Eight file claims over damage from yellow road striping in Burrillville

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BURRILLVILLE – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has received only eight claims from drivers who say their cars were damaged from wet paint on Burrillville roadways earlier this month.

The painting was done in-house by RIDOT’s road striping division, and due to changing weather patterns and humid conditions, did not dry as expected. As a result, yellow lines  through downtown Harrisville and Pascoag became smeared and reportedly splashed onto several vehicles.

Drivers who needed to file a claim were instructed to visit www.ridot.net/claims.

The striping on Wednesday, Oct. 10 prompted dozens of residents to weigh in on social media, with many posting photos of their cars. The paint, some noted, was not easily removed and left smudging.

But RIDOT spokesman Charles St. Martin told NRI NOW on Tuesday, Oct. 23 that his agency had received a total of only eight claims – five of which were still pending and awaiting additional information from the claimants.

“All claims go through a review process,” said St. Martin. “We don’t have a final picture on costs.”

St Martin said RIDOT is self-insured for the claims.

“This does not happen frequently,” he said.

A picture posted on social media shows one driver’s damages from RIDOT’s yellow line painting in Burrillville.