7 thoughts on “Lazy Road Painters

  1. Memphis City Engineer John Cameron response to this= “Road striping is done in a three-vehicle convoy that stretches nearly a thousand feet.
    Once this large convoy gets rolling, it’s really safer and more efficient for it to just keep rolling. We don’t want to, particularly on a busy street, to stop the convoy.
    Instead, there are specific instructions for handling stuff in the way.
    A note is made of that by the supervisor and we come back, follow up with a smaller crew that paints the new stripe.
    In other words, what looked like sheer laziness amounts to staying safe.”


  2. I was gonna comment that it’s probably not the job of the person/people in the paint vehicle to clear the debris and if they stopped to do so, that would actually be less efficient and ruin the continuity of the paint let. I bet it’s actually policy to keep going and take note where they paint over things like this.

    But Ted came along and actually linked to a story.

  3. When I came to this Island in the Philippines 8 years ago, I rented a motorbike and drove around the entire island, a 5 day trip!
    As I cruised around the coastal hiway, I swerved around an old man sitting indian style in the middle of the road. He had a little cup of paint and a 2 inch paintbrush….. he was the Hiway Striper!
    There is some logic to this. Instead of one man getting rich for the lowest bid to stripe the entire highway, 50 people are bringing rice home every evening to their hungry kids. …just sayin’
    (this is not the actual pic…)

      • what’s even stranger, is that they have no clue what to do with a ‘passing lane’! They tried it for the first time near here and it is just hillarious. the stripe shifts back and forth with no thought given to bends in the road, or visibility ahead! …just -my turn -your turn- my turn- your turn. but they dont know what a passing stripe is anyway.
        They tried STOP signs here in Valencia last year. (The only ones on the island) HAHAHA It really screws things up when anybody actually stops. Also, STOP is an english word and is a secondary language here.
        Even the busiest intersections in the city of Dumaguete are uncontrolled and everyone does just fine weaving through eachother, and walking traffic is mixed right in with us.
        There is no driving test here, just pay the license fee and drive. I call it my ‘license to kill’.


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