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Author Topic: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes  (Read 78478 times)

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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #675 on: December 14, 2022, 02:09:43 AM »

Just drove I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis yesterday and it is so much worse than I remembered. There were several mile-long slowdowns simply because of the overall truck volume. The merge down to one lane approaching the I-55 multiplex was particularly bad in that regard. There had to be more trucks than cars at certain points. And I got stuck for over an hour behind what I assume was a huge accident. The new 75 mph speed limit helps, though. Three lanes in each direction can't come quickly enough.

US 70 is a good alternative.
Depending where you're coming from, US 64 between Bald Knob and Marion is also a good alternate route. Very light traffic and no trucks whatsoever, although you gotta watch out for combines during combine SZN.
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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #676 on: December 14, 2022, 02:51:24 PM »

Just drove I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis yesterday and it is so much worse than I remembered. There were several mile-long slowdowns simply because of the overall truck volume. The merge down to one lane approaching the I-55 multiplex was particularly bad in that regard. There had to be more trucks than cars at certain points. And I got stuck for over an hour behind what I assume was a huge accident. The new 75 mph speed limit helps, though. Three lanes in each direction can't come quickly enough.

US 70 is a good alternative.

You must be trolling.  Alternative?  That adds an hour to the trip, and that's when there isn't farm equipment plugging up the works.  Only time I've ever been on US-70 was due to a detour brought on by an accident.
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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #677 on: December 14, 2022, 05:42:28 PM »

^ Hes trolling.
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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #678 on: December 15, 2022, 12:01:03 AM »

Just drove I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis yesterday and it is so much worse than I remembered. There were several mile-long slowdowns simply because of the overall truck volume. The merge down to one lane approaching the I-55 multiplex was particularly bad in that regard. There had to be more trucks than cars at certain points. And I got stuck for over an hour behind what I assume was a huge accident. The new 75 mph speed limit helps, though. Three lanes in each direction can't come quickly enough.

US 70 is a good alternative.
Depending where you're coming from, US 64 between Bald Knob and Marion is also a good alternate route. Very light traffic and no trucks whatsoever, although you gotta watch out for combines during combine SZN.

US 64 is a good route through there as well.
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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #679 on: December 15, 2022, 12:17:04 AM »

Just drove I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis yesterday and it is so much worse than I remembered. There were several mile-long slowdowns simply because of the overall truck volume. The merge down to one lane approaching the I-55 multiplex was particularly bad in that regard. There had to be more trucks than cars at certain points. And I got stuck for over an hour behind what I assume was a huge accident. The new 75 mph speed limit helps, though. Three lanes in each direction can't come quickly enough.

US 70 is a good alternative.

You must be trolling.  Alternative?  That adds an hour to the trip, and that's when there isn't farm equipment plugging up the works.  Only time I've ever been on US-70 was due to a detour brought on by an accident.

He is simply horrified that Arkansas or the feds might spend one dollar towards expanding or otherwise improving I-40.

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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #680 on: December 15, 2022, 08:35:30 AM »

Just drove I-40 between Little Rock and Memphis yesterday and it is so much worse than I remembered. There were several mile-long slowdowns simply because of the overall truck volume. The merge down to one lane approaching the I-55 multiplex was particularly bad in that regard. There had to be more trucks than cars at certain points. And I got stuck for over an hour behind what I assume was a huge accident. The new 75 mph speed limit helps, though. Three lanes in each direction can't come quickly enough.

US 70 is a good alternative.

You must be trolling.  Alternative?  That adds an hour to the trip, and that's when there isn't farm equipment plugging up the works.  Only time I've ever been on US-70 was due to a detour brought on by an accident.
I just looked on Google Maps and put in avoid highways. This is the route they say to take from Memphis to Little Rock.

Start out on US-61 south, then take US-49 north to US-79 south to Stuttgart then take US-165 to US-70. That would add on about 50 miles and an hour and a half to the trip.
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Re: Rural Freeways That Need Six Lanes
« Reply #681 on: December 15, 2022, 11:02:21 AM »

^ Well yeah, according to our expert, Avalanchez71, a route that is 2 hours longer with no congestion is reason the main route should not be addressed at all.
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