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Dueling 'yield' signs on ramps

During my regular Monday chat, a traveler asked about a confusing situation on ramps approaching the outer loop of the Capital Beltway in Maryland.

Q. The ramps that connect the Clara Barton Parkway to the outer loop of the Beltway join together before the Legion Bridge. Each ramp from the eastbound (inbound to D.C.) and westbound directions comes together with the other ramp, and both have Yield signs since the ramps were rebuilt last year. Who should yield to whom?

DG: David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, got back to me very quickly on that question. He said traffic engineers are aware of this situation and are going to have one of the yield signs removed.

It wasn't the intent to have dueling yield signs, Buck said. The intention is to have eastbound traffic from the Clara Barton Parkway yield to traffic coming from the westbound parkway. But if you encounter such conflicting signs, please just use caution and common sense.

Merging is one of the most difficult things that drivers have to do. Don't drive so you can say you were right after a crash. Drive to avoid the crash.

By Robert Thomson  | October 4, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Driving, Highways, Maryland  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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