Petworth Road Test

Say you are driving north on Warder Street, which becomes 7th Street. You are coming up to the intersection with Shepherd and New Hampshire. You see this big arrow in the road:

What might you think the proper course of action to be?

  1. Make a right turn onto Shepherd
  2. Drive forward, and not turn right
  3. Turn right onto New Hampshire, not Shepherd

If you answered #3, you would be right, as Shepherd is a one-way going to the left, but you wouldn’t know that with the big-ass arrow in the road.

I sure didn’t and almost went the wrong way down Shepherd when driving in my own hood. Gee thanks for the confusing arrow, DC DOT!

4 Comments so far

  1. Paulo (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 10:20 am

    Judging from where the arrow specifically points I would turn sharply on to the sidewalk and go on to leave tracks in the grass at far right. Which is probably why I don’t have a license.

  2. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    Immediately after looking at the picture, I could tell that it is in reference to making a right turn onto New Hampshire. One clue is that New Hampshire is a major thoroughfare whereas Shepherd is not; so why would a dedicated turn lane be given to the latter over the former?

  3. Invisible Sun (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    The turn symbol does more to confuse than clarify. I wonder how one can look up accident statistics for this intersection, and compare the ones before and after the turn symbol was painted.

  4. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    I do have to say that this whole “grid layout with lots of diagonal state avenues criss-crossing it” design is messed up. Especially northeast of GA Ave, there are some treacherous intersections like this (but with no stop light).

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