City’s new paint machine busy this season

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Street Department Lead Operator Randy Ludvik paints a new line on the crosswalk at the intersection of North Main Street and Blackhawk Avenue Wednesday morning. The city recently purchased the new paint machine for $22,000 and is painting numerous crosswalks and other areas where the lines have faded over the years. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

By Ted Pennekamp


Prairie du Chien Street Department Superintendent Dan Titlbach said the department is quite pleased with the city’s new line painting machine.

“It has already paid for itself and then some,” said Titlbach about the machine which was recently purchased for $22,000. “This machine is way faster and more efficient than our old one.”

Titlbach explained that the old machine had to be pushed along by the operator. The operator sits on the new machine and drives it.

Titlbach said the city paints many miles of lines each year. This year, the new machine is being used to paint numerous crosswalks around town where the lines have faded. The roundabouts will also be painted as well as the airport.

“We usually use about 300 gallons of paint, but this year we’ll use about 600 because of the airport and roundabouts,” said Titlbach.

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