MOST TREACHEROUS MERGE

The Fourth Street onramp to I-275 in St. Pete

After a northward stretch without lights — just long enough for drivers to get up to highway speeds — Fourth Street jogs off to the right and becomes an onramp to the Interstate. Right at that bend, the road narrows from two lanes into one. If you’re on the right and cruising along at the speed limit, invariably a car will zip up from behind on the left and, most of the time, try to pass and crowd its way in. This traffic convergence invariably causes a moment of confusion — who has the right of way? Should I slow down or speed up? — and, sometimes, fear. (Will I live or die? Did I just drive onto the set of Mad Max?)

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