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Earning their stripes

Striping a county road is about more than paint

A Barton County Road and Bridge Department sealing crew improves a county blacktop. After this is done, the roads must be re-striped.

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There is more to striping a line down a county road than slapping on some paint.
The process must adhere to strict state and federal safety regulations. Then, in Barton County, there is the scope of the endeavor – the county maintains nearly 400 miles of paved roadway.
 At their Monday morning meeting, Barton County Commissioners approved a quote from Straight Line Striping Inc. of Snohomish, Wash., for striping  of over 100 of those miles. The estimated cost is $80,000 which includes both the center yellow lines and the white edge lines.
The work will begin in August or September ...

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