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New lines mark B.C. highway

MERRITT, B.C. -- Work has begun on the installation of new high-visibility thermoplastic lane lines on two sections...


MERRITT, B.C. — Work has begun on the installation of new high-visibility thermoplastic lane lines on two sections of the Coquihalla Highway in B.C.

This innovative product has a high visibility factor, especially at night and when its raining, said Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon. Installing this reflective material will help drivers see the lanes more clearly, improving safety along this stretch of roadway.

The thermoplastic lane lines will be installed along 18 km of the Coquihalla Highway from Larson Hill to Juliet Bridge, as well as a three-km stretch from Zopkios Rest Area to Great Bear Snowshed.

The ministry is carrying out this project in partnership with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

Thermoplastic is applied in liquid form, and sets into a highly reflective, hardened state with glass beads imbedded in the plastic. This product has a higher level of durability and a longer life-cycle than traditional painted lines.

Thermoplastic markings are expected to last four years or longer on this part of the Coquihalla, which sees extreme snow and ice conditions and requires a high use of sand. Standard painted lines on this stretch of highway only last about a year.

Public safety is our top priority, said John Les, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Projects like this save lives and reduce injuries, and that benefits all British Columbians.

The contract value is $276,000, and work is expected to be complete by late September.


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