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Road tape causing confusion for drivers near 17th Avenue and Pecos Road in Ahwatukee

Posted at 7:01 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 21:01:30-05

AHWATUKEE, AZ — For Operation Safe Roads, we investigate everything from distracted driving to major construction projects. We want you to stay safe as you travel across Arizona.

But sometimes we get an anomaly we just have to look into.

Several viewers pointed out some bizarre lane striping that popped up on the Facebook page "Ahwatukee-411".

We trekked over to the end of the line where Pecos Road rounds north into 17th Avenue behind South Mountain and sure enough, something was amiss.

"I think the workers were drunk!" said Lyndsey.

"Fun way out of a ticket, I was just following the lines," says Kathy.

But Brad's assessment beats them all, "Seems okay if you're playing Mario Kart."

You've got a lot of barriers and pylons in these construction work zones to direct traffic. As far as the lines go, we know that they happened. We just don't know how or why.

I asked ADOT that very question and here's what we learned: This wasn't painted. It was taped.

"Applying permanent paint to the temporary traffic condition would cause scarring to the pavement," said Dustin Krugel, a spokesperson for ADOT.

This is a case of the tape slipping.

The firm constructing the South Mountain Freeway is taking care of re-taping that small stretch on a 15 mph curve to eliminate any confusion. If you see something like this or want us to look into other traffic issues, let us know at: