ROANOKE RAPIDS – More than 360 miles of roadway in Halifax County will be restriped this year with high-visibility pavement markings that will improve safety
A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will start later this month, using a slow-moving operation of equipment. The crew will place what is known as thermoplastic paint, which is highly reflective in headlights and more durable than traditional road paint.
An NCDOT study in 2021 found that using such thermoplastic, long-life lane markings reduced serious crashes on rural roads by 13%.
More than 100 sections of secondary roads, including some two-lane highway routes, across Halifax County will be restriped under the $2.8 million contract the department awarded in January. The primary routes to be refreshed include sections of N.C. 4, N.C. 43, N.C. 125, N.C. 481 and N.C. 561.
Other roads in the county that have more recent pavement markings or are scheduled to be resurfaced within a few years will not be restriped under this contract.
The work will be ongoing through the fall, so motorists should be alert when they encounter the crew, slow down and be patient. The work does not require lane closures.