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Why are median islands sometimes not painted?

Julian March
StarNews

Q: Why are the middle-of-the-road islands not painted on the ends so they are easier to see when turning? There are a lot around Wilmington.

A. Over time, the paint wears off. Reflectors on median islands can also be damaged when struck by vehicles.

The median at Carolina Beach Road and Golden Road needs work. Google Maps

The median at Carolina Beach Road and Golden Road needs work. Google Maps

But the N.C. Department of Transportation will add more paint or reflectors if it is needed, said George Eckart, an assistant division traffic engineer for the DOT.

In addition to responding to complaints, the DOT also tries to be proactive and identify median islands that need attention, Eckart said.

This MyReporter questioner asked specifically about a median at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Golden Road in New Hanover County.

Eckart pulled an image of the area up on Google, which showed no paint on the tip of the median.

“That’s something we would go out and mark,” Eckart said.

If you notice a median on an area road that looks a little bare, you can call 910-341-2000 and ask for George Eckart.

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