Rice Ranch Road is a frustrating sight for Orcutt parents like Trish McCurdy.
“There’s so many dots behind me, that if you’re not familiar with the road, you don’t know if this road is two lanes wide or one lane wide or what side of the road you’re supposed to be on because of the white lines being mispainted,” McCurdy said.
The lines on Rice Ranch Road still haven’t been painted back on since the road was repaved. The cross walk for Pine Grove Elementary: it’s missing. At the four way intersection down the road at Rice Ranch and Graciosa, there aren’t markings either.
The lack of markings can get dangerous for kids like McCurdy’s son who bikes to and from school.
“My son and [several] of his friends are riding their bikes to school and they’re riding on this street and cars are not aware where the bike lane is without a designated bike lane painted.”
We checked in with the county to see why the re-painting has taken so long. They say the project was sub-contracted out to a company called “Super Seal and Stripe” whose machine to paint the lines is now broken.
“That kind of irritates me because I don’t understand how a whole county could have one machine that paints all the lines in the whole county. The other thing that frustrates me is that they’ve taken down the road construction signs – for months we had road construction signs – there is nothing warning people that they’re still doing construction on this road.”
We reached out to Super Seal and Stripe for comment and are still waiting to hear back. It’s unclear at this time when their machine will be fixed.