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Road Hog:

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--- Quote from: CoreySamson on December 09, 2022, 02:43:15 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.

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US 70 is a good alternative.

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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.

MikieTimT:

--- Quote from: Avalanchez71 on December 13, 2022, 11:48:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: CoreySamson on December 09, 2022, 02:43:15 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.

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US 70 is a good alternative.

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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.

sprjus4:
^ Hes trolling.

Avalanchez71:

--- Quote from: Road Hog on December 14, 2022, 02:09:43 AM ---
--- Quote from: Avalanchez71 on December 13, 2022, 11:48:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: CoreySamson on December 09, 2022, 02:43:15 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.

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US 70 is a good alternative.

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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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US 64 is a good route through there as well.

US 89:

--- Quote from: MikieTimT on December 14, 2022, 02:51:24 PM ---
--- Quote from: Avalanchez71 on December 13, 2022, 11:48:35 PM ---
--- Quote from: CoreySamson on December 09, 2022, 02:43:15 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.

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US 70 is a good alternative.

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

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