AUGUSTA (AP) — Transportation department crews are hitting the road this week to kick off the state’s annual effort to paint stripes on highways throughout the state.

The Department of Transportation says striping crews will lay down fresh paint on the center lines, edge lines and the on and off ramps on Interstates 95, 295 and 395.

Motorists are being advised to keep their distance from paint trucks.

Although the paint is fast-drying, officials say some drivers inevitably end up with white or yellow paint on their vehicles.

The striping initiative is expected to last until mid-August.

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