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Line Marking, Essential

In the central, eastern and northern divisions, the painting of white lines on the roads is the responsibility of a Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) seven-man line marking crew. “Line marking
03 Jun 2016 10:30
Line Marking, Essential

In the central, eastern and northern divisions, the painting of white lines on the roads is the responsibility of a Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) seven-man line marking crew.

“Line marking is essential for safety. The lines provide a guideline for motorists and pedestrians, so that all road users can be safe. Markings must be legible and lanes marked correctly,” FHH Line Marking Supervisor, Kayne Thompson said.

He said between January and April this year, the crew has already used 80,000 litres of paint to paint 343 kilometres of centre-line markings, 93 kilometres of dashed centre lines, 139 ‘giveway’ markings 97 stop markings, 164 speed hump triangle markings and 2168m2 of pedestrian bar markings – the most frequently painted marking on the road network.

“Not only are the lines painted white, but a glass powder is spread over the wet white paint so that there is a highly reflective surface. This is important for safe night-time driving.

“Even if the white marking is still visible, if the reflective surface has faded, then we need to repaint the lines for safety’s sake. When the reflection fades, it is really dangerous driving at night,” Mr Thompson said.

Three of the crew mark centre-lines only, using the line-marking apparatus on the marking truck, while the other four crew members use the hand-operated line blazer machine. This is used for marking bus stops, parking spaces, give-way lines, stop lines and turning lanes.

“FHH road inspectors keep us informed on a daily basis as to which lines are faded and need remarking,” Mr Thompson said.

FHH is working with the Fiji Roads Authority to provide maintenance on roads in the Central, Eastern and Northern Divisions.

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