Striping is planned on U.S. 63, MoDOT said Tuesday.

A press release issued by the South Central District of the Missouri Department of Transportation recently referenced a fire at a DOW chemical plant in Texas, as the cause of recent road paint shortages. The information was inaccurate and MoDOT has apologized for the error.

According to Dow Chemical Senior Public Affairs Leader, Rebecca Bentley, DOW previously experienced production issues at its methyl methacrylate (MMA) manufacturing unit in Deer Park, Texas, resulting in a partial shutdown of this production unit in early May. MMA is a key raw ingredient in road paint. “This plant is now back online, and it achieved a full manufacturing rate on May 16, 2010,” said Bentley.

Although the plant is now back online, supplies are still constrained as material makes its way through the supply chain. The total production loss for DOW Chemical during this incident was equivalent to less than 2% of the annual MMA production capacity in the United States.

Bentley said the reduced supply of MMA has been an industry-wide issue. “Tight supply of MMA, an ingredient in acrylic-based paints, is not an issue particular to DOW. This was due to a combination of strong demand, and planned and unplanned outages across many industry producers globally,” she said.

While, DOW is not the largest MMA producer, they do provide specialized reflective road paint to MoDOT for striping. The reduced supply has caused crews to change the prioritization of striping in the area.

To manage the shortage, striping crews are focusing on placing center stripes on routes that have recently seen pavement treatments. As paint becomes available, crews will complete the striping as they have in years past. “The public should be aware that this shortage will affect the timeframe in which we normally stripe the state roads, and should paint become available soon, we will proceed with our normal striping plan”, said MoDOT Traffic Supervisor Don Counts.

MoDOT uses an annual contract for its paint, so costs should not increase during this shortage, which is expected to ease by the end of September.

EARLIER STORY: Striping crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation have less paint to work with this summer, the organization announced this week.

A national shortage of road marking paint, caused by a fire at a DOW chemical plant in Texas, is causing MoDOT to prioritize striping a bit differently.

MoDOT uses paint with a special chemical that makes it more durable. According to Regional Traffic Supervisor Don Counts, summer is the optimum time for striping.

“The summer is a good time for striping, because the paint cures and dries in the hot weather the best,” said Counts.

To manage the shortage, striping crews are focusing on placing center stripes on routes that have recently seen pavement treatments. As paint becomes available, crews will complete the striping as they have in years past.

“The public should be aware that this shortage will affect the timeframe in which we normally stripe the state roads and should paint become available soon, we will proceed with our normal striping plan,” said Counts.

MoDOT uses an annual contract for its paint, so costs should not increase during this shortage, which is expected to ease by the end of September.

 

 

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