Thursday, March 17, 2011

Driving in DC #7

Time to go back to some regular posting for a bit: this one features the intersection of M Street and Connecticut Avenue, Northwest:

If you're new here, on this blog I sometimes try to document just how head-shakingly bad some of the areas are driving around in Washington, DC.  The topics have covered signage, absurd merge lanes, the ridiculous streets, and everything in between.  If you click on the "driving in dc" tag at the bottom of this post, you'll get all of them.

In the case of M & Connecticut, it's one of the prime examples of where the diagonal street intersections have gone laughably wrong.  It's an impenetrable morass of roads and cross traffic:

This is where M Street, Connecticut Avenue, 18th Street, and Rhode Island Avenue all converge.  I had to laugh out loud the first time I saw the traffic light in the middle of the lane.

Even with Google Maps and Street View, I can't get a good angle that accurately encompasses the acres and acres that this intersection takes up.  But you can click and scroll around to see it all.

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For one more grin, here's the view of the intersection as you're approaching it from Rhode Island.  I don't get it.

Lastly, here's a shot from 18th street, looking back.  The traffic flow describes this pretty well.

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Pictures just don't quite do this one justice.  You have to see it for yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Everyone knows not to drive on Connecticut from Dupont to Farragut Square. All I had to do was learn the hard way once during rush hour. M St. is fine through there though.