The widen of Interstate 66 in Virginia where a pile-up claimed a life of one person and sent several others to a sanatorium on Saturday is a second-most pile-up disposed widen of a highway, according to a WTOP Traffic Center occurrence database.
The roughly 2 1/2 miles between a Fairfax County Parkway and Route 28 has seen 444 reported crashes nearby or between a dual interchanges on I-66 given a commencement of final year. Of those crashes, 283 were reported to have occurred in a westbound lanes while 161 were eastbound.
Only a area between Nutley Street and a Capital Beltway saw some-more reported incidents with 585 crashes reported in that area in a same time period.
WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine pronounced that not usually are crashes here frequent, a blueprint of a highway means a outcome they have on trade is sizable.
“We mostly design to see during slightest a integrate wrecks per day in a westbound lanes as drivers merging from Fairfax County Parkway wobble with drivers changeable right to exit during Route 28,” Dildine said.
“Jersey walls for a ongoing demonstrate lanes plan are restraint most of a right shoulder on this apportionment of a highway, so when a crashes occur here, they immediately retard lanes. Usually, they occur on a right side.”
In 2016, a Virginia Department of Transportation commissioned line control signs to conduct a upsurge of trade and approach drivers to use a right westbound line over Fairfax County Parkway as an exit-only line onto Route 28 during a morning rush hour. That line control complement was taken detached during a commencement of a 66 Express Lanes project.
WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this report.
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