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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2019, 01:34:09 PM »

Wisconsin is more segmented. I would rank them in this order.

I-39/90/94 Beloit to Tomah
I-41/94 Pleasant Prairie to Milwaukee
I-894 Airport Frwy & Zoo Frwy
I-94 Milwaukee to Madison
US 12/14/18/151 Beltline Hwy
I-94 Tomah to Hudson
I-41 Milwaukee to Green Bay via Fond du Lac, Oshkosh & Appleton
I-43 Milwaukee to Green Bay via Sheboygan & Manitowoc
Wis 30 Madison Spur
US 151 Madison to Fond du Lac
I-90 Tomah to La Crosse
I-43 Beloit to Milwaukee
Wis 119 Airport Spur
I-39 Portage to Wausau
Wis 441 Appleton Bypass
Wis 172 Green Bay South Bypass
Wis 16 Oconomowoc to Waukesha
I-794 Lake Frwy
US 53 Eau Claire to Superior
Wis 29 Elk Mound to Green Bay

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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2019, 01:43:09 PM »

In Illinois:
I-94
I-90
I-294
I-80
I-55
I-190
I-290
I-355
I-70
Lake Shore Dr Chicago
I-88
I-57
I-270
I-255/IL 255
IL 83 I-55 to I-290
I-74
I-64
I-39
I-280
US 20 Rockford to Freeport
Bus I-55 Bloomington
I-72
US 51 Bloomington to Decatur
I-155
US 20 Elgin Bypass
I-24
I-474/IL 6
IL 390
IL 394
US 34 Galesburg to Monmouth
I-172
I-180
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2019, 04:49:52 PM »

In Illinois:
I-94
I-90
I-294
I-80
I-55
I-190
I-290
I-355
I-70
Lake Shore Dr Chicago
I-88
I-57
I-270
I-255/IL 255
IL 83 I-55 to I-290
I-74
I-64
I-39
I-280
US 20 Rockford to Freeport
Bus I-55 Bloomington
I-72
US 51 Bloomington to Decatur
I-155
US 20 Elgin Bypass
I-24
I-474/IL 6
IL 390
IL 394
US 34 Galesburg to Monmouth
I-172
I-180
I would put I-55 at number 1.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2019, 08:29:13 AM »

Okay, since I have lived in all parts of the Hoosier State and feel I am not biased toward or against any particular region of it, here is MY take on the hierarchy for Indiana freeways (all Interstates, and those longer than 4 miles along U.S. Highways & Indiana State Roads). Included are my explanations as to why I rank them the way I do (please feel free to disagree), and to which segments the rankings apply (for routes that are only freeways in segments or overlap other shielded routes).

#1: Interstate 465 (Indianapolis beltway) : Without this route, almost the entire Interstate system in Indiana collapses. Carries part of I-74 (and soon, part of I-69 as well), and provides redundancy for the "inner belt" sections of I-65 & I-70. Also carries all "through" U.S. Highways and State Roads. Has 10 (soon to be 11) system interchanges and several other significant ones.

#2: Interstates 80 & 94 (Tri-State Highway & Borman "Expressway" between IN Toll Road & Illinois state line) :  Major toll-free gateway to Chicago from points south, east, and northeast.

#3: Interstate 70 (entire length) : Transcontinental Interstate & successor to the National Road (US 40). Connects west to St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver & beyond, as well as east to Columbus (OH), Baltimore & Washington, DC.

#4: Interstate 65 (entire length) : Transcontinental Interstate connecting north to Chicagoland & south to Louisville, Nashville (TN), and beyond.

#5: Interstate 69 (entire length) :  Transcontinental Interstate (someday) connecting Indiana's two largest cities, most populous area of Michigan, and soon south to Evansville, Memphis & beyond.

#6: Indiana Toll Road (I-90 for entire length & I-80 for most) : Major transcontinental Interstates. Connects South Bend/Elkhart with Chicago to the west & Toledo and Cleveland to the east.

#7: Interstate 94 (Tri-State Highway between IN Toll Road & MI state line) : Part of major corridor connecting Chicago and Detroit; Michigan's gateway to the Chicagoland region.

#8: Saint Joseph Valley Parkway (US 31, US 20/31, and US 20) : Bypass route around South Bend and Elkhart. Portion of this freeway may be included in a future Interstate 67 between Indianapolis and Grand Rapids.

