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Safer 6-Inch Wide Highway Striping Thanks to Senate Bill 1

Caltrans News Flash #151

Date: November 15, 2017
District: Headquarters
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

STOCKTON – In this Caltrans News Flash, you get an up-close look as Caltrans transitions from 4-inch wide stripes to 6-inch wide stripes on the state highways, providing motorists with a better view of the road in darkness or inclement weather such as rain, snow and fog.

A key step in the process is adding reflective beads to the paint, which reflect a small amount of the vehicle's headlights back to the driver – making the stripe readily visible. The new striping will also make it easier for autonomous vehicles to "see" the lines and stay in their lanes.

This new striping program is just one of the many projects which have been accelerated thanks to Senate Bill 1, which will invest $5.4 billion a year to fix California's transportation system.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 151st in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube.

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