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Old 02-08-2010, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Default Roads: Truckers Love Our I-40 The Most

"Truckers say the 455-mile-long segment of I-40 through Tennessee is the best highway segment in the nation. For the 11th year in a row, more than 300 big-rig truckers surveyed by Overdrive magazine ranked the nation's highways on quality of the roads, the smoothness of the surface, road markings, construction-detour availability and more."

Truckers volunteer Tennessee road as best | The Columbus Dispatch
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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"Truckers say the 455-mile-long segment of I-40 through Tennessee is the best highway segment in the nation. For the 11th year in a row, more than 300 big-rig truckers surveyed by Overdrive magazine ranked the nation's highways on quality of the roads, the smoothness of the surface, road markings, construction-detour availability and more."

Truckers volunteer Tennessee road as best | The Columbus Dispatch
I'm not surprised. Tennessee may have poorly funded schools and universities, but we have great highways!

In all seriousness, driving the 455 miles on I-40 from Memphis to Hartford is a piece of cake, particularly now that I-40 through downtown Knoxville has been completely redesigned and rebuilt, and the major I-40 interchanges in Memphis have also been redesigned and rebuilt. (Having the I-40 rock slides continually occurring on the NC side of the Smoky Mountains doesn't hurt Tennessee's reputation, either...)
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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In the same article it mentions I-40 Arkansas as one of the worst sections in the nation. I can relate to that. Lack of scenery from Memphis to Little Rock, low 18-wheeler speed limit which causes traffic to flow unsmoothly, oppressive speed enforcement, and rough highway make for a long drive.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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"Truckers say the 455-mile-long segment of I-40 through Tennessee is the best highway segment in the nation. For the 11th year in a row, more than 300 big-rig truckers surveyed by Overdrive magazine ranked the nation's highways on quality of the roads, the smoothness of the surface, road markings, construction-detour availability and more."
I cant say I share the love when I get stuck behind them trying to pass eachother up the hill from Cookeville to Monterey.
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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I cant say I share the love when I get stuck behind them trying to pass eachother up the hill from Cookeville to Monterey.
No kidding!!! The state really should've added a truck lane between Cookeville and Monterey. Trucks totally ignore the "trucks stay in right lane" signs.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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No kidding!!! The state really should've added a truck lane between Cookeville and Monterey. Trucks totally ignore the "trucks stay in right lane" signs.
What is an improved shoulder and those signs is susppose to be a truck lane. Years back Senator Tommy Burks campaigned and got $$$ for a truck lane, and what you see is it. What we did get was two, two, big new exit ramps in Monterey.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Surprisingly, they also think highly of our drivers:

BEST AUTOMOBILE DRIVERS

1. Texas
2. Ohio
3. Tennessee

Road poll: The good, the bad, the better | Overdrive
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Kenai Peninsula, AK
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I had to drive quite a bit today. One trucker was lost and trying to get on the interstate. Both lanes (of the ramp) stopped to let him over.

Later on a surface street, the train had passed a while ago and the cars were lined way back. We let out two trucks of a warehouse, and let one in.

In other places I've drive, I've noticed that it feels like truckers are the enemy.
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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In the same article it mentions I-40 Arkansas as one of the worst sections in the nation. I can relate to that. Lack of scenery from Memphis to Little Rock, low 18-wheeler speed limit which causes traffic to flow unsmoothly, oppressive speed enforcement, and rough highway make for a long drive.
Driving between Memphis and Little Rock is absolutely awful! I agree! I've taken US 70 West before when my nerves just couldn't take it much more. Worst part of the drive between Alabama and Oklahoma.
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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Having driven it myself 3 times now, it was a pretty good drive, but it was LOOOONG, and there was a whole lot of nothing between Nashville and Memphis.

Keeping in mind, I'm used to I-40 from Raleigh to Winston Salem, which is basically one city/town after another (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Mebane, Burlington, Greensboro, Winston Salem
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