JEFFERSON CITY - With spring just around the corner, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are preparing to begin striping roadways across mid-Missouri. Crews plan to begin striping major routes the week of April 1.
MoDOT crews will work 10 hours a day, seven days a week to lay down the yellow and white stripes before Memorial Day, the first holiday travel weekend of the summer season. Motorists will encounter slow-moving lines of trucks with flashing lights, boards with flashing arrows and signs that say "Wet Paint."
"Drivers need to be especially alert and careful as these moving work zones begin around mid-Missouri," said Central District Engineer David Silvester. " We want our crews, as well as all motorists, to make it home safely."
Silvester offered driving tips to remember when coming upon a striping project.
Stay behind the last truck in the striping train, which is placed well behind the striping truck. This will give the new paint the few minutes it needs to dry and keep you from tracking fresh paint across the lanes and damaging the new stripes. It also will prevent paint from getting onto your vehicle.
On two-lane highways, if traffic backs up behind the striping train, MoDOT crews will pull out of the way when they can and where it is safe to do so to let congestion clear.
On four-lane highways, pull around the striping train by merging carefully into the open lane.
If you drive through wet paint, which is water-based, clean your car as quickly as possible with a high-powered water hose such as those used in car washes.
For more information about roadway striping or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook for project updates.