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Paint testing on Spring Street bike lane delayed due to weather

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, February 10, 2012, at 01:44PM
Hayley Fox

The green paint on the Downtown bike lanes is faded and peeling after only a few months.

Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) workers planned on testing green paints this Sunday on the Spring Street bike lane, but said an unfavorable weather forecast has caused them to postpone the makeover.

According to weather.com and the weather forecast posted on City Hall's website, all looks sunny and bright for Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60s.

But on Monday and Tuesday of next week, Downtown is expecting rain and the city probably wants to avoid performing a fourth paint job on the bike lane.

The 6-foot-wide path that runs down Spring Street was first painted last November, touched up in December, and again in need of a re-coat this month.

Variables such as sun exposure and roadway composition has caused the paint to splotch and rub-off the road completely, so city crews planned to test different "infill materials" this weekend to find a type of paint that would really stick.

According to the LADOT bike blog, some of the roadworthy materials the city will eventually be testing are paint, concrete stain and thermoplastic. They will be looking for signs of durability and for a material that wont turn slippery when wet.

They said the Spring Street project is a "pilot program" for future bike lanes throughout the city, so that they can pinpoint problem areas and avoid them in the construction of other lanes.

They will coat different blocks of Spring Street with the different materials and then monitor the segments for signs of wear.

Garage access was going to be restricted for certain Spring Street residents on Sunday, but those closures are now lifted because of the project's postponement.

An alternative date hasn't been chosen yet.

Work on the Main Street bike lanes, running from 9th Street to Venice Boulevard, are still on track. Crews should be finished stripping the old markings by this Saturday and pavement markings and signs are expected to be installed by Feb. 19.

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