Paint Shortage Causes Construction Setback

9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 06 2010 Oct 6, 2010 Wednesday, October 06, 2010 6:49:21 PM CDT October 06, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA- Nationwide a shortage of reflective paint has caused a setback for construction, even for Columbia. 

The reflective paint is used along centerlines of streets and highways as a safety measure for drivers and walkers. 

Shonda Harbourn says she appreciates the lines for safety reasons.  "It helps them to know where to park at especially when it rains, because I'm bad at driving in the rain," said Harbourn.

The reflective paint contains methyl methacrylate, which is only produced by a few plants in the U.S. Once one of those plants in Texas began facing production problems, the availability of the methacrylate decreased.


In Columbia, the Public Work Department re-paints the lines a couple of times a year.

Spokeswoman Jill Stedem said, "We typically do refresh the lines striping and symbols each spring and fall.  This year we're a little bit behind because we're waiting on some paint to come in." 

There are several streets in Columbia that are waiting to be lined including, Walnut, Ponderosa, Walnut, Broadway and a few others.

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