The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is urging drivers to be
extremely cautious around wet paint on the road as INDOT crews have started
applying pavement markings.
“It’s necessary for INDOT crews to re-stripe most roadways across the
district each summer due to the effects of salting and plowing during the
winter, as well as normal wear and tear,” INDOT said in a statement released
INDOT uses fast-drying, water-based paint to indicate the centerlines, edge
lines and other roadway markings. Because road striping is a moving
operation, drivers should look for vehicle-mounted message boards with signs
indicating “Caution: Wet Paint,” flashing lights, and very fresh-looking
paint on the roadway.
On some roads, striping crews will use escort vehicles ahead of and behind
the striping truck.
Drivers should use extreme caution and patience when they encounter a
striping crew. When possible, the striping crew will move off the roadway
and allow vehicles behind the striping operation to pass.
“By using common sense around striping crews, drivers can avoid getting
fresh white or yellow paint on their vehicles,” INDOT said. “When a driver
encounters a road striping crew, he or she should use a generous following
distance, avoid driving over the newly painted markings and never recklessly
pull in front of or pass a striping operation. If drivers do get paint on
their vehicles, they should attempt to wash the paint off as quickly as
possible. Fresh paint will often come off easily with soap and water.
However, after it dries only a specialist can remove it.”
INDOT encourages motorists to slow down and pay special attention while
traveling in work zones throughout Indiana. For the latest news and
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A pavement marking is part of a communication system for road users. In
addition to signs and signals, pavement markings communicate to drivers
where to position their vehicles, warn about upcoming conditions, and
indicate where passing is allowed.
White lane markings indicate a separation between lanes traveling in the
same direction while yellow markings indicate opposing traffic on the other
side of the line. In some areas, such as Colorado, black material is applied
on the surface before a shorter white line is painted. This improves the
contrast of the marking against “white” concrete.
Single broken lines mean passing is allowed, single solid lines mean pass
only to avoid a hazard, and double solid lines mean it is prohibited, as it
often is in tunnels.
On two-lane roads, a single broken center line means that passing is allowed
in either direction, a double solid center line means passing is prohibited
in both directions, and the combination of a solid line with a broken line
means that passing is allowed only from the side with the broken line and
prohibited from the side with the solid line.
Marked crosswalks are indicated at a minimum by a pair of white lines. On
major boulevards, crosswalks are further highlighted by zebra stripes, which
are large white rectangles in the crosswalk perpendicular to traffic. In
order to maximize the longevity of zebra crossing stripes, they are usually
applied to correspond with the portions of the lane on which the wheels of a
car are not usually traveling, thereby reducing wear on the markings