City needs more money to keep paint on the roads

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, August 10, 2018

The city says it needs more money in its annual $2.95-million road painting budget to keep the standard markings from vanishing.

More people have been complaining about the quality of road markings in Ottawa since the federal government forced changes to the composition of the paint, a city analysis shows.

Coun. Diane Deans asked staff to explain in writing how federal regulations on road paint have impacted the city’s operations. The response was released publicly this week.

The city used solvent oil-based paint prior to 2012. Federal legislation in September 2012 required road-marking paint to be formulated with “low volatile organic compounds” and applied between May 1 and Oct. 15.

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