Part of the credit goes to stimulus funds, but the projects are creating what city engineers call "the perfect storm" that is forcing workers to use inferior supplies.
The paint shortage is partly due to the increase in road repairs, and production delays from paint manufacturers overseas.
"I'm concerned about it. But it's not something we're able to control," said O'Connor.
So re-paved streets across the nation are getting by with temporary striping, costing the cities thousands of dollars more, in material and labor.
Bob Hart lives down the street from an elementary school on Bryan Avenue and is worried about the crosswalk across from his home, which has the thin, temporary striping.
"I wonder when something's going to happen," said Hart. "This happens to be an intersection where people tend to slide on through. A 'Hollywood stop.'"
O'Connor doesn't know when the permanent striping will go up on Bryan Avenue.
And the paint shortage might be around for another year.
"We really ask residents to be patient with us," said O'Connor, even though his agency is not to blame.
Meanwhile, work orders continue to pour into the San Jose Department of Transportation. And engineers will complete those projects, with temporary striping.