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Widest freeway you've been on
« on: April 02, 2019, 08:33:51 AM »

What is it, and how many lanes does it have?

For me, I think it's this segment of ON 401 near Toronto, which has about 15 lanes, depending on how you count.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 08:34:40 AM »

I-75/85 in Atlanta.

The Turnpike section mentioned below is wider, and I have been on it.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 08:50:04 AM »

The 18 lane section of the NJ Turnpike between Exits 14 and the 95E/W split. https://goo.gl/maps/8Vk2112Wrfp
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 08:52:01 AM »

The 18 lane section of the NJ Turnpike between Exits 14 and the 95E/W split. https://goo.gl/maps/8Vk2112Wrfp

Now you've got me thinking. I may have been on that stretch. I'll have to take a Street View tour and attempt to identify if/when.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 09:06:12 AM »

I-5, just south of the I-405 split in Orange County CA, has 26 lanes divided into six roadways (HOV, regular, truck). I've driven it multiple times.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2019, 09:33:49 AM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

*I say "exit roadway" rather than "C/D road" because it doesn't provide access to the southbound thru lanes—it's only for exiting traffic. Thus, the "C" part of "C/D" doesn't really fit and "D road" sounds to me like a very low-importance European road.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2019, 09:36:27 AM »

The Katy Freeway (I-10).

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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2019, 09:44:57 AM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

*I say "exit roadway" rather than "C/D road" because it doesn't provide access to the southbound thru lanes—it's only for exiting traffic. Thus, the "C" part of "C/D" doesn't really fit and "D road" sounds to me like a very low-importance European road.

Right around here, I think I can get that count up to as high as 27 briefly. Regardless of the exact number, I'm betting this is my winner since I haven't been on the part of I-5 mentioned above.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2019, 09:52:18 AM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

*I say "exit roadway" rather than "C/D road" because it doesn't provide access to the southbound thru lanes—it's only for exiting traffic. Thus, the "C" part of "C/D" doesn't really fit and "D road" sounds to me like a very low-importance European road.

Right around here, I think I can get that count up to as high as 27 briefly. Regardless of the exact number, I'm betting this is my winner since I haven't been on the part of I-5 mentioned above.

Yeah, I've never been on I-5 at all, so I was pretty confident in my answer. The Golden Glades in Florida may be the biggest tangle of ramps I've been through, but I'm reasonably sure that no single road passing through there has 25+ lanes.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2019, 10:13:12 AM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2019, 10:30:42 AM »

The 18 lane section of the NJ Turnpike between Exits 14 and the 95E/W split. https://goo.gl/maps/8Vk2112Wrfp

Now you've got me thinking. I may have been on that stretch. I'll have to take a Street View tour and attempt to identify if/when.

That would have to be mine.  I know I've driven that stretch.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2019, 10:42:42 AM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.

Ah, didn't realize that has more lanes. In that case, that would be the widest for me.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2019, 11:59:16 AM »

14 lanes on the Dan Ryan (I-90/94)

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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2019, 12:10:34 PM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.

Ah, didn't realize that has more lanes. In that case, that would be the widest for me.

Yep - Same here.  Although, at which point does each carriageway take on a different number?  Is it considered 95 across all 27 lanes, or is there a mix of 95, 395 and 495.  At that point, does that skew the definition of the widest freeway, when it's really 3 different freeways?
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2019, 12:23:28 PM »

The 18 lane section of the NJ Turnpike between Exits 14 and the 95E/W split. https://goo.gl/maps/8Vk2112Wrfp
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2019, 12:29:02 PM »

I-10 (Katy Fwy) at Beltway 8. 26 lanes .... not too shabby
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2019, 12:46:07 PM »

What is it, and how many lanes does it have?

For me, I think it's this segment of ON 401 near Toronto, which has about 15 lanes, depending on how you count.

That's mine as well.  I was on it last summer.  The first time I was on it, 1969, I think it was 8 lanes even then.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2019, 01:32:46 PM »

I-465 just north of I-70 on the east side of Indy. I have no clue how many lanes it is.
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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2019, 02:27:49 PM »

Widest I've driven was West Main Street in Rapid City- six lanes, double yellow lines for the median.

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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2019, 04:09:20 PM »

Unless I'm missing somewhere, the Downtown Connector in Atlanta (75/85) maxes out at 14, which ties this section of I-15/80 in Salt Lake City.

If we're allowed to count C/D lanes, then my winner becomes this part of I-15/80 just to the south, which features 18 lanes spread across 4 carriageways.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2019, 04:30:41 PM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.

As with several others above, this is likely the widest for me as well.

As far as the widest freeway without separate carriageways going the same direction, it has to be the short I-405/CA 22 concurrency near Long Beach at 16 lanes (2 HOV, 4 mainline, and 2 exit only lanes each direction).
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2019, 04:37:29 PM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.

Ah, didn't realize that has more lanes. In that case, that would be the widest for me.

Yep - Same here.  Although, at which point does each carriageway take on a different number?  Is it considered 95 across all 27 lanes, or is there a mix of 95, 395 and 495.  At that point, does that skew the definition of the widest freeway, when it's really 3 different freeways?


Just to make it clear, "Beltway" was referring to I-395 passing the Pentagon, which is the original and real "Mixing Bowl," and not to the Springfield Interchange (which is sometimes erroneously referred to using that name by local media types). I cited the Springfield Interchange thinking it was the widest I've travelled, but Beltway said the Pentagon area has more lanes (which I didn't know), so I then said the Pentagon area would be the widest for me as I drive through that area quite frequently.
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2019, 05:31:13 PM »

I think it would be the Dan Ryan for me as well, unless there's any freeway in the DFW metroplex wider than it. I don't think there is.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2019, 05:35:20 PM »

I drive through this regularly: I-95 immediately south of the Beltway in Springfield, Virginia, has a total of 24 or 25 lanes across seven carriageways/flyovers. It's a rare situation where the southbound exit roadway* has more lanes (six, at its widest) than any of the carriageways for thru traffic.

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.

Ah, didn't realize that has more lanes. In that case, that would be the widest for me.

Yep - Same here.  Although, at which point does each carriageway take on a different number?  Is it considered 95 across all 27 lanes, or is there a mix of 95, 395 and 495.  At that point, does that skew the definition of the widest freeway, when it's really 3 different freeways?


Just to make it clear, "Beltway" was referring to I-395 passing the Pentagon, which is the original and real "Mixing Bowl," and not to the Springfield Interchange (which is sometimes erroneously referred to using that name by local media types). I cited the Springfield Interchange thinking it was the widest I've travelled, but Beltway said the Pentagon area has more lanes (which I didn't know), so I then said the Pentagon area would be the widest for me as I drive through that area quite frequently.

Thanks for the clarification. I've been through both several times. The Mixing Bowl feels like more lanes than I-395 near the Pentagon, but both are huge and confusing to those unfamiliar with the area. I'm new to So Cal so I'm sure I'll hit that I-5 mess in Orange County soon enough. I've already handled the challenge of navigating through the I-5/I-10/US 101/CA 60 cluster.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2019, 07:44:03 PM »

Unless I'm missing somewhere, the Downtown Connector in Atlanta (75/85) maxes out at 14, which ties this section of I-15/80 in Salt Lake City.

Just south of the northern 75/85 split it reaches 16 lanes (7+2 HOV southbound, 6+1 HOV northbound). That's not counting any of the ramps right there, and also not counting the 4-ish no-longer-used "lanes" in the median.
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