#9: Interstate 74 (entire length) : Significant Interstate corridor connecting the Mid-State cities of Illinois & the Quad-Cities of IL & IA to the west and Cincinnati to the east.

#10: U.S. Highway 31 (Hamilton County freeway section) : This 17-mile freeway serves rapidly growing Indy suburbs of Carmel & Westfield, and is along the path of a future I-67 corridor to South Bend and beyond.

#11: Interstate 64 (entire length) : Less relevant to most Hoosiers than other 2di-Interstates due to its rural, southern Indiana route, it nonetheless connects Louisville and Saint Louis, and provides (for now at least) a toll-free Interstate freeway crossing of the Ohio River in the Louisville area.

#12: Interstate 469 : Fort Wayne's semi-beltway provides important non-urban connections for several U.S. Highways. Construction of a system interchange with the U.S. 24 "Fort to Port" freeway will soon be underway.

#13: Interstate 265 / State Road 265 (future I-265) : Indiana portions of Louisville's outer beltway is at long last complete with the (tolled) Lewis & Clark Bridge over the Ohio River.

#14: U.S. Highway 31 (Plymouth to South Bend section) : Potentially part of a future Interstate 67, this freeway connects U.S. 30 at Plymouth to the South Bend area.

#15: Interstate 865 : The former "dogleg" of I-465, this important link  (or glorified ramp, as some insist) provides the directional connections missing from the north junction of I-65 and I-465.

#16: U.S. Highway 31 (Kokomo Bypass section) : Provides the long-desired full-freeway bypass of Kokomo (previously called "Stoplight City") for U.S. 31, and a portion of U.S. 35. Potentially part of a future I-67 between Indianapolis, South Bend, and western MI).

#17: U.S. Highway 24 (Fort to Port freeway) : This freeway bypassed a crooked, dangerous, and congested routing of U.S. Highway 24 that hugged the Maumee River between New Haven and the Ohio state line northeast of Woodburn.

#18: Keystone Parkway (née Keystone Avenue - former IN State Road 431 in Hamilton Co.) : this sub-Interstate grade freeway runs through the densely populated Indianapolis suburb of Carmel (roundabout capital of the world). It's origin point (at the city/county line along 96th Street) is at present being converted into another roundabout interchange.

#19: Interstate 275 (Cincinnati (OH) beltway) : The least significant Interstate in Indiana, as it barely dips into the state.

#20: State Road 641 (Terre Haute bypass) : Because it's interchange with I-70 is not a freeway-to-freeway junction, this long-desired connection to U.S. 41 is not that significant statewide.

#21: State Road 912 (Cline Avenue) : Ranked low due to the fact that it's been discontinuous since the bridge over the ship channel was closed. Once reconnected, I would consider ranking it higher, assuming full-freeway status is maintained.

#22: Shadeland Avenue (former State Road 100 from I-465 to Washington Street) : This remnant of Indy's original bypass remains a sub-standard stub freeway, but functions more as the urban arterial it becomes north of the deficient Washington Street (old U.S. 40) cloverleaf.

BTW, I did NOT include Interstate 80 independently in this list, as it is NOT concurrent with other Interstates only for the very short stretch between the IN Toll Road (I-90) & the Tri-State Hwy (I-94). Also, the Sam Jones Expressway in Indianapolis was not included since it's junction with I-465 has been downgraded from a system to a service interchange and the remaining freeway portion is both sub-standard and too short to meet my 4-mile minimum length criteria.

Okay, that's it, so flame away at my rankings!

I would disagree with putting 465 at #1 simply because if you don't have I-65 and I-70, you lose so much through traffic that you don't really need 465.  65 and 70 are the lifeblood that carry interstate traffic through the state, keeping gas stations, restaurants and hotels in business.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2019, 08:39:56 AM »

Arizona:
I-10
I-17
I-40
I-8
I-19
US 60
Loop 101
Loop 202
SR 51
Loop 303
I-15
SR 143


EDIT: Added I-8
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2019, 08:42:52 AM »

Arizona:
I-10
I-17
I-40
I-19
US 60
Loop 101
Loop 202
SR 51
Loop 303
I-15
SR 143

I-8?
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2019, 09:29:57 AM »

Arizona:
I-10
I-17
I-40
I-19
US 60
Loop 101
Loop 202
SR 51
Loop 303
I-15
SR 143

I-8?


