DRIVERS were left puzzled by a mysterious yellow line that appeared across a major US highway.
It has caused widespread confusion and raised concerns that it could pose a danger to motorists on the road.
The mysterious line runs 20 miles from Jacksonville to St. Augustine, Florida.
The marking crosses the lane several times and changes its width, causing concern among authorities and motorists.
The yellow line confused Mario Dearmas.
“It’s going to take a while for them to fix the problem,” he said.
Driver Richard Albandy described the marking as a “danger” that could lead to an accident.
“It’s a yellow line with a yellow line on the other side,” he told Jacksonville news station WJXT.
He was primarily concerned with people who don’t come from the area.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is investigating how the marker ended up on the highway.
“I don’t think anyone has taken responsibility for this yet,” said FDOT Community Outreach Manager Hampton Ray.
“But we will work with everyone to make sure that is identified.”
The agency is warning drivers to be careful, especially those with autonomous driving assistance technology in their cars.
FDOT has asked drivers to disable the feature while driving on I-95 to avoid system malfunctions that could result in serious injuries.
Self-driving assistance technology is still in its infancy and bugs are constantly being fixed.
According to the law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick, vehicle manufacturers reported 400 accidents to NHTSA in 2022 involving cars with partially automated driver assistance systems.
Because driver assistance technology is still so new, the dangerous yellow line on the highway could confuse the system.
Currently, FDOT is working on a cleanup strategy as quickly as possible.
Ray said that while their plan is comprehensive, it will be difficult to completely remove the paint.
“We’re going to do an operation where we’re going to take a street sweeper with a wire brush and do our best to remove some of the yellow paint from the roadway,” he said.
“We do not expect this to be the final solution.”
Until the person responsible is found, FDOT officials are unsure how much the paint removal will cost and who will foot the bill.
The US Sun contacted the Florida Department of Transportation for comment.