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Pulaski paved and striped

By WILLIAM PAINE

william.paine@southwesttimes.com

Drivers in the town of Pulaski may have noticed that the stripes on the road are getting brighter and that some roads are a little smoother going. That improvement is because of the town of Pulaski’s annual road paving and striping projects, which took place over the past few weeks.

According to town officials, several streets have been repaved including Fifth Street Northeast between Washington and Jefferson Avenues and portions of Mount Olivet Road and Wilson Avenue, where a water line upgrade had been installed.

In addition, every double yellow line and white stripe on just about every road in town has now been repainted by a contracted crew from Bristol. This week that same crew applied turn arrows and stop stripes using not paint but a plasticine material known as Thermoplastic.

Thermoplastic polymers were used to apply turn arrows and stop stripe markings on East Main Street (Route 99) at the intersections of Peach Street and Bob White Boulevard. A machine is used to heat the Thermoplastic to a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit before it becomes solid, as it cools, when applied to the surface of the roadway. The Thermoplastic road markings are expected to last up to t10 years before having to be replaced.

The town paid for this paving and striping work with funds allocated from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

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