Right is Not Right: New Traffic Pattern on Southern Park Place an Epic Fail
As pointed out in September 2010, DDOT’s lane reconfiguration of southern Park Place NW has created confusion. Over time, drivers have not become familiar with the lane reconfiguration. As a result there are daily near-accidents and a total disregard for the bike lane. Most audibly, the use of car horns is prevalent as drivers warn those that do not maintain their lanes.
Let’s backup … one-way south-bound traffic starts on Park Place at Rock Creek Church Road. As traffic crosses over Kenyon Street there are three lanes of traffic. The furthest lane to the left is a turn only lane onto east-bound Irving Street. At the Park Place/Irving Street intersection traffic is supposed to merge into two lanes. The middle lane traffic is meant to merge to the left-most lane and the right-most lane merges into the middle lane.
Recent signage (above) located on both sides of the street helps neither lane of traffic because the implied action is not right. The sign says ‘MERGE RIGHT, which makes sense only if ‘Right’ is to be interpreted as Correctly — as in Correctly Merge. Perhaps the sign is warning ‘MERGE (Coming from Your) RIGHT’.
With all kidding aside, the traffic warning sign should read “MERGE LEFT.” Right?Public Safety, Random Observations, traffic, Transportation comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.