A City of Gillette street sweeper
With a little luck and cooperative weather, the city hopes to begin restriping Gillette’s roadways within the next few weeks.
Currently, driving and turning lanes are nearly invisible around the city, the result of being sandblasted by scoria, the sand mixture put down on roads by the city during significant snow or ice events.
City Spokesperson Geno Palazzari advised, however, that there are a few things that need to be addressed before restriping can occur.
First, there is the weather to contend with. Roadways need to be warm and dry before the striping paint can be applied and properly dry.
Second, there needs to be little to no chance of inclement weather. If the paint is applied in cold, wet conditions, it’s possible the paint won’t cure properly.
Additionally, restriping the roadways wouldn’t make sense if scoria is dumped on any freshly painted driving and turning lanes, which would be subject to a vigorous sand blasting.
During last week’s snowstorm, Palazzari said, the city only used minimal scoria on places with new concrete where applying Ice-Slice, a deicer, would void the concrete warranty, such as Camel Drive and the Gurley Overpass.
The city also put scoria down on steep roadways, such as Sixth Street at 4-J Road.
But city crews refrained from any wide-spread usage of scoria, which would have undone all clean-up efforts up to that point and would have pushed restriping further down the road.
City Public Works Director Sawley Wilde said in a memo last week that his department hopes to continue sweeping and clean-up efforts this week.
Councilman Tim Carsrud had said during last week’s City Council meeting that re-striping needs to be a top priority, having seen out -of -town drivers guess at where they should drive because they couldn’t see the lines.
For those of us that live here, he said, we know where the lines are and where the turning lanes are.
Visitors from out of town, however, do not, Carsrud concluded.
Palazzari said, when restriping efforts do begin, the city will focus on painting the lines on all major roadways first.