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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2019, 07:55:13 PM »

The NJ Turnpike/I-95 section mentioned earlier is possibly the widest I've driven. I can't think of anywhere else I've been which beats that.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2019, 08:08:05 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.

I'm pretty sure I-635 is wider than the Dan Ryan at its widest now. I think the Dan Ryan maxes out at 16 (3+4+4+3, plus the occasional ramp/auxiliary lane on each side), and I see a 17-lane section of I-635 under Montfort Dr.

The widest I've been on, by the way, is I-395 by the Pentagon.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2019, 08:17:03 PM »

In NJ it is the NJ Turnpike between 11 and 14 being at 14 lanes and 4 roadways.

However, talking about bridges its the Alfred Driscoll on the Garden State Parkway now with its 14 lanes as well.  Have that on my youtube page back in 2012 I filmed it.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2019, 08:19:54 PM »

In NJ it is the NJ Turnpike between 11 and 14 being at 14 lanes and 4 roadways.

However, talking about bridges its the Alfred Driscoll on the Garden State Parkway now with its 14 lanes as well.  Have that on my youtube page back in 2012 I filmed it.

Actually, 15 lanes.  7 Southbound; 8 Northbound split into two, 4 lane roadways.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2019, 08:21:44 PM »

Oh did not realize they put 8 on that one.  I have to rewatch my video, but that is even more impressive at 15 lanes wide.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2019, 08:56:31 PM »

From 1995 to around 2007-08, the Lantana Toll Plaza on the southbound side of Florida's Turnpike was 12 lanes wide, back in the days before the concrete barriers separating the dedicated SunPass lanes. That's probably the single widest slab I've driven on which wasn't an abandoned airstrip.

Hmmm...looks like the NJTP toll plaza for the George Washington Bridge is at least 15 lanes in one direction!



Been on NJTP by I-95, 401 in Toronto, I-395 and I-95 south of Washington, but I don't think I've driven by the Pentagon example.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2019, 09:08:52 PM »

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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2019, 10:19:18 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 section of the 401 would be the widest for me.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2019, 10:31:07 PM »

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.

Same for me, used to be part of regular work trips.  Driven the Katy Freeway numerous times as well which I believe is also 26 lanes.

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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2019, 11:16:38 PM »

Looks like Wikipedia somehow calls the Katy Freeway the widest in the world.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2019, 11:23:51 PM »

Wikipedia has a lot of wrong facts if you look hard.  Like US 202 being longer than its parent.  I posted that here on the forum when I was a rookie and everyone here read me the riot act on that one.

I think the writer meant to say longer than the segment of US 2 that it branches from, but many here thought at the time it still was inaccurate to say that on there.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2019, 11:25:03 PM »


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

Does that include just I-395's lanes, or includes the separate VA 27 freeway which runs through the Mixing Bowl?
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2019, 11:37:32 PM »

The Mixing Bowl at the Pentagon, 27 lanes on 7 separate roadways.
Does that include just I-395's lanes, or includes the separate VA 27 freeway which runs through the Mixing Bowl?

I don't consider there to be a separate VA-27 freeway inside the complex, as its connections use the C-D roadways of I-395.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2019, 11:51:55 PM »

I-5 Seattle (14 lanes) in car

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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #39 on: April 02, 2019, 11:54:08 PM »

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.

Mine too.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #40 on: April 03, 2019, 01:06:15 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.
AKA "El Toro Y".  I drive this all the time since I only live 3 miles away from it.  I want to say that at widest spot is just north of Lake Forest Rd.  it is west to east 3 lanes (south truck bypass lanes/Bake Pkwy/Lake Forest Rd exit) +3 lanes (end of I-405 south) +3 lanes (I-5 south) +1 lane (I-5 South HOV) +1 lane (I-405 HOV south flyover merge)  +1 lane (I-405 HOV north flyover) +1 lane (I-5 North HOV) +3 lanes (I-5 North) +3 lanes (I-405 North (3rd lane appears on right during split)) +2 lanes (Truck lanes for I-405) +2 lanes (Truck lanes for I-5 North).  I get 23 total lanes, so I am missing three somewhere

There is also the 2 lane Alton Pkwy on ramp that goes underneath the Truck Bypass before entering I-5 South.  Also an auxiliary lane from from El Toro North on ramp to Lake Forest Rd North off ramp, but that is further south.  Are those the other three?
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #41 on: April 03, 2019, 01:29:30 AM »

As far as I can tell, they're all 12 lanes and a 3-way tie:

  • NJ Turnpike south of Exit 11/Garden State Parkway (northernmost I've driven on it is Exit 11)
  • I-84 in East Hartford/Manchester CT between Exits 55-59, which is also 12 lanes (including HOV)
  • I-95 north of Baltimore MD between Exits 62-67 (including express lanes)
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #42 on: April 03, 2019, 06:32:28 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.

*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.

I was going to say this 18 lane section of the 401 in Mississauga, but this one trumps it a fair bit! I-75/85 in Atlanta is also high on my list.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #45 on: April 04, 2019, 09:33:43 AM »

Mine would be the Pentagon area mentioned earlier in the thread

Next would be the Ontario 401 example, provided that it had that many lanes when I was through there in 2001

Next after that is Atlanta's downtown connector
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #46 on: April 04, 2019, 09:58:54 AM »

ah, here it is
For another perspective (at 2:50):

At that point, there aren't wide lanes. It was still a four-lane highway in that scene.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #47 on: April 04, 2019, 10:45:11 AM »

From 1995 to around 2007-08, the Lantana Toll Plaza on the southbound side of Florida's Turnpike was 12 lanes wide, back in the days before the concrete barriers separating the dedicated SunPass lanes. That's probably the single widest slab I've driven on which wasn't an abandoned airstrip.

Hmmm...looks like the NJTP toll plaza for the George Washington Bridge is at least 15 lanes in one direction!

Been on NJTP by I-95, 401 in Toronto, I-395 and I-95 south of Washington, but I don't think I've driven by the Pentagon example.

The NJ Turnpike's Exit 11, connecting with the GS Parkway, is 25 lanes wide with no express lanes, making it one of the largest, if not the largest, single slab plazas in the US.  There's 26 toll booths though, as the right most lane in the GSV below is a thru lane to a offsetting 2 booth plaza (or whatever you would call that).

https://goo.gl/maps/QgrZE5q6isB2

Other wide plazas (over 20 lanes) but aren't single slab include Baltimore's I-95 Fort McHenry Tunnel at 22 lanes wide including the 2 way-too-slow express lanes.  The NJ Turnpike's Interchange 1 was designed for 25 lanes without Express EZ Pass, but was modified to 23 lanes to include the express lanes, and has a large median between directions.
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2019, 08:37:13 AM »

Since wide toll plazas are being mentioned here, I immediately think of the Bocaue toll plaza on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) - 25 booths southbound, 13 northbound.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/NLEX+Bocaue+Toll+Barrier/@14.8023616,120.9408336,645m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3397ad9ffa8e971d:0x8bb60b77ee98b0a8!8m2!3d14.8023616!4d120.9423903

Somehow it was so congested here this past Sunday that it took 30 minutes to get through the plaza southbound!
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Re: Widest freeway you've been on
« Reply #49 on: April 11, 2019, 12:17:26 PM »

I can update mine, I think, if we include convoluted C-D road setups: I-264 east of I-64 in Norfolk VA, 14 lanes.
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