Painting of crossings white to begin on Dec 03

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa


The Road Development Authority (RDA) would paint existing yellow pedestrian crossings white in accordance with the existing international standards, according to RDA.

RDA Chairman Eng. Nihal Sooriyarachchi said that the task would be commenced on December 3 by the authority.

He said that the decision had been taken in accordance with the Motor Traffic Act, and the Road Markings and Motor Vehicles (Signals) Regulations which was published in the Gazette Extra Ordinary No. 444/18 dated March 13, 1987, an amended Gazette Notification as the Motor Vehicles (Marking, Signals, Symbols and Road Markings) Regulations No. 02 of 2015 was published on November 12, 2015 by the Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry.

RDA Maintenance Management Director Kamal Amaraweera told The Island yesterday that the process of changing the colour of the pedestrian crossings would be done methodically over a period of one year.

"RDA would carry out all maintenance work and it has not decided to get independent contractors. The materials will be purchased from the private sector," he added.

He said that the cost of the total process would be around Rs. 30 million.

Pedestrian crossings painted white would be easily visible for both the pedestrians and vehicle drivers and that would help bring down the number of road accidents, he said.

Countries with cold climates had been painting pedestrian crossings yellow to ensure their visibility during snow as well, he said.

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