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Motorists cautioned about restriping along I-80

Motorists cautioned about restriping along I-80



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SALT LAKE CITY — UDOT officials are warning people who travel on I-80 to be on the lookout for restriping trucks through the winter.

Over time, snowplows have accidentally ripped the lane paint off on part of the freeway.

"This isn't really a fluke," said UDOT spokesman John Gleason. "This is something that you have to deal with and we've dealt with for several years."

Gleason said a problem area right now is in the eastbound lanes of I-80.

"It's about a 500 foot area at the top of Parleys Summit," he said. "During the last snowstorms, we had some of the striping that came off by one of the plows."

Crews can't fix it permanently just yet. Very cold weather makes it impossible to properly dig the grooves and lay down the paint. So, UDOT will put down temporary lane lines, which will last for several days.

"We'll do this as many times throughout the winter until we can get a permanent solution in the springtime," Gleason said.

He said the process of painting temporary lanes is completed quickly, so traffic delays should be at a minimum.

Paul Nelson

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