Freeway markings confuse drivers

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There is a fair share of complaints about Oahu roadways, from potholes to this crooked center line on Kuaoa street in Mililani.

But, there’s another issue brewing among drivers in Kaimuki.

“I thought it was a temporary you know but it’s still there,” says driver Josephine Stone. She can’t stand these visible lines that stretch out along the H-1 Freeway.  “It’s confusing because there are so many lines and dots.”

Those lines are the result of a project the state did to add another 10 years to the life of the freeway, by cutting slots into the road, inserting steel bars and filling it in with high-strength grout.

“For me, I got used to the new style, people may need to get used to the new style,” says driver Murali Maka.

Sure it might be easy to spot the three separate lanes of the freeway from an overpass.  But, what about from the front seat of a car?

We hopped into our news car and hit the road so viewers could decide for themselves – confusing or not?

“It definitely is distracting, you can’t tell which ones are the stripes and which ones are the lines for the road,” says driver Rachel Rivers.  She says it’s downright confusing.

“Especially those days it’s raining and kind of sunny, there’s a reflection of the sun onto the road, that’s when it’s the worst because you can’t really tell which one is the road or the construction. Are they going to do anything about it?”

Brianne Randle: “Well, they say it’s permanent.”

Rachel Rivers: “It’s permanent?”

The DOT says the slots are a lighter color than the rest of the freeway, but that will fade over time.

“How long will it take to fade and in the meantime what are the drivers supposed to do? Keep guessing where the lines are?,” says Rivers.

This project was paid for as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by the President to improve infrastructure.

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