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ATSSA Prep Before Stripe Workshop

Stripers and Agencies


ATSSA will be holding a workshop at the next annual convention in New Orleans. We are soliciting all striping contractors and government agencies to participate.

Please forward your questions and comments regarding prep-before-stripe work to the moderator at

Title of the workshop:

“Before the Striping: Roadway Surface Preparation: A time-consuming service that’s worth a charge because it extends the life of the pavement marking.”

Workshop description:

Many times, a pavement-marking company will be awarded a contract, only to find out the surface preparation phase was an afterthought, if it had been given any consideration at all. As a result, time, money, and manpower are utilized – often times without financial compensation – to adequately prepare the surface for the pavement-marking application.

The following panel of experts will discuss the time and effort that goes into properly preparing a roadway surface before the pavement marking is applied, and why it should be a critical first phase of any pavement-marking job. The panel will also discuss ways to ensure that surface preparation is included in the contract.

Workshop Date and Time: 

  • Session Title: “Before the Striping: Roadway Surface Preparation”
  • Date: Tuesday, February 2
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Panel Experts:

  • Juan Arvizu, Pavement Marking, Inc.
  • Michael Boeger, Potters Industries
  • Mark W. Bott., P.E., Michigan DOT
  • Steven Smith, SMITH Manufacturing
  • Raymond Somich, Dow Chemical


Steven Smith, SMITH Manufacturing

Workshop Objectives: 

The audience will leave with information to help them make better decisions when planning and executing pavement marking (striping) projects.

Workshop Questions:

The panel of experts will discuss the following questions.  Please bring your questions to the workshop or post your questions to the moderator at

  • Why should surface preparation be a critical first phase of any pavement marking job?
  • What are the ways to ensure that surface preparation is included in the contract?
  • What are the current surface preparation standards for asphalt and concrete surfaces?
  • What goes into properly preparing a roadway surface before markings are applied?
  • What are the obstacles/challenges, benefits/opportunities and points of contention facing contractors and agencies to get prep-before-striping specified as a separate pay item on contracts?
  • What are the striping performance success stories and failures when surface preparation is prepared correctly or not?
  • What are contractors doing now to get paid and not giveaway, their prep-before-stripe work?
  • Where will the money come from to pay for prep-before-stripe work?
  • What are the costs to keeping the workzone open longer for prep-before-stripe work?
  • What are the case studies or examples of prep-before-stripe success with measurable results available?
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