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Drivers veering into oncoming traffic

Who's responsible: District Department of Transportation
Number of votes to fix: 7

D.C.-area drivers put up with a lot: Jam-packed roads, distracted drivers and bottlenecked highways, but cars swerving into oncoming traffic just to shave a few seconds off the morning commute is a bit much for some in Arlington - even by area standards.

Now that the third lane has re-opened on the Chain Bridge, signs say the center lane is designated for inbound traffic during the morning rush and outbound traffic during the afternoon rush. But morning commuters said Virginia bound drivers are veering into oncoming traffic in the center lane to get ahead of the cars turning right onto Chain Bridge Road from the bridge.

"Usually 5-10 cars are doing this when I pass through in the morning, heading to D.C.," wrote Kathleen Hudson. "It's a safety hazard and the traffic is backing up on Glebe Rd. again."

John Lisle, a D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman, said it is a problem they are aware of.

When Chain Bridge was under construction and there were only two lanes, the department was able to create turn lanes for cars driving in the opposite direction. Now that there are three lanes, there is no longer any room for turn lanes.

Lisle said the department is looking into other ways to make traveling on the bridge easier for reverse commuters. In the meantime, he said, the department has put up additional signs instructing commuters to drive in the appropriate lane.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 20, 2010; 6:21 PM ET
Categories:  The District , Unfixed , Virginia  
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