Springtime road striping

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation

Nighttime road striping will start soon on some Washington County arterial roads. The county's contractor, Apply-A-Line, Inc., stripes some roads at night when there is less traffic, reducing delays for motorists on heavily traveled roadways.

ApplyALineRoads scheduled for night striping:

  • 158th Avenue from Merlo Road (MAX tracks) to Cornell Road
  • 185th Avenue from Alexander Street to West Union Road
  • Barnes Road from Multnomah County line to Cornell Road
  • Cornelius Pass Road from TV Hwy to Cornell Road
  • Cornelius Pass Road from Hwy 26 to Multnomah County line
  • Cornell Road from Multnomah County line to Main Street (Hillsboro)
  • Evergreen Parkway from 185th Avenue to Brookwood Parkway
  • Farmington Road from Murray Boulevard to 170th Avenue
  • Farmington Road from 198th Avenue to 209th Avenue
  • Murray Boulevard from Scholls Ferry Road to Hwy 26
  • Scholls Ferry Road from Raleighwood Lane to Teal Boulevard
  • Tualatin-Sherwood Road from Nyberg Road to Hwy 99

County crews repaint road stripes on rural and urban roads throughout the summer. County striping crews operate during both daytime and nighttime hours, weather permitting. Most roads with higher-traffic volumes will be repainted at night.

Road striping

Road users 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 road users of the striping operation. Please obey the signed instructions and drive with care when encountering these situations.

Road users should use caution when encountering a road striping operation. Do not drive across the stripes when 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 at a pressure car wash right away before the paint sets up. For more information, visit ODOT's advice for removing striping paint from vehicles.

Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation maintains almost a thousand lane miles of road striping. Because traffic wears the paint away, the stripes on heavily traveled roadways are repainted every 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 the Operations and Maintenance Division at 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or lutops@co.washington.or.us.

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great 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:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Coordinator