Striping Resumes on Resurfaced Streets
2011-01-25 · By Editor
If you’ve noticed a recently resurfaced street in Long Beach, you might have wondered why no stripes were marking lanes on the road.
Since oil-based paints are banned on environmental grounds, and water-based paints typically have only a yearlong lifespan, the City of Long Beach uses Thermoplastic paint for durable, long-lasting road markings with no carcinogenic solvents. In fact, Thermoplastic paint is rapidly becoming the predominate means of striping newly paved streets.
Recently, however, the industry has seen a temporary shortage of this product, which is delaying the striping portion of many street-paving projects as contractors seek to find and purchase this material. This affected many projects by Caltrans and various cities in Southern California, including these Long Beach projects: Long Beach Boulevard, Pacific Avenue, 2nd Street, and the Los Coyotes Diagonal.
Furthermore, the recent cold and rainy weather also delayed the placement of Thermoplastic paint, which needs an ambient temperature of 55 degrees in order to cure, and the pavement surface must be completely dry.
Just recently the City was able to stripe a number of streets with Thermoplastic paint and the City and its contractors are working hard to acquire paint to stripe the remaining recently paved roads with durable, long-lasting road markings as quickly as possible.