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Updated: This lane, no this lane!

In our efforts to keep the fixes flowing, we will begin checking on some earlier gripes to see what progress has been made on them. Our first update is a fresh look at the very first gripe we reported on.

First, to give credit where credit is due, the issue was first raised by Jacqueline Dupree of JDLand, who posted the pictures on her own site. We apologize for the oversight.

John Lisle, the D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman, recently said that the agency is still trying to figure out the best way to fix the signs and hopefully address some other safety issues in the tunnel at the same time. Lisle said that fixing the sign would require blocking at least two lanes of freeway traffic, so they would like to try to fix both problems at the same time in order to minimize disruptions -- something regular commuters will hopefully appreciate.


Who's responsible: D.C. Department of Transportation

The sign on the Southwest Freeway is crystal clear: If you want to take Exit 6 to the U.S. Capitol get in the second lane from the left. There's only one little problem: If you actually want to take this exit you need to be in the second lane from the RIGHT and you need to get there fast.

It's only about a quarter-mile from the first sign to a second, which properly tells drivers to get to the right side of the road. So in a very short stretch of an often very crowded highway, drivers are directed to move to the left and then to the right. That's a heckuva flip-flop, even for a road that takes you to Congress. What's even more mystifying is that the first sign used to be in the right spot before the bridge it's attached to was replaced in 2006.

DDOT spokesman John Lisle said they're reviewing the sign as part of safety improvements. At first glance, he said, the solution could be as easy as moving the arrow on the sign, but the agency is considering other options, including removing the arrow. No time frame on when a fix will be coming.


By Washington Post Editors  |  August 12, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  Unfixed  
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Dear Washington Post,

If your bloggers and editors are going to be using other people's photos for blog posts and such, it'd be nice if you'd reference where you get the photos from. Like this photo, for instance:

Also, with the photo author in question, a little further digging would find his mention of two ideas on how DDOT could fix the signs in question, which I had provided to him:


Posted by: ajfroggie | June 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

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