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Easier Drive at Beltway Ramp

The Upper Marlboro commuter who wrote to me for Sunday's column about congestion on the ramp from the Capital Beltway to southbound Branch Avenue in Prince George's had this to say about the Maryland State Highway Administration's fixes.

Hello Dr. Gridlock:
On Monday, I traveled through the Beltway/Branch Avenue interchange at around 5:30 p.m. and the weekend's modifications to the off ramp seem to have did the trick. Everything was much improved.

There were no delays on either loop of the Beltway and Branch Avenue flowed well even with the new lane drop.
Sidney V. Elam Jr.

The state extended the ramp lanes carrying inner and outer loop traffic so drivers would not have to do a difficult merge on the ramp. For you others who use the ramp, are you also finding the traffic flow better this week?

By Robert Thomson  |  August 12, 2008; 12:57 PM ET
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Your column indicated that the Branch Ave ramp would be re-lined to eliminate the merge by Monday. Happy to note that was indeed the case. Should be smooth sailing since there is ample distance for the merge well after cars are off the ramp.

Posted by: David Shaffer | August 12, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The new traffic pattern on Branch Avenue at the Beltway is a headache for me. I exit right on Linda Lane, so now I have to cross over two right lanes of busy off-ramp traffic (instead of one) in less than .2 mile. I have decided that for safety's sake, I will have to pass up Linda Lane and use the next exit.

Posted by: Margaret Dillon | August 21, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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