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Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« on: March 29, 2020, 03:59:47 PM »

I find small towns with heavy truck traffic on their surface streets really intriguing.
Clearly, the interstate system bypassed many small towns, but what are some examples of where trucks are still using the original routes from the pre-interstate era right through the heart of small towns and cities?

Here are some examples I've found:
Lewisburg, PA. The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project (CSVT), when complete, will improve regional connectivity and help popularize the freeway across the river, re-routing trucks from the overwhelmed US-15.
Fultonville/Fonda, NY. Several long-haul state routes converge near a Walmart Distribution Center and major Thruway entrance truck stop.
Corning, AR. Truck traffic is constantly rolling through the heart of this small town of 3,500. Right on US-67, it's the approximate halfway point on the 350 mile journey between Little Rock and St. Louis.
Atoka, OK. US-69 and US-75, both popular truck routes between DFW and the Midwest, converge just north of this town of 3,000.
Kramer Junction, CA. More of a truck stop than a town on one of the more famous corridors omitted from the interstate system, this section of CA-58 was finally bypassed, but you can see the constancy of the truck traffic in this historic Street View.

Obviously you don't have to link to Street View like I did - This is more just a general place to talk about these types of towns, maybe get some extreme examples, and discuss whether there are any long-term plans to bypass, widen, divert trucks to other routes, mitigate noise impacts to residents, and so on.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 04:26:53 PM »

Bath, Pennsylvania, is a traffic nightmare. One truck turning on Chestnut Street (987) jams the entire town to a standstill. I would expect it to have at least an expressway bypass a la that of Trexlertown, PA--maybe reroute 329 along Jacksonville, 987 along Airport, and 512 and 248 along a potential Bath Belt.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2020, 04:31:36 PM »

Fredericksburg, TX

At the junction of US-290, US-87, SH-16. No interstates, no bypass. Busy truck traffic, mixed with being a tourist town with historical buildings, shops lining Main St, the National Museum of the Pacific War, Nimitz Museum, and more. Very interesting city.

A freeway bypass for US-290 and US-87 is currently planned however.

https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/austin/fredericksburg-relief-route-study.html
https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/get-involved/about/hearings-meetings/austin/072319.html
http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/get-involved/aus/fredericksburg-relief-route/072319-route-options.pdf

Page 23 - Design standards of new route, and why using an existing surface radial route is not feasible:
* high speed facility (~70 mph)
* controlled access facility
* four main lanes
* frontage roads to maintain local access
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2020, 05:18:04 PM »

Los Banos is infamous for truck traffic since CA 152 is an expressway of both sides of town but a surface street in town.  Kerman has a pretty high volume of trucks at times trying to get through on CA 145 and CA 180.  Both locales are driven by the local agricultural industry which has a massive amount of freight volume.  It kind of makes me wish much of the surplus railroads of the Central Valley didnít go under to provide some sort of shipping alternatives. 
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2020, 05:32:17 PM »

Chester, IL

Donít have the stats, but the Coal Trucks using the Mississippi River bridge (and the downtown Chester streets to reach it) to get from the Southern Illinois mines to the Missouri river ports is insane
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2020, 07:33:05 PM »

Heber City, Utah has to be up there given its location at the junction of two major truck routes. Most of US 189 is freeway or expressway grade, so it makes a great truck bypass of Salt Lake City if you're coming from Wyoming and heading south on 15 (or vice versa). The other truck traffic stream has to do with the fact that there's a lot of oil and natural gas extraction activity in northeastern Utah along the Duchesne-Vernal corridor. Because there are no railroad lines out there, the vast majority of that oil is trucked over US 40 to refineries in the North Salt Lake area.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2020, 09:10:52 PM »

All of the small towns between I-10 near Jax along US 301 to Gainesville/I-75. Starke is among the biggest of them: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.939677,-82.1113282,3a,75y,335.76h,81.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s7p9_VEpCzV32RIpm6ID2fw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

They recently built a bypass, much of their town is based upon business of that truck traffic so many fear the entire town will fall apart. I always found the line of vehicles getting on the highway at I-10 to be insane as well:
https://www.google.com/maps/@30.2871287,-81.9829509,3a,15y,173.37h,91.84t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sgnX91w_2GKoM6_owrSfRFQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

They also just added a new ramp so it no longer has a light, but that left turn previously would go back for miles on a regular basis. I never understood why more people didn't do what I always did, and pass it, make a U turn, and enter the highway from the other direction if they're not in a truck.

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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2020, 10:58:55 PM »

Until various four-lane sections were built on US 23 and KY 15, Prestonsburg, Paintsville, and Pikeville (23) and Hazard (15) had lots of coal truck traffic through.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 11:21:44 PM »

Hillsboro, Loudoun County, Virginia, population 96 on VA-9 (Charles Town Pike).  The municipal elected officials have complained loudly about the truck traffic on VA-9, though I am not sure what the origins and destinations are (to the west, probably Jefferson County, W.Va. or Berkeley County, W.Va.).
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2020, 11:52:48 PM »

I was wondering about Batavia, NY, with trucks "shortcutting" up NY 63 from I-390.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2020, 12:24:02 AM »

I was wondering about Batavia, NY, with trucks "shortcutting" up NY 63 from I-390.

