Communities face road-stripe paint shortage

June 21, 2010

Newly paved roads in Indiana communities might look bare this summer as a nationwide shortage of road paint prevents public works crews from putting the finishing touches on stripes and other pavement markings. The shortage stems from a low supply of a paint additive known as methyl methacrylate, which makes road paint brighter, and from increased demand for markings because of projects funded by the federal economic stimulus program. In some cases, communities are being told it could take up to 14 weeks to get the paint.