CHARLOTTE, NC - Nearly 300 gallons of white latex paint spilled over Brookshire Boulevard to the ramp of I-85 North on Friday.
A container holding the paint fell out of the back of a truck, according to NCDOT.
One lane of traffic is getting by on the ramp, but drivers are getting paint on their tires. pic.twitter.com/VpvShOzqW6— Brian Christiansen (@BrianFox46) April 8, 2016
The left outbound lane of N.C. 16/Brookshire Blvd. has reopened. NCDOT is currently working with cleanup crews to reopen to remaining lane, as well as the ramp to I-85 within the next hour.
Any paint not already cleaned up has dried on the highway. NCDOT's top priority is making sure that the remaining paint doesn't make existing pavement markings difficult for motorists to decipher.
Once both outbound lanes and the ramp are open and the rush hour queue has diminished, NCDOT will work with the cleaning company to schedule a time for additional cleanup.
This could be as soon as later Friday night or Saturday, depending on availability of cleanup crews.
According to NCDOT, there are several methods to clean the spill. Whichever is used, it will take most of the day. pic.twitter.com/TxxPhKZ6OT— Brian Christiansen (@BrianFox46) April 8, 2016
People are encouraged to avoid the area, if possible.