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--- Quote from: davewiecking on September 21, 2023, 10:30:00 AM ---
--- Quote from: 1995hoo on September 20, 2023, 08:57:10 PM ---Channel 4 had a report about the issue tonight, although their graphics department personnel apparently think the Federal Housing Administration has some sort of authority over road signs:

Edited to add: Dave Dildine contributes to that report, for those of you who'd like to put a face to the name.

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Also amusing that the map Ch4 showed at the beginning shows a third numbering method (I-695 WB continuing west of the merge).

I’m sure part of DC’s reluctance is because they had just finished hanging new signs when the announcement was made the numbering was going to change.

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It looks like they probably copied the shield location from Google Maps, which has an I-695 shield on the eastbound Southwest—Southeast Freeway almost immediately after I-395 splits off to the right down the ramp to the tunnel. Hopefully this map link is zoomed enough to show it.

This whole issue is really frustrating.

DDOT will eventually change the numbering on the signs.  Good.

Another improvement adding Baltimore and Anacostia as control cities to the sign on the left.  395 to 295/295.  While I wouldn't route traffic from Fairfax County to Baltimore through here, traffic already in DC should certainly use this roadway and seeing a city as far away as Baltimore will guide most of the traffic that this is the thru route.

And the left lanes should no longer be marked as the exit 5.

At the 295/295 split, the signage should read

295 to 495 95             295 to 50
Anacostia                    Baltimore
Alexandria                   Annapolis


--- Quote from: 1995hoo on September 20, 2023, 04:41:18 PM ---I take inbound I-395 (into the tunnel) fairly frequently as the most direct route to Union Station, but I don't pay much attention to the signs because I know which lane I need to be in at any given point.

WTOP has been crusading against the I-695 number ever since it was posted because their now-retired traffic reporter Bob Marbourg decided the number was too confusing given its use on the Baltimore Beltway.

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Only Marbourg could call the Baltimore Beltway "the real 695".  I miss him and his helpful, helpfully toned advice.  I also miss Sam Clover on Philly's KYW and Robin Bryson on Wilmington's WDEL (but those are topics for other AARoads boards).  Enjoy your retirements, fellas.

Another pedestrian bridge struck over Kenilworth Ave. Driver apparently didn’t stop…

The Ghostbuster:
Is there any way to increase the vertical clearance of pedestrian and vehicle overpasses (and vehicle underpasses) along DC 295 without excessive condemning of nearby properties?


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