Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I would like to see Virginia and Maryland highway officials forever forswear the use of meaningless numbers in lieu of street names, and take a trip to Houston or Los Angeles to learn about competent road signing -- big letters and placement well in advance of an intersection. DAVID LIPSEY Falls Church

I would like to suggest that local officials consider putting the block numbers on any newly installed street corner signs, in order that people unfamiliar with the area may not slow traffic searching for a street number among various houses and businesses, where so few are displayed. For example, "the 2100 block of Rockville Pike." This is done in many other cities and is most helpful. LOUISE B. HELM Rockville

My suggestion for the New Year is different, in that it recommends something for each driver to do rather than for the government agencies to do. If you read the obituaries and news stories of people killed in traffic accidents, you will notice that in nine out of ten cases, one of the vehicles was making a left turn. Please urge your readers to avoid left turns, especially those not controlled by a traffic signal. Professional drivers recommend making three rights instead of a left. M.O. NORBY Northern Virginia

A note to all motorists for the New Year: Please use your turn signals! NEAL STEVENS Arlington

In some states there is a law which states it is illegal to change lanes while on a bridge or overpass. Implementation of this restriction in the Washington, D.C., area would avert many accidents. JANET HUTCHESON Bethesda

Require smokers to use their ashtrays, rather than throw their cigarette butts out the window, or even worse, empty the entire ashtray on the street. SHARON R. THOMPSON Washington

At the emissions testing stations I would like to see a check for lights working properly included in the check since the person testing already walks to the rear of the car. I was in line behind a car with defective lights this year. LYNN WRIGHT Silver Spring

In your invitation to offer New Year's resolutions, you suggest that Braddock Road be widened. Braddock Road is wide enough for me. The trouble is not its present width but its bottlenecks. For the money it would cost to widen a couple of miles along Braddock Road, dozens of the worst intersections in Fairfax County could be made bigger without inflicting so much damage on so many property owners. DAVID ALEXANDER Washington

My resolution is to ban parking on Western Avenue between Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues at all times. Western Avenue from Connecticut Avenue is always backed up. Parking takes up one of the two lanes, and should not be allowed. ELLYN ROTH Chevy Chase

The stop lights on South Van Dorn Street in Alexandria between Duke Street and Franconia Road should be retimed to allow traffic to flow on Van Dorn. At present, they serve only to prevent the flow of traffic. LYNN BONJOUR Alexandria

Virginia, Maryland and the District should paint the {lines} in the center of the streets an iridescent color. The present lines are almost impossible to see in the dark or in the rain. WILLIAM D. BURT Alexandria

I would like to see Virginia highway officials completely redesign the entrance to the Beltway from northbound I-95, and the southbound entrance to I-95 from the outer loop of the Beltway. These places are extremely dangerous at all times and cause a never-ending traffic snarl. SHARON J. LATHEROW Burke

My suggestion is that local jurisdiction (or more properly, the states), in cooperation with local radio and television stations, broadcast brief public service messages on "rules of the road," e.g., passing on the right on interstate highways, interpretation of the "yield" sign and the penalty for swift lane changes or following too closely. There must be many others. DAVID RABADAN


I would like to see Alexandria City police ticketing the cars westbound on Gibbon Street that block southbound Washington Street in the afternoon, thus {halting traffic}. In nine years, I have never seen police at that intersection. NANCY GRIGGS Alexandria

I would like to see D.C. and Montgomery County work together (what an unlikely concept!) to improve the Friendship Heights (Wisconsin Avenue and Western Avenue) intersection by adding a left-turn arrow for northeast-bound traffic on Western Avenue that wants to go into Maryland. JOHN STIEHLER Bethesda

I would like to see the appropriate officials improve the lane markings and provide directional lane signs at the section of Woodmont Avenue behind the Bethesda Metro complex. The through lanes are not straight. This causes confusion and is a potentially dangerous situation. ROBERT RESNIK Bethesda

I would like to see Rock Creek Park officials {National Park Service} resolve to turn on the road lights from the National Zoo north to Maryland. It is pitch dark driving home at night from the Kennedy Center, and very dangerous, not only to drivers but to the park police who must patrol the road. Cut costs somewhere else. FRANCES L. COX Silver Spring

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