Possible Shortage of Highway Paint has Virginia Scrambling

By: Carlos Vergara Email
By: Carlos Vergara Email

June 13, 2010

Virginia is preparing for a possible nationwide shortage of highway striping paint.

The supplies of two chemicals used in the special paint to make it durable and adhere to the pavement are running low. The paint could be half as plentiful as usual through the summer, which is prime road-construction season. The shortage is expected to last for two more months.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has developed a list of approved alternative striping materials in the event the paint runs out.

But as of now, Virginia still has paint on hand and nationwide supplies aren't at a critical state.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials says Virginia is one of only three states that have contingency plans.


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