- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

STANWOOD, Wash. (AP) - A new zigzag line on Highway 9 near Stanwood was not a mistake by highway maintenance crews.

The Daily Herald reports (https://is.gd/veokgL ) the line was painted on purpose to catch the attention of motorists and warn them that a Centennial Trail crossing is near.

But will anyone know what the 200-foot-long markings in both directions mean, since it’s the first use of zigzags on highways in Washington state?

Transportation spokesman Mike Allende says they’re hoping a unique marking in the middle of the road will wake drivers up and they’ll notice other signs telling them to watch for bikes and pedestrians crossing the road.

He says similar markings are used in Europe and been also been used in Virginia and Hawaii.

Two spots on Highway 20 in Concrete will get the zigzags next.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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