Nighttime Road Striping Starts July 10

For Immediate Release: Monday, July 08, 2013

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

Washington County's contractor, Specialized Pavement Markings Inc., will work nights repainting the stripes on certain arterial roads. Night striping is scheduled to start Wednesday, July 10. Striping at night when there is less traffic has several advantages including reducing delays for motorists on heavily traveled roadways.

Road stripingRoads scheduled for night striping:

  • Murray Boulevard from Hwy 26 to Scholls Ferry Road
  • Farmington Road from Murray Boulevard to Kinnaman Road
  • Farmington Road from 198th Avenue to 209th Avenue
  • Scholls Ferry Road from Multnomah County line to Teal Boulevard
  • Barnes Road from Multnomah County line to Saltzman Road
  • Cornell Road from Cedar Hills Boulevard to Main Street (Hillsboro)
  • Tualatin-Sherwood Road from Nyberg Road to Hwy 99
  • 185th Avenue from TV Hwy to West Union Road
  • Cornelius Pass Road from TV Hwy to Multnomah County line

County crews usually repaint the stripes on rural and lower traffic volume urban roads throughout the summer. County striping crews operate during daytime hours, weather permitting. Daytime striping work begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 4:30 p.m.

WetPaintStayOffLinesMotorists should use caution when they encounter a road striping operation. Do not drive across the stripes while the paint is still wet. The paint used to stripe roads is a water-borne, non-toxic paint containing reflective glass beads. If you accidentally get road paint on your vehicle, you can remove it if you wash the area with soap and water right away before the paint sets up.

Related: ODOT's advice for removing striping paint from vehicles

Motorists approaching a striping operation from behind will have plenty of warning. First they will see a vehicle carrying an electronic message board displaying alternating messages such as "Wet Paint" and "Do Not Pass."

Next will be a second shadow vehicle with flashing lights and a sign warning "Road Painting Ahead." Finally flashing lights and a "Caution - Wet Paint" sign will identify the striper truck, which sprays the paint stripes onto the road. Additional warning signs may be used to further inform motorists of the striping operation. Please obey the signed instructions and drive with care when encountering these situations.

Washington County's Department of Land Use and Transportation maintains almost a thousand lane miles of road striping. Because traffic wears the paint away, the stripes on heavily traveled roadways are repainted each year. Road striping must be done when the road surface is dry and weather is relatively warm.

Related: ODOT video about road striping

For more information about the county's road striping program, please contact Keith Lewis, Operations Superintendent, at 503-846-7685.

For current road work information, visit Washington County Roads at or call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623).


Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining the best transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and to operating the county roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Stephen Roberts, Communications Coordinator