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One Stripe, Two Stripe

Posted Monday, July 19, 2010, at 12:53 PM

I'm not one to complain about improvements to Fort Scott, however, there is one thing that really bothers me. It may seem minor so some, but to me it is glaring at me everyday.

How difficult is it to stripe a road? I don't have any experience running any of that equipment, but I would think that there would be some way to make sure that the double line down the center of a road each start and stop at the same place, or at least close to it.

I know that a huge topic around the country is the question of what is happening with our tax dollars. As a person who travels Wall Street and National Avenue on a daily basis, I couldn't be happier to see a fresh coat of asphalt beneath my tires. I know that resurfacing a road does not come with a light price tag so one would imagine that it would at least look like it was worth the money when it was finished.

I don't have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but I do like when things look neat and organized. Wall Street and National Avenue look great with the exception of the center stripes that don't meet up. For example, on National Avenue at the intersection of First Street, I believe it was, one of the center stripes extends more than a foot past the other. There are several similar examples along the recently resurfaced Wall Street as well. On Wall Street there are several cases where the center stripes don't line up and the also don't line up the while lines on the sides to designate parking area (not another lane to drive in.)

Poor striping on the roads just make an excellent project look sloppy. Would you be satisfied if you paid a professional lawn care company to take care of your lawn and they didn't edge the sidewalks? The point is that the roads look great and feel great too. The new sidewalks are fantastic. The striping is poor.

Something should be done, even if it is somebody going out there with a bucket of black paint to cover up the excess striping. It just looks like the employees of the company that did the striping don't really give a hoot about paying attention to details.

This is something that drives me crazy, like that one nail on somebody's deck that has been sticking up for years. It isn't that hard to grab the hammer and drive it back in.

Quality is in the details. Anyone can paint some stripes on a road, but its a professional who should be able to do it right.



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