Ask Us: Concord resident’s question prompts removal of street dots

Ask Us: Concord resident’s question prompts removal of street dots
Botts’ dots (AKA turtles in Washington and Oregon or buttons in Texas and other southern states) are round non-reflective raised pavement markers. They are used, along with reflective raised pavement markers, to mark lanes on highways and arterial roads. Photo by Pete Cruz

Q: I live in the Sun Terrace neighborhood on Montreal Circle in Concord. Once a month, the street sweeper cleans the gutters. In the process, the street sweeper decapitates the raised yellow dots designed to show the street divide. Chunks of the dots end up in my yard, where many times my lawnmower finds them first. The city has a crew replace the dots, only to have them decapitated the very next time the street sweeper comes.

Oak Grove was just repaved, and they put in those yellow temporary divide markers. Although designed as temporary, would they have a longer life expectancy than the raised dots and maybe be safer, too?

William Herrera

A: Thank you for sharing this inquiry with us; it prompted us to take a look. On narrow streets like Montreal Circle, the street sweeper does periodically need to cross lanes when cars are parked along the curb. Mr. Herrera’s suggestion to use a different pavement marking was a good one. Public Works crews removed the buttons and restriped with a long-lasting thermoplastic material on Aug. 3.

Justin Ezell, director of Public Works for the city of Concord

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