Trial starts to remove ghost road markings

Trial starts to remove ghost road markings

When the layout of a road changes in the city, there are occasionally ‘ghost markings’ left behind from where the old road was marked out.

Wellington City Council has heard complaints over the years asking for better management of road marking across the city when they are changed.   

In the past, one method to remove the old lines would be to resurface the street – a task that would be costly and time consuming, says Council Transport and Infrastructure Manager Brad Singh.

“We’ve tried painting over the redundant markings with black paint, to covering them with long life black out material such as a cold applied plastic. And we've had to move away from removing the old markings by water blasting them off as it leaves an impression in the road and fills with water in wet weather – under head lights at night they still reflect like a road marking."

Brad says that all these treatments have their pros and cons with every one of them leaving some impression of the old markings. 

“More recently we have been covering markings with a long-life product that starts to blend with the road over time and permanently covers the original marking rather than the marking showing through over time as happens with black paint as it wears off. This treatment however still looks like a marking in certain lights.
“The cheapest method is to paint over the lines with black paint and this is used in situations where we expect the changes to be temporary, such as at road works sites or when we expect to come through to resurface the road within a year.”

Now, the team have two different promising treatments that they are trialling that will properly remove the marks from the road. 

The two treatments will be trialled on Bowen and Whitmore Street.

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