No Lines on the Highway

PennDOT: Weather, repairs have kept I-81 unlined

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says road work and cold weather have kept workers from painting new lines on a stretch of Interstate 81 in northeastern Pennsylvania, just across the New York border.

WNEP-TV reports motorists have complained about the lack of lines as they drive into Pennsylvania, saying it can be disorienting and confusing. Alaen Forest, of Quebec, says the lines help guide him when he's towing his camper and says, “if it's not marked, it's very difficult for me to travel.”

Another driver, Mike Carr, tells WNEP that there is a stark difference when you cross state lines.

“You do notice once you go across the line to New York and everything’s there,” he said. “There is a big difference.”

PennDOT officials say the stretch of highway in Susquehanna County was under construction last fall and that temporary lines painted on the road didn't survive the winter. Now, well, it's still too cold for paint to properly stick to the pavement.

PennDOT plans to paint new lines once it warms up.

With temps hovering near freezing Wednesday it’s not likely that will happen today.

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