Press release – Edward N. Hines, his genius led to white centerlines on streets

The ‘Paul Mijksenaar Design for Function Award 2011’ is a posthumous tribute to Edward Hines, whose genius led to white centerlines on streets and motorways.
White lines down the middle of the road: What could be more obvious? And yet they were once – in 1911, to be exact – a brilliant new idea. In Michigan, Edward N. Hines, a member of the Wayne County Road Commission, saw a leaky milk wagon leaving a liquid trail on a dusty roadway. It made him think of painting white lines down the centre of the road to create lanes that would clearly separate traffic moving in opposite directions.

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Persbericht in Nederlands (PDF)

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