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Missing Stop Sign Causes Hazard In Courthouse

by ARLnow.com December 9, 2010 at 10:07 am 2,266 30 Comments

Update at 12:35 p.m. — Another stop sign has been installed.

There is a stop sign missing on the on-ramp from Courthouse Road to eastbound Route 50, causing a serious traffic hazard.

Police are currently on scene directing traffic, according to police radio transmissions. Before police arrived, cars were heading straight through the T intersection, where Courthouse Road traffic heading onto Route 50 normally yields to eastbound Route 50 traffic exiting onto the ramp.

No word on how the stop sign went missing or whether it caused any accidents. A new stop sign is expected to be installed shortly.

  • SoArlRes

    Let me guess… It’s somehow South Arlington’s fault…

    • ClarendonKing

      Nope, I bet it’s a Marylander.

  • CC911va

    Tuesday night when I left work at 7 I saw it laying in the middle of the road.

  • imissTX

    I use that entrance to 50 all the time. I think it should be pretty self-explanatory that cars entering the freeway at that point should yield to cars exiting.

    • SARL

      totally agree, it should be self explanatory

      • Ex-CPLACE

        Traffic signs are to protect those who can deduce the obvious from those who can’t.

    • mehoo

      This is a very confusing intersection already. And apparently the sign is the one that controls traffic coming OFF the highway, not onto it – where traffic crosses in a very unusual way. It’s so easy to sit at a desk and say other people are stupid, especially when you don’t even know for sure which sign is missing.

      • Greg

        Correct me if I’m wrong but there is no stop sign for Eastbound traffic coming off of 50 onto Courthouse. The stop sign is for cars coming down the hill from Courthouse onto 50 East.

        But I do agree that this is a confusing intersection and that lack of a stop sign is a big hazard. I’ve seen numerous near accidents there, even with the sign.

        • imissTX

          It’s a bad intersection because if you stop behind the stop sign you can’t tell if people are exiting or not. You have to pull in front of it to be able to see, which gets in the way of people exiting. Very stupid design.

        • AllenB

          You are correct.

      • imissTX

        No… you are not correct. There is no stop sign for people exiting 50 onto courthouse. The stop sign is for people wanting to enter because they need to first make sure there is no one exiting right then.

        • mehoo

          The fact that it’s not clear where this sign is supposed to be makes my point.

          This is one of the strangest intersections anywhere. It’s not intuitive. A missing sign can easily be a major hazard.

      • SARL

        mehoo, sorry to break it to you, you are wrong. Get off your high horse before accusing other well-informed/aware people of being mean and judgmental.

        • SARL

          (the sign placement is clear to anyone familiar with that intersection, and/or rational enough to figure out that it would only be the only possible location (versus a stop sign for exiting a highway, wtf?!))

          • mehoo

            Get off YOUR high horse. If it were this easy, we wouldn’t have any traffic signs. This is a very confusing intersection. What’s next, bashing people for using clocks when it’s obvious what time it is from looking at the sun?

  • charlie

    Notice that the YIELD sign on the NORTHside of the bridge is okay. County never properly funds infrastructure on the SOUTHside.

    Oh wait, this is also a stimulus project, so I bet Obama is at fault.

    But seriously, if you use this intersection, don’t you already know how it works. Oh right, most people don’t.

    Tongue now back in center of mouth.

  • BFP

    Having lived in the neighborhood for 10 years, I can attest that people do NOT know how this intersection works. One of the more common problems is that people will erroneously make a RIGHT at the top of the ramp so that they are heading into oncoming traffic thus scaring the living daylights out of anyone trying to exit onto Courthouse Rd.

    The other frequent occurrence is that because you have to look behind you to see if traffic is clear in order to merge, people move forward on the ramp without checking to see if the car in front of them has proceeded. I’ve seen many fender benders happen as a result.

    And those two issues don’t even get into the crazy things people do on Courthouse Rd trying to decide which ramp they need to take.

    This whole interchange is a disaster and cannot be fixed soon enough.

    • jan

      I agree

  • Greg

    “One of the more common problems is that people will erroneously make a RIGHT at the top of the ramp so that they are heading into oncoming traffic thus scaring the living daylights out of anyone trying to exit onto Courthouse Rd.

    And those two issues don’t even get into the crazy things people do on Courthouse Rd trying to decide which ramp they need to take.”

    These are probably related. People have taken the right further up 50 thinking that puts them on 50 West. They don’t realize the mistake when they get to 50 and naturally think another right turn is the way to go. Well, the second right will have them going west on 50 alright… just heading directly into oncoming eastbound traffic.

  • NJmetsfan

    People don’t know how to drive. Turning onto an intersection and left turns are dangerous.

  • Sunny617

    I hope everyone remembers this comment string the next time someone complains about the construction going on below on WB 50. I assume the upcoming construction at this intersection is going to be painful traffic-wise, but hopefully whatever rearranging they’re planning with these exits will result in a much safer, more logical, and more convenient series of interchanges on 50 at Courthouse Rd. and 10th St.

  • rft

    It’s been said already, but the courthouse/50 intersection is all sorts of fucked up; whoever designed it should be shot.

    • mehoo

      It was probably a compromise based on limited funds. Taxes are socialism after all.

      • imissTX

        Stop filling the comment sections with useless political garbage. It amazes me how so many people from the DC Metro area can always manage to turn anything into a political discussion. So annoying…

        • mehoo

          No. It was a legitimate response.

          • Andrew

            The compromise part was legit…the taxes are socialism part was useless political garbage.

          • mehoo

            The socialism part was a response to someone on an earlier comment on another news item who actually said a gas tax increase is “socialism.”

  • JP

    The sign was missing yesterday at around 9 am. But everyone was coming to a stop anyways since there was already an accident on the ramp.

  • Katie

    I avoid that dangerous spot. If you are coming from 50 to Courthouse, that first turn is your first challenge. Then merging onto Courthouse is bad news with traffic going both directions.

    Getting on to 50 from there requires a flexible neck and no blind spot.

    I take Pershing.

  • Chaz

    I bet someone from Advanced Towing stole it

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