Province Testing New Types of Paint on Highways
Prince George, B.C. – Which paint is tough enough to withstand the daily pounding of thousands of tires?
That’s what the provincial government intends to find out as it tests new types of paints on B.C.’s highways this year.
Test strips will be painted on three sections of highways (Prince George, Kamloops and a yet to be determined location in the south coast) that represent various weather conditions and traffic that paint must endure.
The paint will be applied horizontally across one lane, with four-inch stripes of white and yellow paint. The areas will have signs so motorists know that testing is underway and will take place over one year.
Pavement marking is done once a year but the government says the water-based paints that meet federal environmental standards for emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds wear differently than the old oil-based produced which were discontinued in 2010.