City to begin thermoplastic markings project


If you have ever held your breath wondering if someone was going to sideswipe your car as your lane shifted on Gay Street in Portsmouth, you are not alone. People have dealt with that lane shift situation for several years, but now the problem is in the process of being solved.

The city of Portsmouth is in the process of having thermoplastic pavement markings installed on three streets. Thermoplastic is a hot-applied road marking compound for the creation of highly reflective stripings with long-term performance. Thermoplastic is based on either alkyd or hydrocarbon resins and contains a significant portion of premix glass beads.

Due to the necessary melting process when applying thermoplastic to the road surface, more sophisticated road marking equipment is required. Different methods are available, depending on the requirements of the final marking. The PE bags in which thermoplastic is packaged are part of the formula and therefore no waste is produced during the application process.

Thermoplastic markings are of high quality and excel through improved durability, excellent reflection properties at night and day and in wet conditions. Moreover, thermoplastics can be used to achieve additional security features like delineation with an acoustic and rumbling effect.

“The contractor is Griffen Stripping,” Portsmouth City Manager Derek K. Allen said. “They are scheduled to do the thermoplastic pavement markings within the next two weeks.”

Allen said the contract was for $30,683.84. He said the streets that are being done this year are Gay Street, Offnere Street and Gallia Street in Sciotoville.

“It is our intent to do thermo plastic pavement markings every year,” Allen said.

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Gay Street at 11th Street where the lane shift occurs Street at 11th Street where the lane shift occurs

By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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