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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #925 on: April 04, 2019, 01:21:33 PM »

The District has an effort underway to clean up erroneous and confusing signs and they’re asking people to tweet them in using hashtag #GoodSignDC through April 15. I’ve sent in the two below but will refrain from sending in some of our remaining favorites like the I-95 sign under the L’Enfant Promenade.



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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #926 on: April 25, 2019, 08:15:02 PM »

Major changes to K Street downtown coming:

https://wtop.com/dc/2019/04/dcs-mayor-wants-big-changes-on-k-street/slide/1/

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The biggest change would be the creation of a dedicated bus way in the middle of the road. Taking the two existing far left lanes right down the middle, the bus lanes would allow buses to move down K Street between 12th and Washington Circle without the constraints the current turn lanes impose.
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« Reply #927 on: April 25, 2019, 10:51:04 PM »

Seems like a solid plan. If it proves popular, they might even make the case for an extension of the streetcar! The current layout of K Street continues to confuse me. I'm sure I've made more than a few illegal turns in my time. Something to simplify things would be nice.

Knowing DC drivers, my two questions are as follows:

1) how will they stop drivers from driving down the busway?
2) how will they stop drivers from turning left against a red arrow? Assuming the buses go with through traffic.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #928 on: May 18, 2019, 12:23:27 PM »

How about reinstalling US route trailblazers so people know where the three US routes run.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #929 on: May 18, 2019, 05:21:49 PM »

How about reinstalling US route trailblazers so people know where the three US routes run.
Not always sure even DC knows where they run!

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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #930 on: May 18, 2019, 05:59:52 PM »

How about reinstalling US route trailblazers so people know where the three US routes run.
Not always sure even DC knows where they run!

They probably don’t:

Northbound on New Hampshire Avenue NW in DC between 20 Street and Dupont Circle. This isn't on Street View yet. Picture taken this afternoon.


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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #931 on: May 18, 2019, 06:00:52 PM »

29 is properly signed (and newer signs than what Hoo just posted).  Though signs for the southbound turn from 7th to Rhode Island can be confusing due to the proximity of R Street.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #932 on: July 17, 2019, 11:25:38 PM »

29 is properly signed (and newer signs than what Hoo just posted).  Though signs for the southbound turn from 7th to Rhode Island can be confusing due to the proximity of R Street.
The sign denying the left turn from eastbound Rhode Island to northbound 7th Street, N.W. has disappeared for some reason.

There's no signage at all on eastbound Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. telling drivers when to make a left to follow U.S. 29  north toward Maryland.  When the left from Rhode Island eastbound to northbound 7th was denied by sign, then I presume the intent was to make a left onto 6th Street, N.W. to another left to Florida Avenue, N.W. westbound to a right onto 7th Street N.W.  (but I doubt that this part of Florida Avenue has capacity for such traffic).
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #933 on: July 18, 2019, 02:35:39 AM »

There's no signage at all on eastbound Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. telling drivers when to make a left to follow U.S. 29  north toward Maryland.  When the left from Rhode Island eastbound to northbound 7th was denied by sign, then I presume the intent was to make a left onto 6th Street, N.W. to another left to Florida Avenue, N.W. westbound to a right onto 7th Street N.W.  (but I doubt that this part of Florida Avenue has capacity for such traffic).

Has this sign been removed (just a block away at 6 St NW)? It does say to turn left at 6 St, and there is another sign at Florida Ave telling drivers to turn left, again. Annoyingly, there is no final sign when you get back to 7 St.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #934 on: July 18, 2019, 06:50:50 AM »

^ That's a relatively newer sign, too, on eastbound R.I. at 6th.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #935 on: July 19, 2019, 03:26:58 PM »

There's no signage at all on eastbound Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. telling drivers when to make a left to follow U.S. 29  north toward Maryland.  When the left from Rhode Island eastbound to northbound 7th was denied by sign, then I presume the intent was to make a left onto 6th Street, N.W. to another left to Florida Avenue, N.W. westbound to a right onto 7th Street N.W.  (but I doubt that this part of Florida Avenue has capacity for such traffic).

Has this sign been removed (just a block away at 6 St NW)? It does say to turn left at 6 St, and there is another sign at Florida Ave telling drivers to turn left, again. Annoyingly, there is no final sign when you get back to 7 St.

I did not look for those but will the next time I am by there. 

There is a similar (in appearance and vintage) sign on westbound Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. at 11th Street telling drivers that want to follow U.S. 29 south to make a left there.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #936 on: July 19, 2019, 05:50:32 PM »

What do you guys know about the DC-295 Anacostia Freeway?
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #937 on: July 19, 2019, 06:44:04 PM »

What do you guys know about the DC-295 Anacostia Freeway?
It's a road. What's the question?

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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #938 on: July 20, 2019, 12:57:45 AM »

There's no signage at all on eastbound Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. telling drivers when to make a left to follow U.S. 29  north toward Maryland.  When the left from Rhode Island eastbound to northbound 7th was denied by sign, then I presume the intent was to make a left onto 6th Street, N.W. to another left to Florida Avenue, N.W. westbound to a right onto 7th Street N.W.  (but I doubt that this part of Florida Avenue has capacity for such traffic).

