Crosswalk project aims to find most durable paint

The city is starting a new pilot project to cut down on the time and money spent painting crosswalks.

Several new paints being comparison tested on 17th Avenue S.W.

The city is trying out new paint products for crosswalks, looking for the most durable. (Courtesy Josh White)

The city is starting a new pilot project to cut down on the time and money spent painting crosswalks.  

After every winter, road crews begin a new season of repainting faded crosswalks all over Calgary.  

At Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s suggestion, the roads department is now trying out a variety of new products to see which ones can stand up to Calgary’s harsh winter.  

The testing is taking place on 17th Avenue between Macleod Trail and 14th Street S.W., where each crosswalk will use a different type of paint.  

The project has the potential to yield noticeable savings in supplies and labour, said roads department spokesman Sean Somers.

"All of that is night work … so we have as little impact on traffic and commuters as possible. But certainly, if we could do it every second or third year, absolutely, there would be significant savings there."   

The city will know in the spring which product has the best visibility and durability.

Calgary road crews paint nearly three million metres of lane markings each year.