Sorry, I forgot about it. I just edited my post.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2019, 12:32:27 PM »

NJ:
NJ Turnpike
I-95
Garden State Parkway
I-295 (especially the short segment south of the Turnpike)
I-80
I-78
I-287
I-195
Atlantic City Expressway
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2019, 02:20:12 PM »

I would disagree with putting 465 at #1 simply because if you don't have I-65 and I-70, you lose so much through traffic that you don't really need 465.  65 and 70 are the lifeblood that carry interstate traffic through the state, keeping gas stations, restaurants and hotels in business.
While I understand your point, and don't totally disagree with it, there STILL would be a critical need for a circumferential freeway around Indianapolis. Don't forget about I-69 & I-74, not to mention traffic from US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, US 136, and US 421. Without I-70 and/or I-65, three of those US Highways (40, 31 & 52) would take on even greater significance. And without I-465, Indy might well be known as the Bottleneck of America rather than the Crossroads of America.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2019, 05:08:55 PM »

NJ:
NJ Turnpike
I-95
Garden State Parkway
I-295 (especially the short segment south of the Turnpike)
I-80
I-78
I-287
I-195
Atlantic City Expressway
I-95's non turnpike part does not have an exit in NJ.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2019, 05:20:35 PM »

I don't agree with the previous Massachusetts entry.

Here's my opinion:

I-95
I-495
I-84
I-93
I-91
I-90
US 3
MA 146
MA 24
MA 2
I-395
US 6
I-190
I-290
MA 3
MA 128
US 1
I-291
MA 140
I-295
MA 25
MA 1A
MA 57
US 5
I-391
Lowell Connector
MA 213
MA 79
MA 18
MA 116
US 44
MA 240
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2019, 05:46:15 PM »

NJ:
NJ Turnpike
I-95
Garden State Parkway
I-295 (especially the short segment south of the Turnpike)
I-80
I-78
I-287
I-195
Atlantic City Expressway
I-95's non turnpike part does not have an exit in NJ.
I suppose if you want to call the free portion of I-95 the Turnpike (as opposed to just managed by NJTA) and the Pennsylvania Extension is not a separate roadway, you are right. But who said it has to have exits in the state?
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2019, 06:10:00 PM »

I don't agree with the previous Massachusetts entry.

Here's my opinion:

I-95
I-495
I-84
I-93
I-91
I-90
US 3
MA 146
MA 24
MA 2
I-395
US 6
I-190
I-290
MA 3
MA 128
US 1
I-291
MA 140
I-295
MA 25
MA 1A
MA 57
US 5
I-391
Lowell Connector
MA 213
MA 79
MA 18
MA 116
US 44
MA 240
You ranked your list on different criteria it seems like.
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« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2019, 06:16:35 PM »

Guess I'll do Idaho.

1. I-84, by a long shot. Longest freeway in the state, and serves the 3 largest cities (Boise, Meridian, and Nampa), and connections to Oregon and Utah.
2. I-90. Pretty short but between Coeur d'Alene and the Washington border is an important commuter route. And east to Montana is a major long haul route with no close by alternatives.
3. I-15. Important route for the medium sized cities of Idaho Falls and Pocatello. Connects to Utah and SLC. Some long haul traffic to Montana (though light compared to most interstates).
4. I-184 (including the not technically I-184, part of US-20/26 between Chinden Blvd and 13th St). Very short but super busy commuter route. Traffic would be a complete nightmare getting to downtown Boise without it.
5. US-20 (East of Idaho Falls). Access to Rexburg and other Idaho Falls exurbs, plus access to Yellowstone area. Many people use this and US-191 as a shortcut to Bozeman, MT.
6. I-86. Not too long, does not serve anything significant besides Pocatello at its eastern terminus. But still gets Pocatello to Boise traffic, and some Idaho Falls to Boise traffic (though many prefer US-20).
7. US-95 (North of Coeur d'Alene). Most of it is not freeway at this point, so hard to put this higher up the list. If it was a full freeway from I-90 to Sandpoint, for instance, it would be higher up.
8. ID-16. Barely counts, the only freeway section is about 2 miles long between ID-44 and US-20/26. No grade separated interchanges yet. When it's finished to I-84, it will be decently important.

