WILTON (WGME) – Maine Department of Transportation paint crews across the state are injecting glass right onto the pavement but there’s no reason to fear flat tires.
Every year, the Maine DOT restripes hundreds of miles of state roads.
“Lines are as important to us in the summertime as snow plowing is to DOT in the wintertime,” Wayne Arsenault of the Maine DOT said.
The thick yellow stripes are put down with nearly 250 million gallons of paint a year.
“This truck holds 500 gallons of paint and we’ll empty this truck three times a day,” highway crew supervisor Tyler Bean said.
“I couldn’t even put a number on the number of lives it’s probably saved with these paint lines,” Bean said.
Embedded inside each line are millions of pieces of glass.
“That’s what makes that line stand out at night. It gives the definition of that line,” Arsenault said.
The reason people are not getting flat tires from the glass-infused paint?
“The glass is 80 percent round. There’s nothing sharp about it. You can pick it up and rub it in your hand,” Arsenault said.
While the paint is now easier to see at night, DOT officials said people still don’t seem to see their crews.
People are constantly running over their freshly painted lines, trying to pass.
But the crews will be out there, ready to lay down the law — and the lines.
“They’re all looking out for the traveling public, every day,” Bean said.