All washed up

Pop quiz: How long does it take for the lane stripings on a road to go from “brand new” to “so faded that road crews have to put up warning signs about an unmarked road”?

Apparently, around here, the answer is “less than 48 hours”.

It’s somewhat of a remarkable achievement when you think about it. How exactly does a road crew achieve this degree of epic fail for what should be routine maintenance? Did they use water-soluble paint? I haven’t seen that much suffusion of yellow since Dirk Gently lent me his calculator. Even the tape the road crew used for temporary lane markings proved more durable.

I know, I know, car navigation systems are pretty nifty, but can we please wait until they stop telling people to drive along train tracks before we start eschewing lane markings?

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