I think that's all the freeways in the state.

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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #39 on: February 12, 2019, 09:33:55 AM »

I'll give a shot at Michigan.

I-94
I-75
I-96
I-696 (just imagine how much of a mess E-W roads in southern Oakland County would've been if I-696 had never been completed between M-10 and I-75)
I-275
I-69
US-23
I-196
US-131 (including secret I-296)
M-6
M-10
M-39
I-496
M-14
US-127 (Jackson to St. Johns)
M-59 (would be higher if it were full freeway to I-94)
M-53
I-475
I-675 (was higher before the current Zilwaukee Bridge opened)
US-31 (Grand Haven to Ludington)
US-127 (Ithaca to Grayling)
US-10
M-8
US-31 (IN line to Napier Ave; will move a little higher once directly connected to I-94)
I-194
I-375
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« Reply #40 on: February 12, 2019, 03:51:18 PM »

In Illinois:
I-94
I-90
I-294
I-80
I-55
I-190
I-290
I-355
I-70
Lake Shore Dr Chicago
I-88
I-57
I-270
I-255/IL 255
IL 83 I-55 to I-290
I-74
I-64
I-39
I-280
US 20 Rockford to Freeport
Bus I-55 Bloomington
I-72
US 51 Bloomington to Decatur
I-155
US 20 Elgin Bypass
I-24
I-474/IL 6
IL 390
IL 394
US 34 Galesburg to Monmouth
I-172
I-180
I would put I-55 at number 1.
I agree with moving I-55 to #1. Old US 66 Chicago-LA corridor, and is the Chicago link to points West and Southwest, via St Louis. Also links the two largest IL Metro Areas, with the Capital in the middle

Why the O’Hare Feeder Freeway/I-190 higher than the Ike/I-290 and I-355? ORD is certainly important, but so is Downtown to West Suburban Commuters and Commerce!

For IL traffic, I-255 should be over I-270, in the STL Metro East. IL I-270 is more a Long Distance bypass for I-70 Thru Traffic. IL/I-255 is a bypass route for I-55 and I-44, but also serves and connects most of the Metro East larger Suburbs, either directly or in combination with Radials IL 3, I-64, I-55/70, and I-270

I could nit-pick the rest, but its close and similar to ranks I would give, and I’ve lived around the state (Chicagoland, Central IL, and now Southern IL)
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2019, 07:50:05 PM »

I'll give a shot at Michigan.
//snip//

Pretty close to what I'd have said.  I'd move US-131 above I-196 and maybe above 23 as well.  And I'd move the northern section of US-31 up about 5 spots.  And have US-10 tag along for an increased ranking.
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« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2019, 10:10:35 PM »

Kind of amazing that we only have 6 expressways in Delaware:

  • I-95 (brings in all traffic coming from Virginia/The Beaches/Baltimore/Washington and points south, and all traffic coming from the Philadelphia area/eastern Pennsylvania)
  • I-295 (carries traffic from Virginia/The Beaches/Baltimore/Washington/south to New York/New Jersey/New England - in my experience the biggest bottleneck on I-95 is at I-295, which clears up immediately after 295 splits)
  • I-495 (bypasses 95 and provides a route from Wilmington/Virginia/The Beaches/.../south to Philadelphia)
  • DE-1 and Puncheon Run Connector in South Dover (carries almost all traffic in Delaware coming from points south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (90% of the geographic area of the state, but probably about 50% of the population), pretty much responsible for the boom in the southern part of the state - in the summer this may rank higher than 495, due to the beach traffic it carries)
  • US-301 (tentative ranking since the road is so new, provides a bypass of the I-95 corridor between Baltimore and Washington via the Eastern Shore of Maryland and serves as a commuter route for Middletown-Wilmington traffic)
  • DE-141 (primarily serves as a partial expressway for the western suburbs of Wilmington (Newport, Elsmere, Fairfax, Talleyville)

Since I grew up in Connecticut I'll take a whack at it (I am from Hartford County so I might have some biases that show):
  • I-95
  • CT-15 (Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways)
  • I-84
  • I-91
  • CT-15 (Wilbur Cross Highway)
  • CT-8
  • I-395
  • CT-2
  • I-691
  • CT-9
  • I-291
  • CT-72
  • I-384
  • CT-20 (Bradley Field Connector)
  • US-7 (all expressway segments)
  • CT-3 (Glastonbury)
  • US-6 (Willimantic Bypass)
  • CT-11
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #43 on: February 14, 2019, 06:44:33 AM »

Arkansas doesn't have enough freeways to justify a hierarchy.  Oh, well, we'll throw one together anyway.

