Is the GW a target for aliens?

Alien Death-Ray targets?So lo and behold, due to a new job, I find myself stuck in the morning traffic along the George Washington Parkway southbound on a regular basis, and while crossing the last Spout Run overpass before diving down below the Key Bridge, I find the odd plastic bag material “X”‘s in the grass on the left and pass the bridge, on the right.

I’m not sure if they are a prank or something else more menacing, or just a clever way of testing Google Maps resolution. Maybe it’s an art project, or where the not to target the space based lasers, maybe an odd group game of tic-tac-toe, or maybe just something clever to see how long it takes somebody to blog about it? Suffice it to say, I ask you, loyal Metblog reader, to fancy an opinion as to what these crosses may be.

3 Comments so far

  1. RJ (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    Those are used for aerial photography. I believe they are used for orientation and help measure distances.

  2. Hy Hy (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 9:38 am

    Or, along similar lines, perhaps they’re starting to enforce speed limits by airplane over that stretch and haven’t been able to paint distance markers (used to calculate a car’s speed), so this is a quick fix for the time being.

  3. David (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 11:18 am

    Yes.. but why there? The one side is almost covered by foliage overhead?

    And I never see traffic moving faster than a snails pace at Spout Run, so the speed trapidea is a bit far fetched.

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