Line painting equipment needs space to work
When you encounter a line painting crew on the road, please stay behind the pilot truck that follows the painting truck. The paint needs a few seconds to dry and the operator of the truck has a limited field of view and may not see a vehicle or person in their blind spot.
Road lines help drivers maintain proper position on city streets, separate opposite flows of traffic and help indicate and direct traffic into the proper channels. Once the roads are dry and spring street sweeping is underway, line painting begins. Watch: Road markings and crosswalk painting.
Road marking or road painting includes all lane lines, edge lines, centre lines, crosswalks, chevrons and sharrows.
Durable pavement markings, which can last between 7 and 10 years, have been used on roadways throughout Saskatoon for a number of years. Recently, the City of Saskatoon has expanded the use of durable pavement markings to more high traffic roads.
- Approximately 800-850 kilometres of lane, centre and edge lines are painted annually. Higher traffic locations are painted 2 to 3 times a year.
- Approximately 1,400 crosswalks are painted annually. Crosswalks on higher traffic locations are painted 2 to 3 times a year.
- A typical paint season runs from early April (weather permitting) to September/October (also weather permitting). This allows for high traffic locations to be painted more than once a year.
- A significant portion of line painting on priority streets is done at night to limit the impact to motorists. For safety reasons, pilot vehicles with flashing lights always accompany line marking trucks on priority roadways.