KENNEWICK -- Resurfaced roads in Kennewick should have white and yellow lines again by today.
The roads went unpainted after a national shortage of road paint.
But Granite Northwest Inc. of Pasco, the contractor for the joint city and county resurfacing project, found enough paint to finish the streets in Kennewick, said Alex DeLaPena, Kennewick project engineer.
He anticipated the white and yellow lines on the resurfaced roads would be done today.
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In the meantime, Kennewick had placed flexible tab reflectors on newly resurfaced roads to try to show where the lanes were supposed to be.
Norm Childress, Benton County engineering services manager, said he's not sure if Granite Northwest will have enough paint to add lines on the resurfaced roads in rural Benton County. Those roads weren't supposed to be painted yet.
It's the contractor's responsibility to get the paint, he said.
Benton County's program laying chipped rock and oil sealing on roads is on a rotation, with roads getting resurfaced every seven years, Childress said.
Waiting any longer to resurface the roads would create a more expensive project, he said.
A national road paint shortage was caused when a fire destroyed existing stock at a Texas manufacturing plant and DuPont, a source of the critical ingredient for road paint, scaled back production during the economic slowdown.
Franklin County already had received the road paint it ordered before the shortage started.
Gary Fitch, Franklin County road supervisor, said the county temporarily loaned paint to another county in the state and didn't have anymore to help its neighbors.
He has about 1,000 gallons of the 8,450 the county ordered left and it will be used up this year.
Peter Beaudry, Kennewick director of municipal services, said Kennewick still is expecting to receive its paint order in August. If that happens, the city still will have enough time to repaint faded lines on city roads.
Benton County plans to ask for bids on a restriping project for all county roads this month, Childress said. Hopefully, the chosen contractor will be able to find enough paint.
If not, Childress said the repainting can wait.
* Kristi Pihl: 509-582-1512; firstname.lastname@example.org