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Zig-zagging lane lines confuse commuters along I-66 in Virginia

"I had to bail off 66 and take the back roads to be able to get to work on time," complained a frustrated driver.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

CENTREVILLE, Va., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Commuters driving through I-66 in Centreville, Va., were faced with an unexpected challenge Monday as recently placed lane lines began stripping and curving.

Just over a week prior, highway workers laid down temporary tape to designate lanes while road work was being done. As rush hours came and went, the tape was subject to increasing wear-and-tear, eventually peeling and repositioning itself.

The cumbersome roadways caused accidents and massive delays, with traffic described as "horrific" by frustrated commuters.

"I had to bail off 66 and take the back roads to be able to get to work on time," one commuter told NBC News.

Crews began fixing the lines around 7 p.m. Monday night and had to work through the early morning to correct the roads.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said the tape was placed due to a temporary lane shift that will last three months while a portion of I-66 that bridges over Virginia Route 29 is rehabilitated.

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