No, those are not bike lanes on Hwy. 54 in the westbound lane between the roundabout at Scott’s Corner and Mexico.
A paint supplier was transporting paint this summer and leaked it on several roads between Hwy. 79 south of Hannibal to west of Kingdom City, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
When the truck had to slow down or stop, it leaked or sprayed more paint, explained a MoDOT spokesperson. There were two options to address the spilled paint, which included removing the paint or covering it up.
“Removing the paint could possibly cause damage to the pavement since it’s concrete,” said Marisa Ellison, communications manager for MoDOT’s Northeast District. “And covering it with black paint, we felt, would look just as marred, so we decided to leave it alone to allow it to wear off.”
Ellison said it will be noticeable for at least two years, if not longer.
“We will be resurfacing Route 19 from Basinger Corner to New London within the next few years, as well as U.S. 54 from Scott’s Corner to Route J in Mexico, but this will not include the resurfacing over the concrete surfaces such as the roundabout.”
MoDOT will let the paint poured down the middle of westbound Hwy. 54 between Scott’s Corner roundabout and Mexico fade on its own over the next few years. Photo by Barry Dalton