Annual Line Painting Program

Page updated July 23, 2021

Annual painting of District of Sooke roadway lines takes place through a coordinated approach each summer. Contractors work through the evening and early morning hours for several days until completion.  Some daytime work may also take place.

Each year, line painting is split into two tasks: curbs and symbols (crosswalks and stop bars) and long lines (centerlines and fog lines). Road markings in Sooke conform to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Manual of Standard Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings.

Maintaining the visibility of these lines is important for the safety of everyone in our community. Doing so in a coordinated fashion keeps residents informed of the activity taking place in their neighbours and support sustainable fiscal management.

We appreciate your patience while line painting is in progress.

DID YOU KNOW: The District of Sooke is responsible for the stewardship and management of approximately 105 kilometres of roadways. The annual line painting program is a cost-effective approach to managing these assets.

About the program

The annual street line painting program begins with survey layout work once street sweeping operations are near completion in the spring. The program consists of survey-layout work, painted handwork pavement markings and painted linear lane markings:

  • Survey-layout work includes all preliminary markings (street line spotting) required by the contractor to correctly apply traffic markings.
  • Painted handwork includes the markings found at intersections such as crosswalk lines, stop bars, directional arrows, etc.
  • Painted lane markings include all linear traffic lane lines on District streets.

About the paint

  • It takes approximately 5 minutes for traffic paint to dry;
  • Wet traffic paint on the road may splatter on your vehicle if you cross the line before the paint has dried;
  • If your vehicle is splattered with paint, wash it off as soon as possible;
  • If paint does not wash off, spray the affected area with WD-40 and allow it to dry for 2 hours, then re-wash the affected area;
  • If the paint remains, consider submitting a claim to your insurer.

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