Dead Man's Curve
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For other uses, see Dead Man's Curve (disambiguation).
- Interstate 20 east of the Birmingham International Airport, at its junction with Interstate 59; engineers built a curve into the highway to avoid a cemetery.
- Interstate 59 about 8 miles north of Gadsden. The S-shaped curve was built to avoid running into a steep mountain.
- A sharp turn in a series of sharp bends on Kali Oka Road, in Saraland, just south of a Crybaby Bridge.
- A temporary S-shape curve on the eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge (part of Interstate 80). After its installation on September 8, 2009, to divert traffic as part of a replacement project, 43 accidents took place, including one fatal crash.
- A sharp turn in the shape of a "U" on SR 76 in San Diego County, near Red Gate Road. The curve has claimed the lives of many motorcyclists.
- A stretch of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles was memorialized by Jan and Dean in the song "Dead Man's Curve." It is located near the Bel Air estates north of UCLA's Drake Stadium. The curve was removed after an accident involving voice actor Mel Blanc.
- A sharp turn on eastbound Interstate 70 near Morrison that is preceded by a seven-mile (11 km) stretch of a 6.5% grade downslope, which has been the site of numerous fatal runaway truck accidents.
- A sharp turn at the end of Kapaa Quarry Road, which is a dimly lit utility road in Kailua. Honolulu County, that has claimed eight fatalities and is considered one of Oahu's haunted roads.
- In Towanda, Illinois, an almost 90-degree Dead Man's Curve on the original Old U.S. Route 66 was the site of many accidents; a number of which ended in fatalities. The roadbed was eventually turned into a park and walking trail.
- In Indianapolis, a curve on Interstate 70 westbound at mile marker 83.1 When opened, it had a negative bank on the right shoulder, and several truckers lost control and hit the a bridge abutment, losing their lives. The stretch was closed, re-engineered with a positive bank and with rain slots along the boundary and was reopened with a 40 mph speed limit.
- A treacherous stretch of Interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, originally known as "Death Hill" and now known as "Cut-in-the-Hill."
- In northern Bossier Parish, a sharp curve on Louisiana 157 (Hickory Drive), just inside the city limits of Plain Dealing, south of the town cemetery.
- In Massachusetts, Route 2 descends from the Berkshires into a hairpin switchback called Dead Man's Curve, on the North Adams-Florida town line. Map at .
- In Marquette Township, Marquette County, Dead Man's Curve referred to a curve on County Road 492 (previously a part of M-15), where the first centerline in the United States was painted. Geographical coordinates:
- In Milford, MI, Oakland County 42°33'37.4"N 83°35'50.0"W
- Sharp turn on Missouri State Route 34 just east of Garwood, in Reynolds County.
- Near Mesita, New Mexico, a 180 degree bend in the road to the left on Historic U.S. Route 66 nicknamed "Dead Man's Curve."
- Between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Tijeras, New Mexico, State Road 333 (Previously known as U.S. Route 66)makes a sudden curve near the I-40 overpass. This stretch of highway has earned its name because of the rocky cliffs on the south side of the highway, and frequent deer traffic contributes to its hazardousness
- A 90-degree turn on New York State Route 17 in Binghamton, near the junction with Interstate 81 and Interstate 88, which also goes by the name Kamikaze Curve. The tight curve, which hugs Prospect Mountain along the Chenango River, is slated for improvements as part of NY 17's upgrade to Interstate 86.
- The nearly 90-degree turn on Interstate 90 near downtown Cleveland, officially called the "Innerbelt Curve", at the point where the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway connects to the Innerbelt Freeway at a modified trumpet interchange just south of Burke Lakefront Airport. The advisory speed is 35 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour), although the maximum speed limit is 50 mph (80 km/h), as on adjacent sections of the Shoreway and Innerbelt. Location:
- Dead Man's Curve was constructed as part of the Innerbelt project in 1959. At the time, Interstate 90 had been planned to continue westward on the Shoreway, connecting with its current location via the never-built Parma Freeway. It soon became apparent that the curve was too sharp for travel at typical Interstate speeds, and in 1965, the state lowered the speed limit from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 35 mph (56 km/h). Four years later,[not in citation given] authorities completed the first set of safety retrofits, which included banking the curve and installing rumble strips and large signs.
