By John Boyd
The Kansas Department of Transportation hopes purple-colored pavement will help make roads safer near Minneola. KDOT is taking part in a research project that includes installling purple pavement on US-283 at the north and south ends of Minneola beginning October 29th.
The purple pavement is achieved using a product called Tyregrip over the existing pavement. According to the manufacturer, Ennis Paint, Inc., the pavement, provides traffic calming by alerting drivers to upcoming changes far enough in advance to aid driver decision-making.
The manufacturer also claims that the material has skid resistant characteristics which enhance safety. KDOT says the research project is designed to assess the safety benefits of this material.