State to replace road markings


Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Roadways in the Twin Counties and surrounding areas will soon have longer-lasting, reflective paint that will be easier to see at night or in the rain thanks to contracts from the N.C. Department of Transportation.

“These contracts are part of our continuing efforts to enhance the safety of our roads, and we are targeting the more heavily traveled routes first,” said Corey McLamb, construction engineer for Division 4, which is made up of Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Halifax, Johnston and Wayne counties.

About 350 miles of roadway in the division will be re-striped this year as a result of a total of $3.4 million in contracts awarded to Butner-based Roadmark Corp. The three contracts were approved last month, state transportation spokesman Andrew Barksdale announced Monday.

The contractor will use what is commonly referred to as thermoplastic pavement marking. Thermoplastic is a material that is a 100 percent solid, environmentally and user safe compound. A mixture of glass beads, pigments, binder and filler materials, thermoplastic becomes liquid when heat is applied, according to information provided by a leading thermoplastics manufacturer.

The material is more durable than paint and reflects headlights. The markings will be used to replace fading lines or to strip recently resurfaced pavement on U.S. and state highways as well as heavily traveled secondary routes throughout the division, Barksdale said.

The following is a list of estimated road miles to be re-striped by county:

■ Nash: 109

■ Edgecombe: 43

■ Wilson: 45

■ Halifax: 49

■ Johnston: 47

■ Wayne: 57

The work is expected to take place between now and the fall.