Vanishing lines a costly problem for roads department

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By Laura Osman, CBC News Ottawa, August 14, 2018

The painted lines on Ottawa's roads are literally disappearing, leading to a surge in complaints from residents and saddling the city with a costly problem to solve.

The rapidly fading road markings have been an issue since 2012, when council voted to save money by repainting them just once a year. A few months later the federal government made it mandatory for municipalities to use paint with low volatile organic compounds (VOC), a more environmentally friendly alternative to the longer-lasting product many cities had been using.

The problem is, low-VOC paint tends to last less than a year on Ottawa's roads, and by spring many markings have disappeared completely.