MAILBAG: Limit on white road stripes

Joe of Spring Lake Township asked about why an area road has white sidelines part of the way.
Mark Brooky
Jun 27, 2012


"Is there a reason the white sidelines on Dogwood/180th Avenue were only painted from the north Ferrysburg city limits to just beyond Lake Hills Elementary School in Spring Lake Township? It would seem for safety and aesthetic reasons the sidelines would have been continued to Hickory Street."


We started out by asking Ferrysburg and Spring Lake Township officials, and they referred us to the Ottawa County Road Commission.

"The Ottawa County Road Commission currently does not have a program to paint edgelines on all of our county roadways," responded Fred Keena, traffic engineer for the Road Commission. "We generally paint edgelines on primary roadways with a significant number of curves to assist in defining the edge of the road and on roadways with a paved shoulder to delineate the lane edge. Local roads typically do not have edgelines; however, we painted the edgelines on Dogwood through the curved section as part of the repaving project last year (the straight section on 180th Avenue does not meet our requirements for edgeline)."

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