DeWitt approves new marking for crosswalks

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By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer

DeWitt, MI – DeWitt City Council passed a crosswalk striping bid presented at their meeting on October 9, 2012.

The current crosswalks have been marked with waterborne paint and during the winter this causes them to fade resulting in the need to be repainted every year, said Daniel Coss, DeWitt city administrator.

3M™ Stamark™ Pavement Marking Tape Series 270ES
New markings that will be used in crosswalks of DeWitt, MI.
Photo from www.solutions.3m.com

With winter approaching, the council was recommended “to accept the quote of P.K. Contracting for a no-to-exceed amount of $3,768.41 to install needed cold plastic pavement marking at various locations in the City of DeWitt,” according to the meeting agenda.

A new mark

The cold plastics pavement marking tape is a product of 3M™ Stamark™ and is designed to improve road safety.

“To have a contractor install the cold plastic crosswalk tape it costs about double of what the waterborne paint marking cost per foot,” said Rich Miller, DeWitt public service supervisor.

Although this new marking costs more, it is supposed to last longer without having to repaint it almost every year.

“I have found that this product will last 3-7 years in the City of DeWitt,” said Miller, “while waterborne paint crosswalks usually last 1-2 years.”

Future improvement

The entire city council was in favor of this bid and hopes these new crosswalks will improve the city financially and with traffic, especially during the winter.

“Using this material will provide a longer service life versus the paint product we use and translates in to costs savings for our residents,” said Coss.

This marking will be used on 15 streets in DeWitt and is scheduled to be completed within the next few weeks, said Miller.

“I think it will help traffic flow quicker,” said Ariella Hirsch, DeWitt resident and student.  “There are a lot of traffic jams before and after school and a reason might be because of how the crosswalks look now.”

Contact Tiara Marocco (949) 812-0635 or maroccot@msu.edu

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