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Backstage: Transportation Center—Picassos of the Roadways and Controlling the Traffic

Markings

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.

This is a 50 pound box of thermoplastic paint they use to mark the roads.
This is a 50 pound box of thermoplastic paint they use to mark the roads. It’s hard as a rock solid before it gets melted down in the special truck they have.
The blocks of paint are put into a truck equipped with a melter. The melter is at a constant 475°F so it can be dispenses from the truck.
The blocks of paint are put into a truck equipped with a melter. The melter is at a constant 475°F so it can be dispenses from the truck.
Ever wonder what makes those arrows and lines so reflective at night? It's actually tiny glass beads they toss on them after the lines have been painted.
Ever wonder what makes those arrows and lines so reflective at night? It’s actually tiny glass beads they toss on them after the lines have been painted.

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.

this department is responsible forestalling and maintaining all those temporary medians (the plastic poles that stickup in a line). The refer to them as "bowling pin." They put 'em, people knock them down.
this department is responsible forestalling and maintaining all those temporary medians (the plastic poles that stickup in a line). The refer to them as “bowling pin.” They put ’em, people knock them down.
They have to drill down about a foot to get those anchored properly. With a drill that weighs 75 pounds and no revers, it's quite a workout. We were joking we would stat a program called the Highway Fitness Program. It's a win-win . People would get a workout, they would get more manpower.. :)
They have to drill down about a foot to get those anchored properly. With a drill that weighs 75 pounds and no revers, it’s quite a workout. We were joking we would stat a program called the Highway Fitness Program. It’s a win-win . People would get a workout, they would get more manpower.. :)

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.

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These are two of the five people responsible for all the temporary traffic control situation.
These are two of the five people responsible for all the temporary traffic control situation.
This department works very closely with the Sheriff's Department to get things done well and as quickly as possible. This was a road closer that was done on Big Bend Road and a railroad crossing. They did it at midnight. With no communications, they set things up and got 'er done in no time. Everyone knew what to do and did it!
This was a road closer that was done on Big Bend Road and a railroad crossing. They did it at midnight. With no communications, they set things up and got ‘er done in no time. Everyone knew what to do and did it!

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.

 

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