads reflect light
during dark hours and periods of low visibility. As the glass beads become worn or wet, the
reflectivity becomes greatly diminished resulting in reduced visibility during
dark and wet hours.
Lines need repainting
each year because of normal wear, tear, and weather. Winter maintenance
activities such as plowing, spreading anti-skid materials, and studded tires
are very abrasive to paint lines and can cause fading. Normal weathering caused by snow, rain, and
ice also contribute to line reflectivity reduction.
Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by
visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day,
provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information
and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.
also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices,
by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Cowan, 412-429-5010
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