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Man starts petition to add reflective lines to Utah roads

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A petition to change reflective lines on Utah roads is gaining a lot of traction. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- A petition to change to reflective lines on Utah roads is gaining a lot of traction.

The petition on Change.org had more than 10,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

The petition organizer Nick Bodkin said drivers can’t see the existing lines when it starts to rain and even worse when it snows.

KUTV spoke with Bodkin over social media recently. He said we need high visibility lines on Utah roads to make inclement weather driving more safe. That’s why he petitioning to have the governor and the state to begin remaking our freeways and surface roads.

On the petition, he stated the use of salt during the winter as a de-icing agent furthers this issue and has a tendency to turn the roads white.

It said reflective roads lines could help mitigate these road hazards.

John Gleason with the Utah Department of Transportation said they are constantly looking for ways to enhance safety and keep Utah moving.

Gleason said; "Because of our unique environment and climate, lane striping has consistently been one of the biggest challenges we have faced for years. There is no simple solution."

Gleason said when it rains or snow melts, the water on the road is more reflective than the paint.

"The biggest struggle is finding a product that will hold up in all weather conditions, including the beating our roads take from salt and snow plowing. We are currently testing a new paint with two types of reflective beads, our standard reflective beads mixed with a new weather-resistant bead, on two sections of I-215 that look very promising. At the same time, we need to see how they hold up in the winter."


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