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The Ft. Duquesne Bridge Lane Surprise

The Ft. Duquesne bridge has an infamous history.  According to Wikipedia, it was once dubbed the “bridge to nowhere” because the bridge itself was built, but stood unused for six years because the right of way on the north side was not acquired??

Nowadays it’s a fully functioning bridge, but something that always stresses me out is the ridiculous signage on the lower level (heading west/southbound).

It’s very important to be in the correct lane on this bridge, where 4 lanes merge together and then quickly diverge into 4 separate paths.  So important in fact, that there is no signage to tell you which lane to be in, pretty much until the last minute, and even then, only for a few seconds.

My favorite part is that the signs are tucked up behind a steel beam!  So you literally can’t see them until you are right under them, and then have to look quick, and merge successfully into your lane:

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Well you may say, how are they supposed to solve this problem?  There isn’t a ton of room under the bridge after all.  It’s called lane markings… clearly marking which lane is which on the ground, instead of up in the rafters.  Here’s an example from England’s M40

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Granted, this isn’t just a Pittsburgh problem, for some reason these haven’t taken off in the USA yet (although I have started to see them around the DC area).  I think this would be a perfect solution for this bridge.