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Morning Problem for I-395 HOV?

Virginia carpoolers, do you share the concern of this commuter about heavy morning traffic conditions in recent months?

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Every day for the last few months HOV lanes are slowing to a crawl as early as Alexandria. This seems to all be caused by whatever traffic control is going on at the Pentagon.

It backs traffic up for miles. What is the point of HOV if your lanes become as congested, or more, as the regular lanes? The Pentagon needs to get its act together whether it is the security precautions (doubtful) or the officers directing traffic. It's just nuts.
Carla Anderson
Lake Ridge

By Robert Thomson  |  March 4, 2009; 10:01 AM ET
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I think it may be the buses heading into the Pentagon transit station. The bottom of the ramp has a four-way stop, and lots of cross traffic before the bus can make the left turn into the road leading to the bus platform. I don't think a traffic cop would help - the buses would still need to be stopped on the ramp occasionally to let the cross traffic through. What is really needed is a re-design of the exit, but even if there was money for this, until it was completed, the cure would be worse than the disease.

Posted by: jcflack1 | March 4, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I think there should be a traffic control officer at the end of that on-ramp. It is always backed up because of the busses, cross traffic from the Pentagon and the I-395 south ramp. It has such an effect on HOV traffic.

Posted by: scooter1994 | March 5, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

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