PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) had yet to fix the striping problem KOIN brought to their attention about a month ago on Interstate 5 as of Monday.
In February, KOIN 6 News found stripes were completely missing from many sections of Interstate 5. When ODOT was contacted about the issue, a spokesman blamed the snow storm and plow trucks unintentionally scraping off the lines.
Now, ODOT spokesperson Kimberly Dinwiddie said this is a striping warranty issue and the stripes were already coming up before the snow storm. Dinwiddie said ODOT was already planning to fix them when the snow storm hit.
Travel lanes have temporarily been fixed with paint, but yellow lines have not been touched and portions of the white shoulder striping are also missing, KOIN 6 News learned on Monday after investigating.
ODOT said they are now working out the warranty issue on the original striping with contractors and manufacturers. They won’t be restriping the yellow lanes until that warranty issue is resolved.
Dinwiddie said the missing shoulder striping is not a safety issue. For now, she said there are visual cues drivers can look for to help them understand where the shoulder area is on the area of the freeway still missing striping.