If You’re Seeing Double Lines on 195, It’s Ok, You’re Not Drunk
I know I'm not the only one who has been wondering what the heck is going on with the double lines on Route 195 in the New Bedford-Dartmouth area.
No matter which way you look at it, it's very deceiving, and quite frankly, it gives me a bit of anxiety as I try and choose which lines I'm supposed to stay in between.
Here are your choices: you have fat lines and you have skinny lines.
Immediately, my eyes go right to the fat lines, as they are much more prominent, but it looks as though they were laid out by someone who forgot their glasses at home (sorry, just telling it how I see it).
Luckily, I was able to get in contact with a DOT worker who had the answer I was seeking in regards to this whole mess.
The correct lines to drive in between are the skinny lines.
If you look closely enough, you can see that they were professionally painted by a truck or a machine, laid out perfectly straight. As for the other fat lines? Yeah, those are just stickers that are used as temporary markers for when it's time to paint the actual lines.
An aggregator company will come in pick up those stickers and hopefully by then clear up some of the confusion that's been ripping away at my OCD. There is currently no word as to when the markers will be removed, though.
For now, just try to stay between the skinny lines, as in the same lines I've been riding over for the last week unintentionally.
It's not every day that you learn something new about highway marking, but here we are and it only took some doubled up lines to get there.