New Castle News

April 30, 2013

PennDOT painting lines on I-79

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Line painting is being done on Interstate 79 from Lawrence County to Pittsburgh, beginning this week.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays.

The work also will be done on highways leading into Pittsburgh, including Interstate 279, Interstate 376 on the Parkway east and west, and Route 28.

PennDOT advises drivers to stay at least 250 feet or 13 car lengths behind line painting equipment to avoid damage. They should avoid passing the paint vehicles unless directed to do so by a paint crew member or flag person. Passing too quickly can damage fresh paint lines and could result in paint on the driver’s vehicle.

Line painting vehicles typically pull over every 2 1/2 miles, as safety permits.

Recent advancements on the mix of formulas have produced fast-drying paints that dry to the touch within two to three minutes, but it is crucial to stay off these lines during the curing period.

Motorists who accidentally get paint on their vehicles should immediately wash it off using a high-pressure water stream and detergent. Dried paint can be removed with denatured alcohol and a soft cloth.

PennDOT is not responsible for paint on vehicles.