Washington is trying out a European approach to getting drivers attention at a busy crossing path.
According to KIRO TV, the Washington State Department of Transportation recently painted the zig-zagged lanes on a state highway in Arlington, Washington.
WSDOT traffic engineer Mark Bandy said he got the idea from spending part of his youth in Europe. The lines were painted on State Route 9 near a popular walking and cycling path where some neighbors said there have been a few close calls.
“Anything that helps people to get the idea I think is a good idea,” neighbor Bill Jantz said.
Bandy said there wasn’t too much of a safety concern at the crossing, but that location is somewhat of a testing ground for the state.
The zig-zagged lines are going to pop in a few other locations across the state. Two locations have been tapped in Concrete and another is planned in Fall City next year.
The total cost for all of the zig-zagged lines is less than $6,000.