- According to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the crash rate on the Innerbelt (which includes Dead Man's Curve) is two to three times the regional average for urban freeways, despite the reduced speed limits on the roadway. The department is investigating ways of enhancing safety on the stretch, including a complete realignment of the roadway to reduce the degree of the curve. According to a 2003 ODOT count, 95,090 vehicles travel on the curve every day.
- The northern terminus of Interstate 476 in Clarks Summit is a 180-degree turn, with an advisory speed limit of 20 mph, created in order to access a toll plaza before the interchange with Interstate 81.
- On U.S. Route 22 in Easton, there are several dangerous sharp turns that go past a graveyard. (This is most commonly known as "Cemetery Curve" for that reason.) Streetlights were installed to help cut down on nighttime crashes; the lightposts are themselves frequent victims of collisions.
- A sharp, sudden turn on U.S. Route 175 (C. F. Hawn Freeway) at the interchange with SH 310 southeast of downtown Dallas. After a fatal truck accident in 2008, the state installed additional beacons and also flashing chevrons to further draw motorists' attention to the hazard. As of 2010, the department of highways is studying plans to eliminate this curve by extending the C. F. Hawn Freeway westward to Interstate 45.
- Google Maps view of curve in Birmingham
- Lee, Henry K.; Michael Cabanatuan & Jaxon Van Derbeken (November 10, 2009). "Changes coming to Bay Bridge after death plunge". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
- Google Maps view of curve in San Diego County
- Google Maps view of curve in Los Angeles (Sunset Blvd)
- Google Maps view of curve in Colorado
- Gathright, Alan (2007-07-12). "Stretch of I-70 has deadly legacy". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
- Google Maps view of I70 west at mile marker 83.1 in Indianapolis
- Google Maps view of curve in Covington, Kentucky
- Google Maps view of curve in Plain Dealing
- Google Maps view of curve in Baltimore
- Foley, Meghan (2012-08-26). "DOT: NO TIMELINE FOR OPENING OF ROUTE 2". North Adams Transcript. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- "Dead Man's Curve Rescue". Nashua Telegraph. 1956-02-28. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
- Kulsea, Bill; Shawver, Tom (1980). Making Michigan Move: A History of Michigan Highways and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Transportation. p. 10.
- Chapter 4.0: Conceptual Alternatives – Innerbelt Curve, Cleveland Innerbelt: Conceptual Alternatives Study, Ohio Department of Transportation/Burgess & Niple/URS Corporation, 2006-08-11. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Google Maps view of curve in Cleveland
- Ohio Department of Transportation (2007-05-16). District 12 Speed Zones. p. 5.
- Ohio Department of Highways (via Roadfan.com). "1957-1958 Biennial Report excerpt". Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Cabanatuan, Michael (November 11, 2009). "Ideas offered to slow S-curve motorists". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
- Google Maps view of curve in Cincinnati
- Google Maps view of curve in Dayton
- Google Maps view of curve in on the Mount Hood Scenic Byway
- Google Maps view of curve in Easton
- "Shine the lights on Cemetery Curve; Tuesday will be a great day for no-shows - Oct. 28 letters to the editor". Easton Express-Times. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- Google Maps view of curve in Dallas
- Encyclopedia of Cleveland History — Innerbelt Freeway
- Sweeney, James (2001-04-22). "Roadblock to improving safety; Inner Belt changes being studied, but Dead Man's Curve might be dead end". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- Sweeney, James (2001-04-22). "Dead Man's Curve could be worse - in fact, it was". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
- Marshall, Aaron (2012-07-22). "Cleveland's Dead Man's Curve Not Going to Stop Tipping Trucks Anytime Soon". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Cleveland Innerbelt Plan (Ohio Department of Transportation)
- Ohio Department of Transportation traffic counts
- Video of Dead Man's Curve westbound (0:44) on YouTube
- Snopes.com page regarding the Los Angeles curve