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Old 01-30-2010, 09:12 PM
 
Location: rural North Carolina
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I had to pick someone up from Charlotte Douglas this afternoon. I live in Surry County. When bad weather hits I usually just stick it out; I don't think I left the house for five days after the December snow. But since the flight wasn't canceled I had to venture out in my 4WD SUV.

67 was pretty clear, and I expected things to be better on I-77. How wrong I was. The highway was some of the worst I've driven in 30 years of driving. I didn't see a snow plow until I got within Charlotte city limits. The road had packed snow and ice and was pitted and washboarded in places. Accident were numerous and I got caught in a shutdown at exit 32 that detoured through Davidson.

Once I approached Charlotte, around milemarker 20 or so, the road became passable, and it was relatively smooth sailing to the airport and back to that milemarker. Then things got really rough again all the way back to 67 - about 60 miles of nasty, unsalted, unplowed interstate highway. At least traffic was light and people were driving slow and safely given the conditions.

I'm from the Midwest and have experienced all kinds of snowy driving conditions before, but I've never seen anything quite like this. Is this common? Are some interstates better maintained than others, or was this a fluke?

Thankfully 67 was taken care of. I know the rural highways are more dangerous than the interstates because there is no divider separating traffic. Were the trucks salting the rural highways for that reason?
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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Could be that I-77 passes through rural counties. Generally speaking the interstates through Guilford county are pretty well taken care of during inclement weather.
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