REGINA — Things are lining up for Saskatchewan highways.
The province recently announced that its pavement marking team managed to beat its 2020 targets for marking centre lines, edge lines, lane lines, intersection layouts and pavement signs.
The province stated it increased its investment in pavement marking by $1.6 million in the 2020-21 budget. The additional funds increased the number of kilometres marked by 13 per cent.
Crews were able to repaint almost 21,000 kilometres of centre lines and more than 30,000 kilometres of edge lines on Saskatchewan highways.
Officials added if all those lines were placed end-to-end, they would be more than long enough to circle the planet.
“Pavement marking is an important part of our governments safety strategy,” Fred Bradshaw, highways minister, said in a statement. “I commend the highways team for its dedication to keeping the roads safe for our citizens.”
Officials noted that well-marked roads can reduce collisions and assist drivers in the dark or poor weather conditions.
Crews also painted more than 35,000 pavement signs, including arrows, medians, railroad crossings, bridge markers and crosswalks.
More than 1.2 million litres of paint was used on the province’s highways during the line marking season. The province also exceeded its annual targets of 75 per cent environmentally friendly paint, using waterborne or low VOC paint on 80 per cent of centre lines and 95 per cent of edge lines. Roughly 1,900 drums of glass beads were added to that paint to improve durability and reflectivity.
The trucks used to conduct the paint striping work are designed and built by the pavement marking team. During 2020, the team commissioned two new line painting vehicles.