Sunday, June 11, 2006

First Driver on New I-95 Bridge Couldn't Speak English

The Washington Times reports on yesterday's half-opening of the new Wilson Bridge:

The first cars rolled across the new bridge at 9:41 p.m., making their way from Virginia to Maryland amid little fanfare and lots of construction -- and almost 12 hours later than officials had set for the new span to open for traffic.

The first driver across the bridge did not speak English, but a passenger in his Toyota identified himself as Ted Shin of Virginia, said John Undeland, spokesman for the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge project. The next cars across were a Honda driven by Anthony Ferbish of the District and a Chevrolet driven by Kristine Egleston of Maryland.

Good thing drivers don't need to be able to read traffic signs or converse with law enforcement. (But Mr. Shin will always bring his translator with him, right?)

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