The Drive: Leftover lane marks can lead to confusion

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2013 - 9:48 AM

Painting over obsolete markings is only a temporary fix

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brianglJan. 13, 13 9:19 PM

Ghost striping is a big problem with construction projects. In Washington State we always use 3M's Stamark tape. Not sure if MNDOT uses this but it works great in low light and wet conditions which are very common in Seattle. After the tape is removed there is no residue from the old striping.

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pokey2007Jan. 13, 13 9:52 PM

I must agree. I am an almost 60 year student at Augsburg and frequently worried day and night trying to figure out which strip was correct. I have often thought that they should have had a "not-knowing-the area" driver with a MNDOT person (hello, I volunteer)so the MN-Dot person could hear the the dilemma's the know-not person was finding. This shouldn't be too hard. And saving to many.

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martiankingJan. 13, 1310:02 PM

That's what I have always thought. Use the damn tape! I drive professionally throughout the metro, and those stupid restripping marks are very confusing, especially when the road is wet, then they all look like lane markings.

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rshacklefordJan. 13, 1310:11 PM

"briangl: In Washington State we always use 3M's Stamark tape." ---- MNDOT people must not get out much. I have seen that product used while on roadtrips. MINNESOTA DOT; MINNESOTA Mining and Manufacturing (aka 3M) with its worldwide HQ very close to the Capitol; someone needs to do more research...

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chmod777Jan. 13, 1310:21 PM

I would like to jump on this suggestion as well. I've had trouble identifying the lanes even on roads I'm very familiar with. Why is the question "Anybody have any idea how to remove these lines we semi-permanently paint on the road during temporary construction?" instead of "Anybody have any idea how to temporarily mark the road?".

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MellersJan. 13, 1310:44 PM

It must be expensive but I've always wondered why we don't use spring-loaded marking/reflective devices (I forget what they're called but they're about the size of a matchbox car). Not spring-loaded ones are used in the south and great for in the rain; the spring loaded portion would press down flat when a snow plow goes over it.

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jtriceJan. 14, 1312:59 AM

Spraying the stripes is fast but it gets into the pores of the road surface and that makes it harder to remove. For temporary striping a paint roller system could keep a thin coat of paint only on the surface. It would be slower but this would not need such aggressive methods for removal later. Your welcome.

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jaketwotimesJan. 14, 13 2:02 AM

I drive past that stretch of 494 everyday on my way to work. It was very confusing when they finished the construction because the "temporary" lane markers were still very visible. The highway lane markers in MN are pretty poor, as soon as the road gets wet you can't see anything. Add to that when previous construction was done with old temporary lane markers still showing, and you have a complete mess. Living in California was a revelation, they put small reflectors on each highway lane marker. At night or when it's raining you could still clearly see the lanes. I wish MN would institute something similar.

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ctrudaJan. 14, 13 3:41 AM

I think I'm probably the person someone complained about on 494w. Combine those ghost lines with rain, early morning darkness, and the glare from the lighting and it is almost impossible to determine the correct lane markings. Surprised there aren't more serious accidents caused by this problem.

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nogophersJan. 14, 13 5:59 AM

I have seen many near "misses" over the last few years during all of the 494 construction. Very dangerous.

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