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On-ramp to nowhere

Who's responsible: Virginia Department of Transportation
Number of votes to fix: 5.

Anyone who drives in Northern Virginia knows that navigating the rats' nest of exits, on ramps and HOV lanes that are collectively known as 395 can be a challenge for even the most seasoned Beltway insider. But drivers looking to get from the highway on to Washington Boulevard often find themselves praying for some sort of sign -- preferably a road sign.

"The sign towards Clarendon came down in a storm years ago and has never been fixed, resulting in a lot of people cutting over into the right hand lanes dangerously when they realize they don't want to get back on 395,"griper Chris wrote.

"It's miracle we haven't had more accidents," griper sumigurl added.

Good news for commuters: a sign is on the way.

"Our folks have let me know that getting a permanent sign in place is a priority," Jennifer McCord, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, wrote in an email.

She said the sign structure was damaged in the storm and a temporary sign was placed on the ground while the agency discussed the possibility of building a new set of signs 100 yards back to give drivers a little more lead time.

She said the agency recently decided not to build the new signs and is planning to repair the old structure and install a new sign as soon as possible.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 5, 2010; 5:26 PM ET
Categories:  Unfixed , Virginia  
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