After consecutive days of getting cut off around exit 47 on the Capital Beltway, I am a tad bit peeved. So, although this is a little off the normal path, can someone please tell me why folks drive like they do at the I-66/I-495 intersection in NoVA?
Background: Before I-66 was built inside the DC beltway, but after I-66 was being built and heading west, you got into DC by driving 66 to 495, then taking either Va-50 or the GW parkway into DC. If you were coming home on Va. 50, you had to merge onto 495 and within a mile cut over four lanes of traffic to get the exit onto I-66 at Exit 49 (which was on the left hand side of the road).
After I-66 was completed inside the beltway, there were new access points on I-66. Now, as you approach the intersection of 66/495 coming from Va. 50 and points south, you will find three exits at Exit 49 on the Capital Beltway:
Exit 49B-Right side of the road, exits to I-66 East
Exit 49C-Left side of the road, exits to I-66 West (the original Exit 49)
Exit 49A-Right side of the road exits to I-66 West
So nowadays all those folks merging onto 495 from Va-50 can stay in the right lane until they reach exit 49-A, and then serenely exit onto I-66 West without cutting across traffic…except…
EVERY MORNING FOLKS STILL CUT ACROSS FOUR LANES OF TRAFFIC!!
I don’t understand this…it is a dangerous practice and doesn’t save them much time.
So please…Puh-leeze…can someone explain to me why folks still follow this really foolish practice?