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Rain Spreads Wet Paint

Friday, August 26, 2016

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Residents of St. Charles, MO, are questioning why road crews would choose to put down lane markings on a day when the weather seemed questionable.

A contractor hired by the city painted new stripes on Elm Street Tuesday (Aug. 23) morning, but a rain shower that came down about 20 minutes later left a “big, yellow mess” in its wake, a local news station reported.

A spokesman for the city reportedly pointed the finger of blame at a pop-up shower and problem paint, but residents suggest it was simply poor planning on the city’s part.

The After-Effects of Rain

When the rain shower washed away the freshly applied stripes, paint-heavy yellow waters spread across the roadway, collected in puddles and along the sides of the road, and bled into a nearby creek, KSDK said.

The paint is water based and not an environmental hazard, according to the City of St. Charles.

In a post to Facebook, nearby resident Zack Smithey wrote: “Oops, forgot to check the forecast before painting the lanes!”

Many residents had no choice but to drive through it, spreading the paint onto what could be hundreds of cars.

“There was yellow paint everywhere,” Smithey told the station. “There was yellow paint all up underneath a lot of cars and thrown up on the sides of them, I mean, what can you do, you're already in it?”

Taking Responsibility

According to the St. Charles Streets superintendent, its contractor, Traffic Control Company of Valley Park, MO, is responsible for damage and cleanup related to the mishap because it made the decision as to whether to paint that day.

On Wednesday (Aug. 24), Ron Jones, vice president of Traffic Control, apologized for the incident and accepted full responsibility for what happened.

Jones told KSDK that his crews were monitoring weather radar that day, as they are trained to do, but were surprised by an “unexpected pop-up shower.”

Smithey, though, claimed, “Walking outside today, I could tell it was going to rain and, you know. I guess somebody else didn't make that judgment call before they painted the stripes.”

Jones said his company will make things right for affected drivers who file claims related to the wet paint.

Moreover, no additional tax dollars will be used toward the incident, Jones and the city confirmed.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Coating Application; Coating failure; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Paint application; Roads/Highways; Striping; Traffic paint

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