Ghost marks to be fixed

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SI­MON SMITH

The ghost lanes on Auck­land’s Northwest Mo­tor­way are be­ing re­moved, the NZ Trans­port Agency says.

The shadow mark­ings from re­moved, old, lanes have been con­fus­ing mo­torists while the mo­tor­way is be­ing ex­panded, caus­ing cars to veer in­ad­ver­tently into oth­ers’ lanes.

They glow brighter than the real lane mark­ings when driv­ing into the sun.

The mark­ings were par­tic­u­larly bad head­ing west around the Water­view Con­nec­tion, as re­vealed in a Stuff video that showed many near ac­ci­dents in­clud­ing with trucks and a pub­lic bus.

The New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) says it has been con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing and car­ry­ing out work on the lines. Ex­tra work to re­move lines around the Water­view Con­nec­tion, also known as the Great North Road In­ter­change, is planned for the evening of Novem­ber 15 when new lines will be re-ap­plied.

Fur­ther work is planned for Sun­day night to mill out black lines around the in­ter­change, with a fi­nal sur­face laid next week, de­pen­dent on weather. An NZTA spokesper­son says about 4 kilo­me­tres of blacked out lines were also re­moved on the night of Novem­ber 13.

The Water­view Con­nec­tion, New Zealand’s largest ever in­fra­struc­ture project, will be com­pleted in early 2017.

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