Tuesday's early morning "black ice pile-up" (thirteen cars; four minor injuries) on the Gowanus Expressway was occasion for some great news photos.
Missing from the stories is any analysis of the normal traffic pattern on that part of the eastbound expressway. Coming out of Bay Ridge a single HOV lane (for morning commutes) splits off to the left and rises above both the remaining eastbound lanes (to the right) and the westbound lanes (to the left). No breakdown lanes. No room to squeeze an emergency vehicle by to reach an accident or stalled car. Something I think about each time I take it. But I take it.