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Paint testing on Spring Street bike lane rescheduled for this weekend

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 11:36AM
Hayley Fox

Crews from the LADOT will be out testing paint this weekend on the Spring Street bike lane. This comes more than a month after the paint job was rescheduled due to rain.

After a previous cancellation due to rain, the rescheduled paint tests for the Spring Street bike lane will resume this Sunday.

The L.A. Department of Transportation (LADOT) will be testing "infill materials" on three blocks of Spring Street; from 5th to 6th streets, 6th to 7th streets, and Aliso to Temple streets.

The current 6-foot-wide bike lane is peeling and chipped as a result of many environmental variables, including roadway composition and sun exposure. City crews will be working to find a new paint or application material to thoroughly re-coat the lane.

Work crews will be out starting around 7 a.m. on Sunday, and access to driveways and garages on the west side of Spring Street will be restricted from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The LADOT and Downtown Neighborhood Council (DLANC) suggest moving you car to a different street ahead of time, if you will need access it during the day on Sunday.

The maintenance of the Spring Street bike lane has been an ongoing effort since its creation in November 2011. Only one week after opening, the lane needed a touch-up -- largely because cars had cut across the paint before it dried.

For the upcoming weekend, the DLANC is asking for the residents' cooperation in avoiding the coned-off areas as to not run over fresh paint.

The Spring Street bike lane is a "pilot program," according to the LADOT bike blog, to work out the kinks involved in painting a city bike lane so that future projects can run more smoothly.

Some of the factors they're considering when selecting a paint includes how well it adheres to concrete, and if the surface loses traction when it becomes wet.


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