These are the guys that keep us all in line, literally. Can you image a road without lines?
The Markings department of the highway paint all stop bars and crosswalk lines on the roadways, guide lines to get us around corners, median noses to keep people like me from running them over and legends (turn arrows and lines) at intersections.
It’s alot of hard work. Remember, there are 2200 pedestrian crosswalks to maintain, not to mention all the other lines, lanes and legends. With only four people and all the backlog, these guys work a full eight hours a day, one in the building to gather equipment, seven in the field painting and drilling.
I actually found this video of the lining process from start to finish. These guys are Picassos of the Roadways. Take a look at the video below.
So that’s the Markings Crew. Next time you see them out there working, give them a wave or buy them a cold water.
Temporary Traffic Control
There are 250 road closure and special events that this department works through every year. They do all the road closure, lane closures, inspection of contractor’s permits and special events (like fun run road closures). All this with only five people keeps them hopping. They enjoy teaming up with the Sheriff’s Department for much of their work.
Something these people do that is not part of their job description is they report closures to Waze, a live traffic app that feeds into Google Maps. By doing this, they can help keep traffic moving around closures.
You may never see these people to say thank you for their hard work. In fact, we all may hate them for getting in our way on the way to work. But their work is necessary to keep everyone safe in traffic while work is getting done.