Highway line painting starts Saturday

  • Aug. 6, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Watch out for line painting crews, who will be starting work on the islands highway and side roads this Saturday, Aug. 9. The line painting will take about nine or ten days, said Randy Penner, acting district manager for the Ministry of Transportation in Terrace, depending on weather. Mr. Penner said the crews will repaint the lines on all of Highway 16, not just the portion between Port and Masset that was re-paved earlier this year. The lines will be painted with a water-based paint that is not as durable as an acetone-based paint. Many islanders complained about the quick wear of the water-based paint that the Ministry used last time, but Mr. Penner said starting this year, the roads on Haida Gwaii will be painted every year instead of every two years. That should help keep the lines fresh and visible, he said. The crews will be painting in the village of Queen Charlotte, including around the ferry terminal on Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Mr. Penner said it would be much appreciated if people could park somewhere other than the shoulder of the road during this time.

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