Q&A on the News

Q: I always thought crosswalks were painted. However, in a recent picture in the AJC, it appears that the rainbow crosswalks in Midtown are being laid in small sections. How were those crosswalks created?

— Gene Turner, Atlanta

A: The rainbow crosswalks, located at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street in Midtown Atlanta, were created by laying and adhering individual multicolored, thermoplastic panels along the road. After the panels were attached to the asphalt, they were then heated, bonded together with a torch and trimmed of excess material, Jewanna Gaither, spokeswoman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, told Q&A on the News.

According to Gaither, there are no other crosswalks within city limits that have been constructed this way; however, some green bike lanes have been created using the same technique.

Q: How many workers lost their jobs when construction was halted on the two reactors in South Carolina?

— Scott MacLean, Forest Park

A: More than 5,000 construction workers lost their jobs, media outlets reported. WLTX in Columbia, S.C., reported earlier this month that more than 600 employees with South Carolina Electric & Gas would be laid off as well. The nuclear units were under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, S.C.

Fast Copy News Service wrote this column; Dillon Thompson contributed. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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