MOTORISTS travelling on the reopened Aberline Road in north Warrnambool have been left bewildered by confusing white line markings.
The centre line of a newly-laid, 400-metre bitumen strip adjoining the gravel section was out of alignment, forcing drivers to veer sharply left to avoid colliding with oncoming traffic.
Warrnambool City Council yesterday admitted the blooper and promised to have it rectified in a few days.
“We apologise for this situation,” council communications manager Nick Higgins said. “Council plans to repaint the lines this week.
“The speed limit along this section of Aberline Road will be maintained at 40km/h.”
Local resident John Gibbons said he feared a serious crash because drivers in both directions found themselves in the path of oncoming vehicles where the gravel section joined the bitumen.
“All you need is for one driver not concentrating and you have a smash,” Mr Gibbons said. “Whose fault would it be then?
“The whole section should be sealed as soon as possible.”
The error came about when a parking area was painted on the west side of the new bitumen, causing the traffic lanes to be moved eastward, misaligning with the gravel road.