TX roads part of highway paint shortage

DALLAS, TX Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Lippincott says the agency has suspended redrawing the stripes on existing roads due to the shortage of a resin-like material called methyl methacrylate. Manufacturers have notified Texas about production and demand delays.

The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that Texas normally would have enough paint to redraw 171 million feet of the 4-inch-wide stripes on highways and other state-maintained roads.

Lippincott says construction of new roads will continue, but the paint shortage could delay some required striping. Temporary markings and "no center stripe" signs will be used.

Lippincott says the shortage is expected to ease later this year.

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