The line-painting machine in action. Picture by Spencer Griffiths.
THE most extensive programme of highway re-marking ever undertaken on the Isle of Wight has started.
Reflective paint will be used to mark white lines on more than 100km of the Island’s main roads between now and the end of the month by Island Roads, as part of the highways PFI.
Many of the markings are being laid by a specialist vehicle not widely used on the Island before.
The vehicle paints the markings while travelling at a quick walking pace, which means it is generally unnecessary to close the roads and limits traffic queues behind the vehicle.
To further minimise delays, the company said the majority of the work would be completed between 8pm and 4am.
Once the vehicle has completed the edge and centre line markings, a team will mark the remaining lines, including give way lines and hatch markings, by hand.
Paul Herbert, Island Roads service director, said: "Under the road markings programme, all the busiest roads will be treated in the coming weeks, followed by an urban refresh when the weather improves early next year. It is not practicable to install lines once the winter service starts due to salt residue on the roads."
l White lines which re-appeared in Brading High Street should be removed, Brading Town Council decided.
The council backed Brading Residents’ Action Group (BRAG), which said the centre line was 'not contributing to road safety’.
BRAG had secured agreement from the Isle of Wight Council to allow the lines to wear out and not to replace them but they had been re-laid by Island Roads, last Thursday’s meeting was told.