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Drivers Say Blurred Lines a Real Hazard on SI Expressway Project

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Staten Island drivers say the state's construction project to improve the borough's main thruway is not only causing them headaches but is down right dangerous. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Native Staten Islander George Doolin drives a bus for the College of Staten Island. He says the construction on the Staten Island Expressway is causing a whole host of problems for drivers.

"Well, unfortunately there should be lines on the road so people can see them because they go from one side to the other. They don't stay in their lane 'cause they don't know where the lane is. It is something that should be addressed," he said.

Doolin is not alone.

"A lot of the line, people are confused where to go. Whether they go to the right, to the left because there are no defined lines. It is very dangerous and there have been a few accidents," said one driver.

The 'exit only' lane for Clove Road ends before drivers reach the exit, forcing many to dart to the left at the last minute or, as NY1's cameras caught, to use the shoulder to exit.

Drivers also say the lack of signage is causing a problem. The westbound side of the expressway splits and if drivers are not in the right two lanes they could end up bypassing their exit.

"Because if you are not paying attention, someone is going to slide into you. It is not necessarily what you are doing. It is the way the lines are pushing you," said one driver.

"I am on the Staten Island Expressway everyday. It gets confusing," said another driver.

"I don't know how anyone out of town can see where they are going because the lanes go into each to each other and they have no idea where the hell they are going. Especially the big tractor trailors. They veer right into you. It is so screwed up," said a third driver.

The state Department of Transportation says there are warning signs in advance of the lane split at Bradley. And representatives say frequent snow and plowing this winter has made the temporary striping wear faster than normal.

The DOT says it's going to be restriping the expressway this week. Whether drivers think that's enough, they'll have to get used to it because the $193 million project isn't expected to fully wrap up until next spring.

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