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Old 09-18-2015, 10:09 PM
 
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So here's the deal. I've lived around the downtown area of Dallas for about 5 yrs now. My work takes me to different places about every 6-9 months ( construction) , so in that 5 yrs I've driven just about every freeway out and back in to downtown Dallas. 45 S, 75N, DNT, 30 W and E, 20 W and E, 35 S, 67 S, 183,114 ,635. But 635 was actually only a couple of months. And in the previous 4 yrs I drove every freeway mentioned except 35E N to Denton , while in the past 9 months I have been driving 35E to Denton area. And while in the previous 4 yrs I might have driven past 2-3 wrecks total ( I actually don't remember any but the odds are I drove past a couple and just don't remember them ) , in the past 9 months I have driven past a minimum of 20 wrecks on 35E N. I drove past one going to work yesterday, and there was also one in the southbound lane about Corinth. I drove past one again today. I have once driven past THREE wrecks unconnected to each other , and another time drove past THREE wrecks in the northbound lane unconnected to each other and one in the southbound. I have actually had to build time into my commute not just to get past traffic, but to get past wrecks that occur with regularity. Its almost a surprise to get to work without having to navigate past a wreck.

Which begs the question, what the heck is the deal with drivers on 35? I know the traffic is thick, but weekly wrecks on 35 while wrecks so rare on other freeways that I don't even remember them? Doesn't make sense. The traffic isn't that much worse.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:19 PM
 
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I don't know but the truckers are out of control as well. Usually you can at least count on them to respect rules of the road but there are always multiple truckers just cruising in the left most lane not passing anybody.
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Old 09-20-2015, 02:05 PM
 
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I dunno, but the point where two lanes essentially collide where I-35 and 183 meet always has me scratching my head.
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Old 09-20-2015, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Woodlands, TX
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I don't know but the truckers are out of control as well. Usually you can at least count on them to respect rules of the road but there are always multiple truckers just cruising in the left most lane not passing anybody.
Speaking of the truckers...

Dallas is the first place I have ever driven where many truck drivers have Mad Max looking spikes on their rims (I'm talking like 6 inches +). Lol! Have you guys seen this? Isn't that illegal... not to mention dangerous?

(edit... just read that they are usually just plastic and snap over the lugs. Truckers put them on for show and intimidation)
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Arlington
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LOL.... 35e is the worst stretch of highway in the metroplex when it comes to wrecks and people driving with complete disregard for human life....

Its just the way it is.... Build wrecks into your time and if there is someone hauling ass behind you,,, move over and let them by... Don't try to "teach them a lesson" b/c these folks cannot be taught.... 35e probably has the most drunk drivers on weekend nights too
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: DFW Metro
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I live on the north side of Lake Lewisville. I have to drive on 35E between Denton and Lewisville frequently. It's always been a pain, but right now I'm sure a lot of the trouble is because of the construction. Lanes and entrance/exit ramps are getting changed around and traffic gets rerouted. It's a mess and will be for a while.

Of course, if people would slow down and be more careful, it would help, but we know that ain't gonna happen around here.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:55 PM
 
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The last thing people need to do is slow down. There is an artificial traffic problem on 35e. If people would speed up and/or follow the rule of keep right unless passing traffic would be decreased about 45%. I commute Denton to Dallas everyday and I've calculated all the delays and of which type they are and some numb nuts cruising in the left lane is responsible for 45% of delays +/- 4%
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