Originally Posted by Hap
I lived in NoVa for three years and I know exactly where that overpass is located.
For those of you who don't know, I will try to compare it to somewhere in Ohio. Imagine a highway with the same number of lanes (4) as the 270 Beltway in Columbus. Imagine about double the volume of traffic going bumper-to-bumper. Now, factor in the Maryland drivers driving worse that Columbus drivers. They try to change lanes aggressively, but there is no room to do so. Nevertheless, they do it anyway, causing dozens of accidents per day. Factor in the semi trucks which travel on and clog the beltway because it it the only way to get from NC/VA to Maryland and the Eastern Sea Board. And, factor in the entrances and exits being on both sides. Many people try to use the left lane as the fast lane and end up causing major headaches and road rages.
You know, though, I drive the beltway on a daily basis, as well as 270 (artery leading to the Maryland suburbs out of D.C.) and I honestly don't see too many accidents. People driving erratically? Yep. Too fast? Yep. Not paying attention? Yep. but, considering all that, amazingly few accidents. I think I witnessed more accidents on I-270 in Columbus than I have on the Capital Beltway.