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Started by Alex, April 07, 2009, 01:22:25 PM

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froggie

^ Presuming you're referring to the section of ramp between where D Street comes on and where the ramp splits to 395 and Maine Ave.  And it must've been a long time since you last used it because it's been that way for ~15 years now.  And the reason is simple:  not wide enough where it crosses under L'Enfant to have standard width (12ft) lanes and the minimum 2-ft buffer on each side.


1995hoo

Quote from: froggie on June 02, 2024, 09:00:48 PM^ Presuming you're referring to the section of ramp between where D Street comes on and where the ramp splits to 395 and Maine Ave.  And it must've been a long time since you last used it because it's been that way for ~15 years now.  And the reason is simple:  not wide enough where it crosses under L'Enfant to have standard width (12ft) lanes and the minimum 2-ft buffer on each side.

Don't make assumptions about other people. There haven't been lane markings at all on that ramp for years, but the ramp was de facto two lanes—regardless of the lack of striping, drivers typically formed two lanes. There is now bright new striping (diagonal hatching on both sides) to designate it firmly as but a single lane.
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froggie

Sorry...was trying to get clarification on the specific section you were referring to.

DDOT narrowed that ramp when I was stationed in DC...ca 2008 or 2009 (verified by GMSV).  Sure, it was still used as 2 lanes by many (which speaks volumes about DC drivers), but the 2008-09 restriping they did technically made it too narrow for 2 lanes unless you rode the shoulder and hugged the barrier.



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