Pavement markings to be refreshed on area roadways

A contractor for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will refresh pavement markings on roadways in 11 counties within the Abilene District over the next few months.More than 200 miles of pavement will receive new markings under the contract. The reflectivity of pavement markings diminishes over time due to wear and tear from traffic, sunlight and weather conditions, said Roy Wright, P.E., Transportation Operations Director for TxDOT’s Abilene District.Modern technology helps the district maintain pavement markings. Workers use a computer-controlled laser, called a mobile retro-reflectometer, to measure and record the reflectivity of the pavement markings on district roadways each year. The data generated from the device helps the district determine which markings are most in need of replacement, and work can be scheduled according to need and available funding.Flat Line, Inc., of Childress was awarded the $1.4 million contract for this year’s project and will apply pavement markings on various highways in Callahan, Fisher, Howard, Jones, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall and Taylor counties. They began work last week and should be finished by the end of the month, weather permitting.Although the contractor will attempt to work during non-peak traffic hours, drivers are urged to be aware of the striping truck and wet paint in the work zones and avoid crossing fresh pavement markings.