Poor weather and equipment issues cause lane-painting delays in Winnpeg

You may have noticed something lacking on many streets around Winnipeg this year, and if you typically find yourself driving, you’d be right.

The re-painting of roadways has been delayed this year due in part to a wetter-than-average spring, and most recently equipment breakdowns on Winnipeg’s only line painting machine.

According to the City, only 38% of Winnipeg’s roadways have been repainted so far this year, and councillor Janice Lukes thinks it might be time for the city to consider expanding its fleet.

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“Will we look at buying a machine, and more staffing for next year? Possibly,” said Lukes. “It’s at least a $2-million plus touch to do that.”

The line painter was back in action on Monday, painting along Portage Avenue, from Monday to Thursday between 5am and 3pm.

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Ensuring lanes and intersections are properly marked isn’t just important for drivers says Lukes, but it’s also important for pedestrians.

“I’m concerned about the vulnerable road user,” Lukes explained. “It [painted lines] does identify where the crosswalks are, and where to stop so you’re not blocking a crosswalk.”

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