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Old 04-21-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Because people break down on the right and the left side of the road. The right side of the road isn't a mutually exclusive "breakdown zone".
This.

Trust me on this - it SUCKS when somebody gets a flat/breaks down/has a fender bender in the left-most lane and there's nowhere to go so the police have to shut the lane down so they can tow the car(s) out of the way. It does seriously bad things to traffic. Be glad they haven't painted the lane over to try and add another lane because when something happens it's a huge mess.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Because people break down on the right and the left side of the road. The right side of the road isn't a mutually exclusive "breakdown zone".


If I'm going to suddenly get a flat, have my battery die, etc. and I'm driving in the left lane of 35/410 I know I'm not going to get all anxious about trying to get over to the right shoulder to stop with all that traffic..I can pull over on the side I'm driving on at the moment. (and knock on wood that this doesn't have to happen I'm driving on it later today...)

Thanks, left shoulder Gods.


That's just my snarky sarcastic opinion. Take it for what its worth.
Thanks cutie,
just as sweet & sour as always.

Just wanted to show you guys this
On I-10 driving East after Roland Ave. the shoulder goes from 8' to 2' so quick, you don't even notice it.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:23 PM
 
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Quite simply, they're emergency lanes. And interstates are usually required to have a minimum of space on either side of the road.

From Wikipedia:
I guess that's why, but check this out.

St. Louis, I-44 (Old highway 66)
10 lane highway in the city, has a left shoulder of about 4'
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New Orleans, I-10, 6 lane highway, 4' left shoulder
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Denve, I-70, 6 lane highway, 4' left shoulder
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Since you're posting maps, check out I-5 between around mile marker 162 and north up to exit 167.
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through
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(look back towards downtown)

North from there the shoulder isn't anywhere near wide enough for a whole car to pull off from. That's why is really messes things up when anything happens on the far left lane because it gets shut down.
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