You Take Dead Man’s Curve at 60 MPH and Hold Your Breath


Dead Man's Curve

Dead Man's Curve

Dead Man’s Curve is the near 90 degree angle stretch of  I-90 just outside of downtown Cleveland. The warned speed limit for said turn is 35 mph, but can be taken at 50 mph… on a good day. Leave it to experienced Clevelanders who think that since they can manuever through 10″ of snow in winter they can take the most dangerous curve in Cleveland at 60+ mph without breaking a sweat.

I’ve had my own encounters with Dead Man’s Curve and I can honestly say it’s quite the experience. If it weren’t for the rumble strips strategically placed a few hundred feet before the turn I probably would not pay enough attention to at least attempt to slow my vehicle down before mangling myself against the concrete barrier that lies ahead.

Talk has been circulating for years about realigning the Curve, yet the city has not made any public announcement to do so, not any that I’m aware of at least. I once heard a man talking about the Curve on the rapid before. He said they should change the name to “Slow Down or You Might Get Hurt Curve”. If you think about it though, a curve with the word DEAD in it can’t even get the attention of people to make them slow down, I doubt a fluffed up version of the name will do any better.

The best advice I can give to Clevelanders or people traveling from out of town is stick to the middle lane, hold on for dear life, and try to pay enough attention to the rumble strips to slow your ass down before you crash!

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~ by carluhhcouture on November 25, 2009.

One Response to “You Take Dead Man’s Curve at 60 MPH and Hold Your Breath”

  1. […] Featured Image is of the signs leading up to “Dead Man’s Curve,” on Cleveland’s interstate I-90 Eastbound. It is a 90 degree turn, and is the cause of many car accidents in the area. Image found here. […]

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