Question: Does the City of Tacoma have a plan to inventory and repaint missing yellow lines, directional arrows, etc. on major streets? Many are missing, and its sometimes hard to tell if there are supposed to be two lanes of traffic moving in a single direction, or only one. While experienced drivers can often go with their instincts, its another source of confusion for young drivers just starting out. Debbie, Tacoma
Answer: The city keeps a striping inventory to plan road maintenance. Crosswalks, stop bars, parking stalls and word and arrow markings are usually updated by city crews. Lane lines are done by contractors in about half the city annually. The priority to replace other markings is based on how busy and complicated an intersection is, according to the city.
Tacoma will replace more of its markings next year, due to a federal grant to update the markings at busy intersections that have traffic signals, with the priority being school zones. Questions about pavement markings in Tacoma can be directed to Josh Diekmann at 253-591-5756.
Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268
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