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Old 05-16-2008, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Kentucky
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Lexington is a city of 275,000 serving a metro of 500,000 and a labor market area of 1.5 million. Its population increases by 20,000 or so every August when UK students arrive. That said, its road system is adequate for a city of 175,000, or the way Lexington was in 1970-1975. Lexington traffic really is bad for a city of its size and I'd rather drive in Louisville, Cincinnati, Nashville, even Atlanta (away from I-75 and I-285) b/c their freeways are much better equipped to handle mass sums of traffic.

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I agree that Nashville gets pretty good flow with their roadways and structure. I actually find Nashville one of the easiest cities I've ever been in to find your way around as well as traffic flow for a city its size. However, one big pile up on a main road in Louisville at rush hour and it's Katie Bar the Door! You ain't going anywhere! I think Atlanta is one of the most horrible cities in the nation for traffic - I hate it!
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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I agree that Nashville gets pretty good flow with their roadways and structure. I actually find Nashville one of the easiest cities I've ever been in to find your way around as well as traffic flow for a city its size. However, one big pile up on a main road in Louisville at rush hour and it's Katie Bar the Door! You ain't going anywhere! I think Atlanta is one of the most horrible cities in the nation for traffic - I hate it!
I put Nashville in the "good" category now that most of the I-65 and Briley Parkway reconstruction projects on the north side have been completed. It was about freakin' time. They're already opened up a heavy rail commuter line to Lebanon along (I believe) CSX tracks and are in the process of implementing a spoke-pattern system going out to Goodlettsville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and maybe Dickson.

With Louisville, I can see your argument, but you have to know the side roads. The side roads there at least have more traffic capacity than Lexington's side roads, and it is always at the very least easier to re-enter a major artery/interstate highway than Lexington. I'd rather take Lexington Road in Louisville to avoid a major interstate crash than Reynolds Road in Lexington, that's for sure.

Your Atlanta point is valid city-wide during rush hour, and at major intersections like I-75 and I-85, northside or southside, at the Perimeter during anytime of the day. Generally speaking, though, ATL traffic flows pretty well for 20 hours of the day. Of course, as the metro continues to grow like a weed pumped up on steroids and Miracle Gro, I'm sure that figure will continue to dwindle, and fast.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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The I-24/ I-65 split in Nashville is awful in rush hour, but you can take Ellington Pky around it.

I shoot road videos as a hobby and have footage of both Lou & Lex's busiest non freeway roads: Dixie Highway & Nicholasville Road. I shot both of these in midafternoon on a weekday.... the 5 miles on N'ville Road took up so many frames that it froze my computer, so I could only upload half the video. Note the length shot of Dixie Hwy in less time was over 9 miles.


YouTube - Louisville Highway Tour: Dixie Highway (US 31W/60)

YouTube - Lexington Highway Tour: Nicholasville Road
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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The I-24/ I-65 split in Nashville is awful in rush hour, but you can take Ellington Pky around it.

I shoot road videos as a hobby and have footage of both Lou & Lex's busiest non freeway roads: Dixie Highway & Nicholasville Road. I shot both of these in midafternoon on a weekday.... the 5 miles on N'ville Road took up so many frames that it froze my computer, so I could only upload half the video. Note the length shot of Dixie Hwy in less time was over 9 miles.


YouTube - Louisville Highway Tour: Dixie Highway (US 31W/60)

YouTube - Lexington Highway Tour: Nicholasville Road
Nice videos census.
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