Road striping operations are in progress throughout the state and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is urging motorists to use caution when encountering work crews. Drivers may come upon slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway at various locations in the state through August.
“Stripes are refreshed periodically for the safety of all who travel Missouri roadways,” said State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Nicole Hood. “We’re asking you to help assure the safety of our workers by paying attention to the road and not driving distracted. Buckle Up Phone Down.”
Striping crews must travel slowly as they paint roadway markings to ensure a good quality line. The striping trains consist of three to five vehicles and can stretch over one-half mile while moving 8 to 12 miles per hour. The trucks have flashing lights, boards with flashing arrows and signs that read “SLOW VEHICLES” and “WET PAINT.”
Drivers approaching such vehicles are asked to slow down as soon as they see the lights and signs and keep their distance until it is safe to go around the trucks. On four-lane divided highways, drivers should pull around the striping train by merging carefully into the open lane, passing all the trucks in the train before moving back into the driving lane. On two-lane highways, drivers should stay behind the last truck in the striping train. This vehicle is placed well behind the striping truck to give the new paint the few minutes it needs to dry. MoDOT crews will pull off the road where it is safe to do so to let congestion clear.
MoDOT uses water-based paint in all its highway operations. However, drivers who drive through wet paint should clean their car as quickly as possible with a high-powered water hose, such as those used in car washes.
Scheduled striping operations are posted on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org. The map is also available as a free app for Apple and Android devices.