I-40
I-30
I-440
I-430
I-630

I-55
I-49
I-540
I-530
US-67(FutureI-57)
I-555

US-412(Future???)
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« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2019, 06:48:08 AM »

Arkansas doesn't have enough freeways to justify a hierarchy.  Oh, well, we'll throw one together anyway.

I-40
I-30
I-440
I-430
I-630

I-55
I-49
I-540
I-530
US-67(FutureI-57)
I-555

US-412(Future???)

You're missing a few, such as the Hot Springs and El Dorado bypasses and AR 549.
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« Reply #45 on: February 14, 2019, 07:00:17 AM »

Arkansas doesn't have enough freeways to justify a hierarchy.  Oh, well, we'll throw one together anyway.

I-40
I-30
I-440
I-430
I-630

I-55
I-49
I-540
I-530
US-67(FutureI-57)
I-555

US-412(Future???)

You're missing a few, such as the Hot Springs and El Dorado bypasses and AR 549.

AR 549 would be under the umbrella of I-49 as far as I'm concerned as it's just a placeholder number for Future I-49.  You're right on the bypasses, though.  Hope there's a few more under construction shortly as well for pieces of Future I-49 and I-69, but it'll be a while before they would make the cut in any hierarchy of importance.
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« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2019, 12:44:48 AM »

Wisconsin is more segmented. I would rank them in this order.

I-39/90/94 Beloit to Tomah
I-41/94 Pleasant Prairie to Milwaukee
I-894 Airport Frwy & Zoo Frwy
I-94 Milwaukee to Madison
US 12/14/18/151 Beltline Hwy
I-94 Tomah to Hudson
I-41 Milwaukee to Green Bay via Fond du Lac, Oshkosh & Appleton
I-43 Milwaukee to Green Bay via Sheboygan & Manitowoc
Wis 30 Madison Spur
US 151 Madison to Fond du Lac
I-90 Tomah to La Crosse
I-43 Beloit to Milwaukee
Wis 119 Airport Spur
I-39 Portage to Wausau
Wis 441 Appleton Bypass
Wis 172 Green Bay South Bypass
Wis 16 Oconomowoc to Waukesha
I-794 Lake Frwy
US 53 Eau Claire to Superior
Wis 29 Elk Mound to Green Bay

You missed 151 between Madison and Dubuque, WIS 26, and US 10 east of Waupaca. There's also that short stretch of US 12 between Baraboo and the Dells, though it would be at the bottom of the list anyway.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #47 on: February 18, 2019, 09:13:12 PM »

I know we’ve done hierarchy threads for all of Interstates, US, and state routes in your state separately, but it might be intriguing to see a full list combined.

I-35/94 (tie)
I-494
MN 100
I-394
I-694
I-90
US 169 (metro)
US 52 (metro)
US 10/61
MN 62
MN 36
US 10 (north metro)
US 52 (Rochester)
I-535

The rest are peanuts/expressway bypasses.

US-212?
Agree 212 should be there. Also MN-610 and MN-280. All three are just above I-535.
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Re: Hierarchy of freeways in your state
« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2019, 08:37:26 AM »

Rather than go through a slog of every single freeway corridor I'll just list what I see as the top 5 in California:

-  I-5 simply due to being the biggest and traveling through 3 major metro areas in Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.
-  I-80 due to the Bay Bridge carrying traffic over San Francisco Bay and it being one of the favored commerce corridors over the Sierras.
-  CA 99 between I-5 and US 50 carries a monster amount of truck traffic is essentially the mainline route through the cities of San Joaquin Valley.
-  I-405 due it having the highest traffic count in the country.
-  Tie between I-280 and US 101 from San Jose to San Francisco due to both being the main corridors between those cities.

Some other freeways pretty high up there would be I-15, I-10, I-210, I-40, I-880, I-580 and I-8.

I would put I-710 also for the top rankings for freeways in California because of the amount of Truck Traffic to the Port of Long Beach.
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