Drivers are reminded to use caution when passing crews painting lines on Nova Scotia highways.
As the weather turns sunny and warm, crews are able to repaint the yellow and white lines on roads.
While a number of updated safety precautions to alert and instruct drivers have been put in place, road maintenance vehicles have been struck from behind in the past.
“Painted lines and markings are a critical safety feature on our highways and getting them freshly painted in the spring is a priority,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We ask drivers to pay attention and take care while staff do this important work.”
To paint the lines department staff use a string of vehicles, called a train, consisting of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board.
Approaching traffic must follow the instructions on the message and arrow boards until they pass the entire group.
There are four paint crews on the roads in dry weather. Their goal is to complete all scheduled painting in the province by mid-October.