Line maze leaves netizens amused, motorists bamboozled
published : 7 May 2017 at 04:00
newspaper section: News
Netizens were amazed and amused by a photograph of road markings at Bang Phlat junction in Bangkok which has been widely circulated and shared.
From the bird's eye view perspective, the photo showed complicating patched white markings like a maze.
The caption online said "the road marking is like a dress pattern of Kwanruen magazine", a women's magazine that often gives readers do-it-yourself dress patterns.
White road markings are usually supposed to guide the drivers through traffic lanes.
Confused motorists can avoid accidents by following the directions of the markings.
Shortly after the image went viral, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) announced on its Facebook page that it had drawn the lines to guide motorists since April 25.
The new marks were made after some parts of the road at the bowstring areas in Bang Phlat and Fai Chai junctions were temporarily closed down for the construction of the steel structure of the Blue Line mass transit system.
The SRT said the new white markings help to organise traffic in the area while steel piles are being constructed.
Some traffic lanes are now temporarily closed and the SRT recommends which lanes motorist should take.
Motorists from Charan Sanitwong Road would be directed to the right, while those from Sirindhorn Road would have to go towards Tha Phra Road.
However, some social media fans viewed that Bang Phlat junction can be puzzling with so many lines crossing each other -- even though it "may be fun to look at".