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Old 08-21-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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I 35 in Austin really needs to be expanded. Being the ONLY INTERSTATE and the ONLY MAJOR HIGHWAY in general, it just cant support a city over 700,000. Mopac's there but Austin gets alot of traffic passing from San Antonio and Dallas so something needs to be done
But didn't they finish that huge toll road loop around Austin or does is it still stop just south of Flugerville? I lived in Austin just as that toll road opened, and Michael Dell had an exit right at his doorstep. Your right though I-35 through Austin is the worst traffic I have ever experienced, and the Mo-Pac isn't any better. I had to commute from Round Rock to San Marcos eveyday, and hated it.
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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Yes. It was recently named one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S.A. Just stay away from it during rush hour.
And when Letterman is driving on it, he almost killed me once.
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Just about all Interstates in Mass, Conn, and PA. I-95 from DC to Richmond is particulalrly bad. I-76 going into Philly is the worst I've ever seen. State with the worst highways is undoubtedly Connecticut.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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You would think that the four-laned Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) should be widened. But what would happen if it was? Traffic would just pile up at the exits and at each end of the expressway. The problem would just be moved. Also, higher capacity will lead to higher traffic and the problem will be made worse. Also, there's no real room to expand the Schuylkill Expressway without making it two-level, and that is waaay too expensive.
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Old 08-26-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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You would think that the four-laned Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) should be widened. But what would happen if it was? Traffic would just pile up at the exits and at each end of the expressway. The problem would just be moved. Also, higher capacity will lead to higher traffic and the problem will be made worse. Also, there's no real room to expand the Schuylkill Expressway without making it two-level, and that is waaay too expensive.
That is normally the problem, when capacity is changed the traffic issues just end up at different points like intersections or where the change ends. Generally if you raise capacity of any transport system due to chokepoints you have to look and see if new chokepoints appear as a direct result.

In terms of no room it might have to be looked at if parallel routes can be upgraded.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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State with the worst highways is undoubtedly Connecticut.
Agreed. So much traffic.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Agreed. So much traffic.
I agree, but a few of them are pretty easy going, such as I-395 and I-384. Those rarely get congested. Also, Route 11 is dead. You can be on it and see no cars for a mile ahead and behind you.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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In Pacific Northwest, I-90 between Cle Elum WA and Hyak ski area. (Plans, but uncertain timetable).
I-5 between Chehalis and South Olympia (under construction in places). I-205 south of Portland from I-5 to Oregon City. (No plans I'm aware of). I-5 from the Rose Garden to the Interstate Bridge. (They want to build a bigger interstate bridge, but the capacity of I-5 south of the bridge creates problems.)

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Old 08-27-2010, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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If it hasn't been mentioned, I-90 between Tomah, WI and Chicago can be 3 lanes all the way. There is so much traffic in the corridor between Mpls and Chicago and nobody ever talks about it, and a lot of it is freight traffic from trucks as well as weekend and holiday traffic between the states. It's heavier traffic than anywhere I've seen in the Midwest, let's say.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I just got back from a short trip to Chicago and left on a Tuesday to Minneapolis, and even on Tuesday the freeway was packed most of the way, except for the "dead zone" I call Tomah to Eau Claire, WI, then it really picks up again.

This post is mostly to Midwestern travelers, sorry for the double post!
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