DOTD hit with shortage of yellow road paint - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

DOTD hit with shortage of yellow road paint

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A shortage in yellow road paint is hitting many highway departments across the country, including the Department of Transportation and Development in Lake Charles.

The DOTD said the shortage stems from an insufficient supply of a chemical used to create the road paint.

"We're not completely out of the yellow paint, but we're getting rather low," said Patrick Landry, the District Traffic Operations Engineer for DOTD.

Landry said they only have one tote of yellow paint left, and they are ordering their paints weeks in advance to ensure they will have enough.

"We try to order paint and have enough paint to do the work that we have scheduled," said Landry.

But Landry does not believe the shortage will have a huge impact on summer road projects, however.

"We're pretty much on schedule with the striping that we've found to be deficient," said Landry. "I think we've covered most of the deficient highways."

Landry also does not think that the shortage of the paint will affect the price they pay to purchase the paint.

"As far as we're concerned we have a state contract, so it would not affect the contract price for the paint," said Landry.

The DOTD said they plan to use their last tote of yellow paint sparingly and only when needed.

"We'd rather stripe it before it gets to the point where we can't see it than stripe it," said Landry.

The shortage is expected to end sometime by the end of the June.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Vehicle accident on I-10 WB near Shattuck Street

    Vehicle accident on I-10 WB near Shattuck Street

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:36:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Drivers should avoid I-10 westbound near the Shattuck Street exit for the next hour due to a nearby wreck, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Drivers should avoid I-10 westbound near the Shattuck Street exit for the next hour due to a nearby wreck, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes

    Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:30:14 GMT
    Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes.  More >>
    Nightcast to start at 11 p.m. due to programming changes.  More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another round of showers Monday before another stretch of dry weather later this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another round of showers Monday before another stretch of dry weather later this week

    Sunday, July 23 2017 4:25 PM EDT2017-07-23 20:25:21 GMT
    Another round of storms MondayAnother round of storms Monday

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down and rain will come to an end. Overnight we will be left with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to 20% overnight. On Monday will have rain chances go back down to 30%. The same upper level high pressure will be migrating back south closer to our area and will limit, but not quite eliminate, our rain chances. Rain chances are best in the afternoon. 

    More >>

    By sunset this evening the temperatures will start to go down and rain will come to an end. Overnight we will be left with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. Rain chances are down to 20% overnight. On Monday will have rain chances go back down to 30%. The same upper level high pressure will be migrating back south closer to our area and will limit, but not quite eliminate, our rain chances. Rain chances are best in the afternoon. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly