May 5, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has bought a state-of-the-art vehicle to apply traffic marking paint in an environmentally friendly way.
The Transportation Department has invested about $330,000 to buy the vehicle, which will apply water-based traffic marking paint on highways for the upcoming construction season.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry, in making the announcement today, said the vehicle will help crews be safer, faster and more efficient as they apply traffic marking paint.
"The vehicle is fully fitted to apply water-based traffic marking paint, which will help us make the transition from using oil-based paints to environmentally friendly water-based paints," said Landry. "Last year, about 40 per cent of the traffic marking paint applied in New Brunswick was water-based. This year, we anticipate that we will exceed 90 per cent."
Landry said the purchase of the vehicle underscored the commitment of the provincial government to meet upcoming federal regulations on volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Oil-based traffic marking paints are composed of high levels of VOCs. In general, oil-based paint is composed of about 450 g/L of VOCs, whereas water-based paint has less than 150 g/L of VOCs.
These compounds contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and particulate matter, which are the main components of smog.
Smog has serious health effects on Canadians, including thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions and emergency room visits each year.
Peterbilt New Brunswick was the successful bidder for the truck chassis. Road Services International (RSI) was the successful bidder for the striping apparatus.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.