Off the road and into the drain
Sep 27, 2013 / 11:17 am
Paint seeped into the drains along Springfield Friday morning, after newly painted white traffic lines were washed away by the rain.
According to Darryl Astoforoff, the public works manager for the city of Kelowna, the paint crew set out around 5 a.m. before the rain started to fall.
"They usually watch the forecast, and if it is not raining normally the paint could dry in a few minutes," explains Astoforoff. "But in this case they got caught (in the rain), because they are using a new federally regulated waterborne paint, we used to use an oil base paint."
The new waterborne paint has been used for about two years, however, it takes longer to dry than oil based paint.
The paint is environmentally friendly and does not pose a threat as it is washed into the drain system.
Several motorists were concerned that the paint was being splash onto their vehicles, however Astoforoff says because the paint was mixed with water it will wash away easily, just as mud would do.
City crews will have to re-paint the traffic lines once again along Springfield Road, from Durnin to Highway 33, once the road is dry.
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