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Striping machine makes rural roads safer
Morgan officials say equipment saving thousands of dollars

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A striping machine that Morgan County commissioners purchased is making roads safer in rural areas and it is saving thousands in contracting costs, officials said.

District 3 Commissioner Kevin Murphy's shop was the first to use the machine.

"We've probably done over 200 miles of striping," said Murphy. "We've finished striping all our roads in the district. The machine has paid for itself plus about 20 percent over. It's the best investment the county has ever made in my opinion."

Commissioners chip in

Murphy, former District 2 Commissioner Richard Lyons and District 4 Commissioner Stacy George chipped in and paid for the striping machine, which also includes a reflector component.

Each commissioner's district paid its share of the $40,286 cost last year.

Murphy said he will transfer the striping machine to George's shop next week.

"Then, while they are striping, the District 3 employees will put down reflectors," Murphy said. "It's very efficient how we're doing it."

The machine has saved the county money.

"If we had paid a company to do it, we probably would have gotten less than 30 miles of road striped," Murphy said.

Murphy said two of his employees will train George's employees to use the striping machine, which applies yellow stripes down the middle of the road and white stripes on sides.

George said he looks forward to striping roads in District 4.

"We need to get started as soon as possible," said George. "We got the paint ready. I believe we all knew what we were getting when we agreed to buy the machine."

Now that the striping is complete, Murphy said, he will start paving more of Morgan County 55.

The county will pave the road from Alabama 157 to Morgan County 41 (Danville Road).

"We should get started soon," Murphy said.

He said the estimated cost is $120,000.

Last year, the county paved Morgan County 55 from McKendree United Methodist Church to Alabama 157 and from U.S. 31 to Eva.

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