Has this sign been removed (just a block away at 6 St NW)? It does say to turn left at 6 St, and there is another sign at Florida Ave telling drivers to turn left, again. Annoyingly, there is no final sign when you get back to 7 St.
Odd that US 29 has even a shield there.  US 1 has hardly any left and none at that particular intersection being US 1 replaces US 29 after it turns there.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #939 on: July 20, 2019, 09:59:33 AM »

What do you guys know about the DC-295 Anacostia Freeway?

An odd question.

It's a stretch of a freeway between Anacostia and NY Ave. South of Anacostia, the freeway is I-295, north of NY Ave, it's the BW Parkway.

If you travel from Oxon Hill to Baltimore, you travel on all three "routes" (I-295, DC-295, and BW Parkway) without exiting once.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #940 on: July 20, 2019, 10:08:24 AM »

Speaking of 295, I guess the provisional 40 MPH speed limit is throwing people off: https://wtop.com/dc-transit/2019/07/drivers-still-taken-aback-by-lower-speed-limit-on-i-295/

Slated to be 40 MPH through 2021. Is that a record low for a signed Interstate speed limit?

Ironically, I doubt if I ever get above 40 MPH even in the absence of construction zones. That's a tough road to drive.
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« Reply #941 on: July 20, 2019, 10:49:35 AM »

^ No, there are occasional lower limits.  For example, I-264 in Norfolk through the Downtown Tunnel and across the Berkeley Bridge is 35 MPH.
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« Reply #942 on: July 20, 2019, 11:19:11 AM »

I-295 in Bellmawr, NJ had a 35 mph for the longest time approaching NJ 42- I-76.  That was not even an advisory speed either it was posted right after the SB roadway exits itself to loop around to cross under the dangerously dark long underpass under the ultra wide N-S Freeway.

The new construction project there should eliminate that one whenever they get it done.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #943 on: July 20, 2019, 12:41:17 PM »

40 mph is not unprecedented for interstates.  I'm pretty sure I-395 and I-695 in DC were already there (with 35 on part of I-395).  I-490 through downtown Rochester is also 40.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #944 on: July 20, 2019, 05:56:10 PM »

40 mph is not unprecedented for interstates.  I'm pretty sure I-395 and I-695 in DC were already there (with 35 on part of I-395).  I-490 through downtown Rochester is also 40.

There’s definitely a 35-mph segment on I-395 northbound heading down to the Third Street Tunnel. I-695 is mostly posted at 45 now, BTW. Either Mayor Gray or Mayor Bowser ordered it increased to 45. Some members of the DC Council weren’t happy about that.

I think, but I’m not positive, there either is or used to be a 40-mph section of I-68 through Cumberland.
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« Reply #945 on: July 20, 2019, 06:42:09 PM »

40 mph is not unprecedented for interstates.  I'm pretty sure I-395 and I-695 in DC were already there (with 35 on part of I-395).  I-490 through downtown Rochester is also 40.

There’s definitely a 35-mph segment on I-395 northbound heading down to the Third Street Tunnel. I-695 is mostly posted at 45 now, BTW. Either Mayor Gray or Mayor Bowser ordered it increased to 45. Some members of the DC Council weren’t happy about that.

I think, but I’m not positive, there either is or used to be a 40-mph section of I-68 through Cumberland.
Yes, the section through Cumberland is 40. As it needs to be given the poor design.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #946 on: July 20, 2019, 10:14:02 PM »

40 mph is not unprecedented for interstates.  I'm pretty sure I-395 and I-695 in DC were already there (with 35 on part of I-395).  I-490 through downtown Rochester is also 40.
There’s definitely a 35-mph segment on I-395 northbound heading down to the Third Street Tunnel.

That would be the ramps between the Southwest/Southeast Freeway and Center Leg Freeway.

Granted it carries I-395 thru the interchange, and originally carried I-95, but those are technically ramps and not mainline.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #947 on: July 21, 2019, 08:44:17 PM »

40 mph is not unprecedented for interstates.  I'm pretty sure I-395 and I-695 in DC were already there (with 35 on part of I-395).  I-490 through downtown Rochester is also 40.
There’s definitely a 35-mph segment on I-395 northbound heading down to the Third Street Tunnel.

That would be the ramps between the Southwest/Southeast Freeway and Center Leg Freeway.

Granted it carries I-395 thru the interchange, and originally carried I-95, but those are technically ramps and not mainline.
It was 35 through the tunnel too when I last drove on it.
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Re: District of Columbia
« Reply #948 on: July 22, 2019, 08:18:39 AM »

Work zone speed limit, assuming you've driven it in the past 2 years.  It's normally 45 through the 3rd Street Tunnel.
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« Reply #949 on: July 22, 2019, 09:37:12 AM »

Work zone speed limit, assuming you've driven it in the past 2 years.  It's normally 45 through the 3rd Street Tunnel.

Even then, it is not a thru highway, but ends less than a mile north of there.
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