Did toll authority mix up lanes?
Jeff Quinton, a regular MARC rider, has something else to gripe about tonight -- the Maryland Transportation Authority. Here's his account:
"Something non-MARC related for a change: This is not the first time this has happened recently but it was the biggest jam because of it.
"Tonight around 7:30 I was approaching the Fort McHenry Tunnel on NB I-95. Signs were up (I guess about a mile out - where they usually are) that said Left Two Lanes Closed Ahead. So everyone on the left (including us) starts getting over to the right two lanes and then as they get closer to the tunnel around the bend the flashing arrow indicates that the right lanes are the one actually closed and everyone starts having to get back over to the left.
"The lane change snafu caused a pretty major backup that started out where the wrong sign was and lasted all the way through the tunnel. As I said, this has happened before but never with the result as bad as it was tonight when we came through. I know this may be a smaller part of it, but it seems like they're closing half the tubes earlier than they used to for cleaning or whatever other maintenance they do at night. I'm wondering if that isn't a factor in the level of traffic problems too."