Utah DOT Continues Work on Improving Lane Markings on Major Freeways

Nov. 30, 2023
The project focuses on implementing contrast striping for increased visibility.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recently provided an update on its ongoing $26 million project aimed at enhancing lane markings on major freeways across the state. 

The project focuses on implementing contrast striping, often referred to as tiger tail striping, involving a white line with a black line directly following it. This combination significantly enhances lane visibility, making it more discernible for drivers.

"Everything that we put down is reflective: the paint, the tape, any type of lane markings," said UDOT spokesperson John Gleason to KUTV. "We're working towards making our lane markings as reflective and visible as possible because we want people to be able to see where they're going and to be able to stay in their lane."

The Utah County portion of the project on I-15, from Payson to Lehi, has recently been completed with positive feedback.

However, Gleason said there will be a temporary break for the winter, resuming in March or April 2024 for Salt Lake County, parts of Tooele and Summit County, as well as Davis County, covering major freeways such as I-15, I-215, SR-201, and I-80.

"We're consistently working on our striping throughout the state year-round," he said. "I mean, this is going on non-stop. We try to refresh our striping every year on all of our major roads and all of our state roads. It's a constant effort," said Gleason.

He outlined the comprehensive commitment to safety, including the $26 million project, an additional $6 million annually for striping maintenance, and a three-year study testing various striping products in harsh winter conditions.

As the $26 million project progresses, UDOT aims to provide lasting improvements.

"The contrast striping that we're putting down right now we expect to get about six years of use from," said Gleason.

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Source: KUTV News