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Road Crew Paints Over Roadkill

Friday, July 21, 2017

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A road crew in Tulsa, Oklahoma, striped more than just the center line on a recent paint job.

Locals near North Yale and East Marshall Street in North Tulsa reported to Fox 23 that there were a number of roadkilled animals left behind, covered in yellow, after a new road striping job. One family even told the TV station that when they saw the crew coming, they were sure the painters would stop and remove the dead detritus from the road.

Obviously, that didn’t happen.

In total, residents found carcasses in three different spots covered in fresh paint.

According to The Kansas City Star, Loren Lewis has been a resident in the neighborhood for the past 40 years, and she was surprised more carcasses weren’t found, as both wild and domesticated creatures die along that stretch of road “all the time.”

“If the stripers stopped to pick up the roadkill on this road, there wouldn’t be any striping done,” Lewis told Fox 23.

Another local resident, a young boy, wanted to help the crew to move the carcasses out of the way. But, he told KRMG radio that it wasn’t possible: “My mom said, ‘You can’t be out on the street alone.’”

Roadkill Protocol

While the city did own up to the poor painting mishap, officials told Fox 23 in a statement that painting protocol normally dictates that crews have to remove anything from the road that would prevent lines turning out nice and neat.

The operator of the striping truck allegedly did not notice the dead animals until they had already been painted over.

The city sent crews to fix the issues only after the story had aired on television.


Tagged categories: Infrastructure; Maintenance coating work; NA; North America; Paint; Paint application; Quality Control; Roads/Highways

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