Drivers Urged to Watch for Paint Crews on State Highways

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The Indiana Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be extremely cautious around wet paint on highways as crews start their annual pavement marking operations this week.   Between July 6th and July 10th crews will paint lines on freshly resurfaced roads along stretches of State Road 39, State Road 16, State Road 18, U.S. 24, and U.S. 35 in Cass, Carroll and White Counties.  Crews will also paint intersection markings (stop bars, crosswalks, turn arrows) at:
State Road 23 and LaSalle – South Bend
U.S. 30 and King Rd. – Plymouth
U.S. 30 and Oak Rd. – Plymouth
U.S. 12 and Broadway – Town of Pines
U.S. 12 and the ArcelorMittal Steel Entrance – Burns Harbor
Intersections of State Road 4 – North Liberty

Between July 13th and July 17th, crews will be painting lines on State Road 49 and U.S. 6, between State Road 51 and SR 49 – Hobart and Portage

INDOT says fast-drying, water-based paint is used to indicate the center lines, edge lines and other roadway markings. Because road striping is a moving operation, drivers are advised to look for vehicle-mounted message boards with signs indicating “Caution: Wet Paint,” flashing lights and fresh-looking paint on the roadway. On some roads, striping crews will use escort vehicles ahead of and behind the striping truck.

INDOT says drivers should use extreme caution and patience when they encounter a striping crew. When possible, the striping crew will move off the roadway to allow vehicles behind the striping operation to pass.

Drivers can avoid getting fresh white or yellow paint on their vehicles by following a few simple rules
–        Give striping crews plenty of room to work, don’t follow too closely
–        Avoid driving over the newly painted markings
–        If drivers do get paint on their vehicles, wash the paint off as quickly as possible. INDOT says fresh paint often comes off easily with soap and water, but after it dries only a specialist can remove it.

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.