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Old 05-03-2019, 12:12 PM
 
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Here's a helpful hint if you need to go to Spartanburg again. Get on US 74 AKA Franklin Blvd and Wilkinson Blvd. Yes, you'll stop for traffic lights, but you'll be moving.

Normally traffic isn't that bad on the stretch from the state line to 321. It needs to be widened and is all scheduled. You're lucky that there wasn't an accident blocking the road or they would have directed you off I 85 to take a country road through Grover up to downtown Kings Mountain to 74 to York and Chester in Gastonia (321 as local roads in Gastonia)
Thanks. I know other routes, but I just didn't expect such a hellish experience. The torrential rain made it a nightmare. But next time, it is Chester, Kings Mountain, or anything but I-85.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:19 PM
 
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Bumper to bumper is a figure of speech for being stuck in traffic. If you were able to drive 80 MPH, you weren't really in traffic.

Edit: IMO, being in bumper to bumper traffic means you were going less than something like 30 MPH or so if it's a 55+ MPH zone. I don't think I've ever driven 30 MPH per less on a highway in NC or SC for 40+ straight miles.
^This.

You want to experience bumper to bumper traffic along 40+ miles of interstate, try driving between Fredericksburg and DC on I-95. Nothing in metro Charlotte can compare to that at any time on any day of the week.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Bumper to bumper is a figure of speech for being stuck in traffic. If you were able to drive 80 MPH, you weren't really in traffic.

Edit: IMO, being in bumper to bumper traffic means you were going less than something like 30 MPH or so if it's a 55+ MPH zone. I don't think I've ever driven 30 MPH per less on a highway in NC or SC for 40+ straight miles.


From the official source (thefreedictionary.com)...I'd have to side with GoPhils...


1. Traveling close together with bumpers almost touching: The cars were bumper-to-bumper in the tunnel.
2. Moving slowly or stalled as a result of tight spacing between vehicles: bumper-to-bumper traffic.


https://www.thefreedictionary.com/bumper-to-bumper
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Thanks. I know other routes, but I just didn't expect such a hellish experience. The torrential rain made it a nightmare. But next time, it is Chester, Kings Mountain, or anything but I-85.
It wouldn't have been hellish, given normal weather. On the other hand, check Google maps for the alternatives that I mentioned. Be aware that a few times a year an accident will result in traffic being rerouted through downtown Kings Mountain. Also, the same situation can happen down in Cherokee County SC. Be aware that US 29 splits off from I 85 and can be a viable alternative.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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From the official source (thefreedictionary.com)...I'd have to side with GoPhils...


1. Traveling close together with bumpers almost touching: The cars were bumper-to-bumper in the tunnel.
2. Moving slowly or stalled as a result of tight spacing between vehicles: bumper-to-bumper traffic.


https://www.thefreedictionary.com/bumper-to-bumper
O.K. So "bumper to bumper" doesn't mean heavy traffic riding on each others arses to you. Fine. The topic was heavy traffic. The term is nebulous. It is not the end of the world. I accept any definition. It's not important enough to hijack the thread.
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Murica
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I use to sit in that traffic daily going from Davidson to just inside the 485 belt..

It took me well over an hour to go 17 miles..
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:38 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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^This.

You want to experience bumper to bumper traffic along 40+ miles of interstate, try driving between Fredericksburg and DC on I-95. Nothing in metro Charlotte can compare to that at any time on any day of the week.
I've decided that NCDOT takes lessons on idiocy and incompetence from PENNDOT. Of all of the road projects that are actually needed, NCDOT has decided to put in a roundabout between Kings Mountain and Grover.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:52 AM
 
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O.K. So "bumper to bumper" doesn't mean heavy traffic riding on each others arses to you. Fine. The topic was heavy traffic. The term is nebulous. It is not the end of the world. I accept any definition. It's not important enough to hijack the thread.
You're right, the topic is heavy traffic. To most people, if you can go 80 MPH, you're not in heavy traffic.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:59 AM
 
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O.K. So "bumper to bumper" doesn't mean heavy traffic riding on each others arses to you. Fine. The topic was heavy traffic. The term is nebulous. It is not the end of the world. I accept any definition. It's not important enough to hijack the thread.
Nobody's hijacking the thread. Stop being so dramatic.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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You're right, the topic is heavy traffic. To most people, if you can go 80 MPH, you're not in heavy traffic.
Nah, I agree with you about bumper to bumper meaning a traffic jam, but disagree with this. Just took a drive down to Florida and back and that was heavy traffic all the way, but mostly moving. It can be heavy traffic, but not a traffic jam.

Also, is I-77 really the busiest section of highway in NC? Busier than I-95??!!
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