JONESBORO, Ark. – Jonesboro’s Street Department is wrapping up its most ambitious restriping project in the city’s history, having restriped more than 316 miles of streets in 2016.
The figure represents almost 100 percent of the thoroughfares and high-traffic roadways in a city with more than 520 miles of asphalt roads, streets and highways.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said the work represents improved safety on roads and streets at night or during periods of inclement weather, especially for elderly drivers.
“If the street lines are hard to see, it becomes a safety issue,” Perrin said. “We’ve heard from citizens about various streets that were hard to see in the rain or at night, and this will help resolve that problem.”
City Streets Supervisor Steve Tippitt said the record amount of work was made possible because the city purchased a road-striping machine in 2015, then added equipment to it this year that enabled workers to carry both yellow and white paint on the road at one time.
“It’s the most striping work the city has undertaken in one year, and it should last a couple years, except in high-traffic areas, which we will have to touch up again next year,” Tippitt said.
Street striping is not done in residential neighborhoods, and the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department is responsible for striping on state highways, which including Red Wolf Boulevard, Harrisburg Road, Southwest Drive and Main Street, Highland Drive and Dan/Johnson avenues.