Workers repair lane stripes on I-66

CENTREVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Virginia Department of Transportation crews have completed repairs to the lane stripes that peeled from Interstate 66 Monday morning.

The right lane and shoulder on the eastbound I-66 bridge over Route 29 were closed for the work until 3:30 p.m. Monday, say VDOT officials. Virginia State Police officials confirm the work resumed overnight and was completed shortly after 5 a.m.

On Monday morning, the Sky 9 chopper flew over Interstate 66 where lane stripes were coming up and creating a mess on the roadway.

Traffic anchor Monika Samtani tweeted: "Oh no! Line stripes are coming apart I-66 EB at Rt29 Centreville..drivers slowing down big time thru the area @wusa9 #vatraffic @VaDOTNOVA" Monika compared it to that scene in Seinfeld where Kramer paints over the lane markings to make wider, more comfortable lanes. He ends up cause big traffic jams and burning up Newman's postal truck.

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According to VDOT, the temporary markings were put in place on August 15 as part of a temporary lane shift for a bridge rehabilitation project. The lane shift will last three more weeks.

VDOT officials say they are trying to determine what caused the markings to peel from the road. They said they apologize to drivers for the confusion on Monday morning.

Spokeswoman Joan Morris says crews re-stripe all the time. She says VDOT has to figure this out so it doesn't happen again. "Those lanes are there to guide you safely through the area. So if anybody is confused about which lane they should be in -- not good."

While out at the scene on I-66 on Monday afternoon, WUSA 9's Bruce Leshan spotted a "nasty" accident that closed the Inner Loop of the Beltway at the merge with the HOT lanes near Tysons Corner. At least two vehicles were involved in the accident and were being towed away.


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