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Mind the green paint! City crews to test new materials for Downtown bike lanes

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, February 06, 2012, at 10:23AM
Simon Hartigan

The existing Spring Street bike lane after it was installed last November. This weekend, LADOT crews will be testing various green paints to fix up the 3-month old lane.

Spring Street's new, green bike lane was installed only a few months ago and Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) crews are returning to the scene this week to test new paints.

Portions of the first paint job didn't stick along the 6-foot-wide bike lane because of variables such as roadway composition and sun exposure. Now, city crews will be testing six different green “infill materials” to see what will work best for re-coating the lane.

Starting at 7 a.m. on Feb. 12, crews will be out and about almost all day. They will be working on three blocks of Spring Street: From Aliso to Temple, 5th to 6th, and 6th to 7th.

For people whose garage access is on the west side of Spring Street on the affected blocks, entry and exit will be restricted from 1 a.m. to 4p.m. on Sunday.

This isn't the first time the less than 3-month-old bike lane needed a touch-up. In December 2011, city work crews descended on Spring Street to fix worn and discolored spots on the lane only a week after it was painted. These damages were likely caused by rain and traffic that cut across the paint before it had sufficient time to dry.

In addition to the Spring Street spruce job happening this weekend, bike lanes are set to be installed on Main Street on the weekends of Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. Those lanes will run down Main from 9th Street to Venice Boulevard. LADOT crews may be prepping the area during the week, removing previous lane markings in preparation for new ones.

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