New lines, same paint

  • Jun. 21, 2013 2:00 p.m.

The highway lines on Haida Gwaii are going to be re-painted this summer with same paint that wore off quickly the last time the road was painted. The traffic lines from Queen Charlotte to Masset are scheduled to be painted between Aug. 8 and 19. However, the Ministry of Transportation is planning to use the same paint that Queen Charlotte councillor Greg Martin expressed concern about in last week’s Observer, calling it “ridiculous” that the lines need to be repainted so often. Road authorities can no longer use oil-based paint, said Cindy Cousins from the Ministry of Transportation, due to new environmental regulations. “Changes in national environmental standards required road authorities across Canada to change the type of paint used for centerlines,” she said. “The oil based paints used in the past released fumes when drying, that were harmful to the environment.” The new environmentally-friendly paints are not proving to be as durable, she said. “The paint industry is actively pursuing ways to improve the durability of these more environmentally-friendly paints,” she said. “In the meantime, the ministry will be testing a thicker application of paint in key areas on the islands to see if we can achieve improved durability.”