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1995hoo:
I don't have any pictures yet because I've only seen the new Outer Loop signs for I-66 late this past Saturday night and I didn't have a good chance to get any pictures, but I noted an oddity on the signage that I'm sure is going to confuse some people. Notice the BGS shown below. This sign is on the Inner Loop. The exit to which this sign points splits into two ramps—one to eastbound I-66 inside the Beltway and one to the westbound I-66 express lanes outside the Beltway.

What is weird is the signs on the Outer Loop. The exit ramps from the Beltway—both the general-purpose lanes and the HO/T lanes—to westbound I-66 split after the exit in order to connect to both the I-66 general-purpose lanes and the I-66 express lanes. The BGSs on the Outer Loop therefore have two I-66 shields, both bearing the cardinal direction "WEST," directly next to each other, and the shield on the right has the words "express lanes" next to it as seen in the photo below. In other words:

WEST          WEST         EXPRESS
[66 shield]    [66 shield]  LANES

(and then it lists destinations underneath, presumably Manassas and Front Royal but I wasn't paying attention)  —So in the picture below, imagine if the exit were still in the old configuration and they simply had the ramp heading west split to serve both sets of lanes. Visualize another "WEST I-66" shield to the left of the one you see on that sign. That's what you see on the Outer Loop, though without the "TOLL" banner and without the part of the sign relating to eastbound I-66.

I understand what they're doing with the sign and why they did it that way, but having two identical "WEST I-66" shields right next to each other is rather strange. I found myself wondering if it would make more sense to use a yellow or purple "EXPRESS" banner above the shield for the express lanes.

74/171FAN:
When I drove through here on October 30th, I was shocked to see so many VA 243 signs on the Inner Loop.  I think there are more VA 243 signs on I-495 than on VA 243 itself. 

1995hoo:

--- Quote from: 74/171FAN on December 06, 2022, 09:01:18 AM ---When I drove through here on October 30th, I was shocked to see so many VA 243 signs on the Inner Loop.  I think there are more VA 243 signs on I-495 than on VA 243 itself. 

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I'm sure the intent is to warn people heading for Nutley Street—and, relatedly, the Vienna Metro station—not to take the I-66 HO/T lanes.

Steve D:

--- Quote from: 1995hoo on December 06, 2022, 08:52:05 AM ---I don't have any pictures yet because I've only seen the new Outer Loop signs for I-66 late this past Saturday night and I didn't have a good chance to get any pictures, but I noted an oddity on the signage that I'm sure is going to confuse some people. Notice the BGS shown below. This sign is on the Inner Loop. The exit to which this sign points splits into two ramps—one to eastbound I-66 inside the Beltway and one to the westbound I-66 express lanes outside the Beltway.

What is weird is the signs on the Outer Loop. The exit ramps from the Beltway—both the general-purpose lanes and the HO/T lanes—to westbound I-66 split after the exit in order to connect to both the I-66 general-purpose lanes and the I-66 express lanes. The BGSs on the Outer Loop therefore have two I-66 shields, both bearing the cardinal direction "WEST," directly next to each other, and the shield on the right has the words "express lanes" next to it as seen in the photo below. In other words:

WEST          WEST         EXPRESS
[66 shield]    [66 shield]  LANES

(and then it lists destinations underneath, presumably Manassas and Front Royal but I wasn't paying attention)  —So in the picture below, imagine if the exit were still in the old configuration and they simply had the ramp heading west split to serve both sets of lanes. Visualize another "WEST I-66" shield to the left of the one you see on that sign. That's what you see on the Outer Loop, though without the "TOLL" banner and without the part of the sign relating to eastbound I-66.

I understand what they're doing with the sign and why they did it that way, but having two identical "WEST I-66" shields right next to each other is rather strange. I found myself wondering if it would make more sense to use a yellow or purple "EXPRESS" banner above the shield for the express lanes.



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All of these signs were (or are) depicted on the plans/maps on the project's website.

1995hoo:

--- Quote from: Steve D on December 07, 2022, 01:08:57 PM ---All of these signs were (or are) depicted on the plans/maps on the project's website.

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Do you have a link to where they may be found? It would make it easier to explain what I'm referring to as looking weird.

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