Why Do Highways Have New Striping?

Friday, May 22nd 2009, 9:12 pm
By: News On 6

By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The lanes on Oklahoma's highways are getting a makeover.

But what is the difference between the traditional white stripes and the new white striping with black shadows?

"The black and white stripe is basically a contrasting stripe that's kind of a safety enhancement project that we're starting to do," said Paul Green, Oklahoma Department of Transportation construction engineer.

The alternating stripes make it easier for drivers to see which lane they are in.

"It's just something that in the evenings, when the sun is going down and in the mornings when the sun is coming up, it's a lot harder to see that white stripe on top of the concrete," Green said.

The stripes are made out of epoxy.

"It's supposed to stay down better when we come through and do our ice and snow removal, it should stay a little better," Green said. "As we go around and renew our stripes after the winter, they'll see more of this black and white stripe."

ODOT says they've had positive feedback about the new stripes and that they are easier to see, although it isn't the cheapest way to define a lane.

"It's a little more expensive, but it's not bad," Green said. "When you consider safety enhancements, I wouldn't say money is no object, but we try to get the best deal for our dollar, that's for sure."

Expect to see the more visual stripes streaming along the highways, and there won't be a gray area when you try to find your lane.

The highways with the striping are on Interstate 244 south around to the Creek Turnpike and U.S. 169 by Owasso up to Collinsville. Interstate 44 also has some striping.