Ghost marks to be fixed
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.