Northern Ireland’s ‘Game of Thrones’ road painted by mistake

New road markings are seen at Dark Hedges, Bregagh Road, Armoy, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. The iconic tunnel of trees that features as the Kingsroad in the smash-hit television series Game of Thrones has been painted with white line road markings in error by a contractor. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

ARMOY, Northern Ireland (AP) — “Game of Thrones” fans, don’t fret: Cleaners are coming.

Tourists who flock to Northern Ireland to visit the settings for the hit HBO fantasy series were incensed this week to discover that a road maintenance crew had painted a stark white line down the middle of the Dark Hedges, one of the most eagerly anticipated sights.

The country road flanked by gloriously gnarled beech trees provides the otherworldly backdrop of Kingsroad, the central path through the mythical world of Westeros.

Government officials say the paint job was a mistake and will be scrubbed off by Thursday.

The modern markings ruined travelers’ photos but wouldn’t have affected the show, which uses special effects to obscure the road’s paved surface.

In this two photo combo showing the famous Dark Hedges along Bregagh Road, in Armoy, Northern Ireland, with top photo taken June 16, 2014, and the same scene below taken Feb. 10, 2016, but with white lines painted by mistake along the "Kingsroad" from the TV series Game of Thrones. The iconic tunnel of trees that features as the Kingsroad in the smash-hit television series Game of Thrones has been painted with white line road markings in error by a contractor. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
In this two photo combo showing the famous Dark Hedges along Bregagh Road, in Armoy, Northern Ireland, with top photo taken June 16, 2014, and the same scene below taken Feb. 10, 2016, but with white lines painted by mistake along the “Kingsroad” from the TV series Game of Thrones. The iconic tunnel of trees that features as the Kingsroad in the smash-hit television series Game of Thrones has been painted with white line road markings in error by a contractor. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

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