In this edition of “Ask Matt,” Matt Broom, Hot Springs Village POA Associate Director of Public Services, addresses the lack of center-line striping on many residential roadways.

Resident:  We live on a very hilly and narrow street.  Oftentimes, when another car or truck is coming down the street, I have to pull over so we can pass each other because they are over the center of the road.  Can the POA put down a yellow center-line stripe on our street so vehicles will stay on their side?

Matt:  Unfortunately, the Public Services Department cannot centerline stripe every street where this occurs.  And honestly, we don’t believe that would actually stop vehicles from crossing over the center of the street.  It’s worth noting that new rules require any center-line striping the Public Services Department puts down to be a double yellow line.  This would effectively reduce any street width by approximately one foot.  In addition, while striping is not overly expensive, the sheer volume of roads in the Village that are currently striped makes it a challenge for the Public Services Department to ensure they remain visible, given the budget we have.   Adding more double lines would make this much worse over time.  If a resident reports this issue, the Public Services Department will come out and evaluate the road for possible gravel additions along various edges where we determine the widths to be a possible safety issue and may also add some reflective pavement markers along the center line along curves or other dangerous areas if we deem it a safety issue not only to help indicate the center of the street but also to help visibility at night or when it rains. 

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