Last spring, city workers placed a data collection camera at the 41st Street overpass on the southbound lane of the Jones Falls Expressway for one week. What they discovered was stunning — although perhaps not to anyone who has driven the highway during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 360,984 vehicles traveling along the highway between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., 151,897, or 42%, were going at least 12 miles per hour above the posted 50 mph speed. The top speed recorded: a mind-blowing 173 mph, which is fast even by NASCAR racing standards.
What do 42% of drivers do on the JFX? Hint: It’s not safe
April 28, 2021