Lane marking mess on I-66 eastbound near Centreville, Va.

Lane marking mess on I-66 eastbound near Centreville, Va.

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CENTREVILLE, Va. -

It was commuter confusion out on Interstate 66 Monday morning. Drivers heading eastbound towards Washington D.C. wound up seeing their traffic lanes suddenly turn into a mess. Lane stripes somehow pulled away from the road surface and created a mess of tangled tape and lanes that didn't make sense.

We were with the work crews Monday afternoon as they were trying to make this right. But the Virginia Department of Transportation says they will be back out on the road Monday night to finish the job.

VDOT officials say they are still trying to pin down exactly how the lane tape came off the road.

The highway lanes over Centreville on I-66 that were supposed to be straight were as crooked as a country road. Industrial strength highway lane tape on the eastbound lanes just before the Route 29 exit became unstuck from the road. It resulted in curved and zigzagged lanes everywhere.

FOX 5 was there as work crews tried to fix the mess. But then, driver Robert Kim showed up. He was unable to continue driving his vehicle because some of that lane tape that was left on the road wound up getting wrapped up around his wheels. Crews had to free Kim's tires from the tape before he could get moving.

"We created quite a nightmare for commuters and we apologize for that,” said VDOT spokesperson Joan Morris.

VDOT officials don't have an answer about what happened yet, but they are looking to see if the lane tape was installed properly.

“When we have a bad snowstorm, it's to be expected that tape can get torn up and messy looking, but we've never seen anything like that,” said Morris.

Some workers at the scene told us that in order to make a tight seal, a glue has to go on the road to work with the glue on the tape to make it stick. If either one is missing, it can come undone.

FOX 5 started receiving calls about the problem late last week, but VDOT says it only learned of the problem Monday morning.

Traffic delays did slow the morning commute, but it's another reminder to keep your eyes on the road.

The taping was put down originally as part of a bridge rehab at the Route 29 overpass.

Crews will be back out to repair the lines between 7 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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