WENATCHEE — You’ll have to keep imagining where lane striping belongs on some main city streets for at least another month.
Recently resurfaced Miller and Worthen streets are both in need of lane markings, and much of Wenatchee Avenue has yet to get its annual re-striping of fading lines. The striping will be done anywhere from one month to several months late.
None of the work is scheduled to be done until at least the middle of October, said City Engineer Gary Owen.
The city received a federal safety grant, and Owen hopes to use a portion of it to put down durable plastic striping on Miller Street. But he is still waiting for approval from the state Department of Transportation to use the money for that project.
A two-and-a-quarter-mile stretch of the road between Springwater and Crawford streets was recovered in a chip-seal last month. There are currently little plastic flaps sticking up to show where lane markings and crosswalks are located.
“The schools really want the crosswalks to be painted,” Owen said.
So far, drivers and kids are adjusting to the lack of clear crosswalk markings near Wenatchee High School and Pioneer and Orchard middle schools, said Bob King, director of safety and security for the Wenatchee School District. But he said it will be good when the markings are finally done.
“It’s hard to tell drivers that they’re doing something wrong if they can’t really see what they’re supposed to be doing,” he said.
If the approval comes soon to spend the money, Owen said the city will solicit a contractor and the work could be done as early as mid October.
Meanwhile, the city had also hoped to use the plastic striping on Wenatchee Avenue between Ferry Street and the Miller Street junction. So the normal repainting of the roadway that occurs in the spring was delayed to be done at the same time Miller Street was striped.
But Owen said he has since learned that the state Department of Transportation plans to do some repaving of the road, which is also state Highway 285, in 2015. Owen said the city doesn’t want to rip up the expensive plastic striping so quickly, so they will instead do a normal painting of the road this fall.
That work will be done at the same time at Worthen Street is repainted. But that work has also not been scheduled yet.
The city hasn’t come up with a plan for striping Worthen Street, which was rebuilt last year with sidewalks in anticipation of the opening of Pybus Market.
Owen said property owners along the road are divided on how the striping should be done, in particular whether to have additional on-street parking or bike lanes.
He said he hopes to have a final plan for Worthen Street striping by early next week. Then the city will go out to bid for the project, which will also likely happen in
mid to late October.