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Recent traffic change (for worse) near Rosslyn
  • I have noticed that, since last Friday (April 26, 2013) traffic on/near Lee Hwy toward Rosslyn is a sudden giant step worse.

    It’s as if every traffic light along or near Lee Hwy from Military Road to Rosslyn has been suddenly unsynchronized.  Until recently, the last light eastbound light I would miss would be Spout Run/Kirkwood, then I could get into Rosslyn. Now I’m handed off from one red light to the next. And based on the volume of cars near me, others seem to be missing the same lights.

    Anyone have any insight, or is it in my head?


    Bluemontsince1961 May 2, 2013 - 12:18 pm #71956 Reply

    I’ve noticed the same pattern in the past month or so further west on Lee Highway, as well as on Wilson Blvd, Washington Blvd, Glebe Rd, and George Mason Drive, and it happens regardless of the what day or time.

    novasteve May 2, 2013 - 12:28 pm #71958 Reply

    It could just be the drivers are more incompetent than normal. Automatic transmissions are becoming even more common.

    Sunshine May 2, 2013 - 12:32 pm #71960 Reply

    Try contacting the county about the problem. I emailed them earlier this year about the light on the Glebe Road bridge over 50 and they did re-time it. It might take them a few weeks but they will get to it. Just go to the county website and look up the traffic signal program. There is a link to email someone named D. Cunningham.

    Bluemontsince1961 May 2, 2013 - 12:35 pm #71961 Reply

    Thanks for the tip, Sunshine.

    CourtLady May 2, 2013 - 12:35 pm #71962 Reply

    Yes!  I’ve noticed this too.  I live on Lee Highway and come in that direction every evening during rush hour.  I never used to stop at red lights, except maybe at Veitch.

    Now I pretty much turn onto Lee at Kirkwood and stop every block.

    We should all take Sunshine’s advice and send a note in.

    –> Novasteve: This is not a gradual dumbing down of traffic. This is a sudden, giant step-change for the worse, seemingly based on the traffic lights.

    –> Sunshine: Thank you. Will do.

    Bluemontsince1961 May 2, 2013 - 12:37 pm #71964 Reply

    @ N.S.   Oh Yankee, puleeeeeeze!

    CourtLady May 2, 2013 - 12:40 pm #71966 Reply
    Captain_Obvious May 2, 2013 - 12:59 pm #71973 Reply

    @N S…I really don’t get the automatic transmission thing.  A manual offers 1 more distraction for a driver.

    novasteve May 2, 2013 - 1:17 pm #71974 Reply

    CO: A manual transmission requires minimal competence. A child could drive an automatic. They could not drive a manual. I literally started an automatic car when I was 2-3 y ears old and drove it down the street. I would not have been able to do that with a manual. It keeps incompetent drivers off the road. Plus since you are occupied shifting, you can’t really fool around with cell phones or do other distracting things because you need to shift. Also it could reduce drunk driving by the drunkest of the drunks for the same reason…. At some point you are so inebriated you wouldn’t be able to drive a manual, but you could an automatic. Meaning the worst of the drunks can still harm people because of automatic transmissions.


    And driving a manual isn’t a distraction. You don’t look at the gear shifter, you aren’t taking your eyes off the road.

    Captain_Obvious May 2, 2013 - 1:22 pm #71975 Reply

    Wow, that’s just so flawed I don’t even know where to begin.  I thought you were gonna have something legit…guess not.

    And driving a manual can be a distraction for the person on their phone or having a cup of coffee…etc.

    I just read that again…reduce drunk driving ?  Really?  No, you didn’t really say that.  Oh, you did.

    novasteve May 2, 2013 - 1:25 pm #71976 Reply

    Yes, it could reduce drunk driving because there’s a point where you are so inebriated that you wouldn’t be able to drive a manual but you could still drive an automatic. Do deny that there are people that drive well above the legal limit? At least a manual transmission would prevent them from doing so if they have lost so much coordination they would stall out and not be able to move. That wouldn’t be the case with an automatic.

    Captain_Obvious May 2, 2013 - 1:39 pm #71977 Reply

    Is this your opinion or do you have actual proof ?  Of course you don’t.

    I hate to admit this, but when I was much younger, I had friends who drove manuals and would drive home drunk…guess what, they made it home every-time without incident.

    novasteve May 2, 2013 - 1:43 pm #71978 Reply

    CO: You’ve obvious never driven a manual before. You do realize it requires coordination, right? An automatic doesn’t require you to depress the clutch and time things. You just put the car in drive and it moves forward. A very drunk person who has lost much coordination will stall a manual whereas they wouldn’t stall an automatic. You can of course drive a manual drunk,, but there are some people who get so drunk, who can barely walk, who have lost a lot of coordination , who still drive home, and if htey had an automatic it would be much easier for them to drive in that situation than if they had a manual.


    perhaps you should try learning how to drive a manual before you make ignorant comments about them?

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