My goodness, not sure what was going on here because it's not usually that bad.
But yes, it is crazy how many trucks with Canadian plates you'll see on NY 63 and the southern half of I-390.

My (limited) experience with Batavia and surroundings actually has me wondering if a lot of those trucks take NY 63 only as far as US 20 and then take that to NY 77, avoiding Batavia and instead hitting up the TA truck stop at Pembroke before getting on the Thruway. It sure seems like Exit 48A (Pembroke) always has way more truck traffic than Exit 48 (Batavia), and I can't help but wonder if that's what's happening.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2020, 10:56:28 AM »

Morriston, ON is infamous for the two-lane portion of the busy Highway 6 which connects the 401 with the 403 (near the QEW).
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2020, 11:33:04 AM »

Morriston, ON is infamous for the two-lane portion of the busy Highway 6 which connects the 401 with the 403 (near the QEW).

Wow, no kidding!
I've never been that far up Highway 6. It's quite a nice road between the 403 and Regional Rd 97, so I guess I just assumed it was four (or five) lanes all the way up to the 401. You don't notice the volume as much when it's spread out over four lanes, but we're basically talking about enough volume and certainly enough truck volume to warrant a full freeway on this corridor. That two-lane section is just crazy. It actually reminds me a lot of Highway 5 (between Clappisons Corners and Peters Corners is the stretch I'm most familiar with) just with way, way more trucks.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2020, 11:56:05 AM »

Boise City, Oklahoma famously had a lot of truck trarffic but it may or may not have been elimitanted

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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2020, 02:30:42 PM »

On the far western end of my state, I'm guessing Wickliffe sees a decent amount of truck traffic, being that's where the westernmost Ohio River crossing is on US 51/60/62. Trucks use the Cairo bridge, because their other choices are to cross the Mississippi on I-155 or the Ohio on I-24.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2020, 03:52:01 PM »

In Arizona Superior, Miami, and Globe on US 60 come to mind.  All three communities are heavily involved in mining activity which of course requires materials be hauled almost constantly.  US 60 between Superior and Miami was so bad that it actually has been recently improved.  Miami and Globe are also great places for train spotting, the former has a pretty infamously bad at-grade crossing. 
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2020, 05:22:27 PM »


My goodness, not sure what was going on here because it's not usually that bad.


Going the other way on the same day, it looks like they're doing traffic signal replacement work.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2020, 12:26:03 PM »


My goodness, not sure what was going on here because it's not usually that bad.
Going the other way on the same day, it looks like they're doing traffic signal replacement work.

Nice find - that makes sense!
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2020, 01:58:27 PM »

US 20 in Ohio between Toledo and Cleveland gets a lot of truck traffic, generated by both local traffic and longer range shunpikers.

The following towns have the 4 lane US 20 going right through their central business district: Woodville (2,135), Bellevue (8,202), Monroeville (1,400)
There's also Clyde (6,325), which has it as a 4 lane arterial that passes north of the central business district, and Wakeman (1,047), which is on the 2 lane portion.

Norwalk (17,012) and Fremont (16,734) have freeway bypasses.
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2020, 09:56:14 PM »

US 20 in Ohio between Toledo and Cleveland gets a lot of truck traffic, generated by both local traffic and longer range shunpikers.

The following towns have the 4 lane US 20 going right through their central business district: Woodville (2,135), Bellevue (8,202), Monroeville (1,400)
There's also Clyde (6,325), which has it as a 4 lane arterial that passes north of the central business district, and Wakeman (1,047), which is on the 2 lane portion.

Norwalk (17,012) and Fremont (16,734) have freeway bypasses.

Norwalk's high school sports teams are called the "Truckers".  I always thought it was because of heavy truck traffic through there, which isn't really the reason.  A Norwalk-based company formed in the mid-40's called Norwalk Truck Lines, which specialized in shipping various type of freight throughout the Midwest, was the inspiration, as detailed here:

http://www.norwalktruckers.net/Downloads/Why%20Are%20We%20the%20Truckers3.pdf
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2020, 11:05:55 PM »

This thread has been going 48 hours. I can't believe no one has made the obligatory mention of this town: https://goo.gl/maps/kJTRkKjPzZ4xi8mN6
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Re: Small Towns with Heavy Truck Traffic
« Reply #21 on: March 31, 2020, 11:41:01 PM »

This thread has been going 48 hours. I can't believe no one has made the obligatory mention of this town: https://goo.gl/maps/kJTRkKjPzZ4xi8mN6

Ah, of course. I briefly thought of that while crafting the OP, but I guess I'm thinking more of cases where the truck route runs right through town and a full freeway bypass of the town is needed, not just a revamped interchange. So more like if I-76 didn't exist and all those trucks were actually using US-30 for long distance travel, instead of just getting between the non-connected interstates.
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