Plow trucks remove Upstate interstate lines

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SPARTANBURG CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Over 40 miles of interstate lanes in Cherokee and Spartanburg counties are in the process of being repaired after plow trucks removed more than just snow since Saturday. 

Raised reflectors, also known as RPMs, and painted stripes were swiped off southbound lanes of Interstate 85 in the construction zone between mile markers 80 and 77. A total of 44 miles in both directions need just the reflectors replaced.

A large portion of the area is under construction. The paint that was dissipated by salt and brine was temporary which made it easy for the snow removal process to wash them away. Paint for temporary lanes is much more diluted than the permanent paint used after construction is complete, said construction manager Sean Lind with Blythe Zachry Joint Venture, the contractor in charge of the project.

Lind said there’s a small window of time to get the striping done with overnight freezing temperatures expected for Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

“The problem is you can’t stripe when it’s wet or if it’s freezing. So, we have a small window and 4 o’clock [Tuesday] we’ll stripe,” Lind said.

Lind said the striping will continue until the job is done hopefully Tuesday night.

He asked drivers to please be patient as the traveling population’s safety is his crew’s first priority. 

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