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It’s not a warning on the level of the predicted arrival of murder hornets, but Jefferson County motorists cruising along county maintained roads are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for crews renewing striping.

“We wanted to get the word out that crews will be doing restriping this summer, as they do every year,” Public Works Director Jason Jonas said. “For some reason, this always ends up to be a problem. People get behind the striping crew, and either they try to pass it out of frustration or they don’t stay the recommended 50 feet behind the vehicle.

“In both cases, they end up getting paint splattered on their car or truck. It takes the paint at least two minutes to cure, and in either scenario, the paint is wet. And it always seems like it happens on someone’s brand-new truck,” Jonas said. “It’s never somebody’s broken-down jalopy.”

Crews from America’s Parking Remarking in St. Louis County began the work July 6 and will be out through September striping every county-maintained road.

“Each year, we restripe the center line and all the symbols such as stop bars, turn arrows and railroad crossings,” Jonas said. “We do the edge lines (marking the right side of the road) every other year.”

This year, he said, roads south of Hwy. M, Hwy. MM and Hwy. W will have the edge stripe renewed.

America’s Parking Remarking was the lower of two bidders for the work, which is estimated to cost $134,018 and will be paid from the county’s portion of a 1/2-cent sales tax for road and bridge improvements.

“We’re just asking people to be aware, and to be patient,” Jonas said. “No one wants paint on their car.”

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