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Old 06-29-2006, 12:19 AM   #1
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Most miserable road you drive

This is the road you hate to drive on but seem to use it anyway and why.

I despise interstate 5 in Ca. where it goes through the San Jaquin valley. No offense to anyone who lives there but it's ugly,dreary and stinks. Especially near that cattle yard. Yet I take it several times a year on my way to Oregon. How about you?
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
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I-95. We have to take it when we go North to visit relatives in the Northeast. It always seems to be under construction, and traffic is horrible, but there is really no alternative, if you want to get there in a reasonable time.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:26 AM   #3
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I have to agree with Terry about I-95. It doesn't seem to matter where you're going, there are parts that are perpetually under construction, overcrowded, or in a state of disrepair. Rt. 27 from Miami to outside of Orlando is still one of my favorite rides. Flat, straight, with an occasional armadillo.
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New Jersey Tunrpike. My all time dis liked road. Genreally any Interstate.
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:42 AM   #5
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Been from Alaska to Mexico...through Canada and from California Redwood forests to the New York Islands with Airstream.

Absolute WORST road (including gravel Alcan Hiway) is 20 miles North of Seattle Washington to 20 miles South on I-5......thought I would die or just bounce and rattle apart.

even tried it at midnight last time and still horrendous traffic and "Road From Hell". I don't know how anyone could live with that daily.

Have a bake sale...fix the road!!!
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I-80 in western Iowa and again in several spots crossing Wyoming. Nasty washboard. Drive slower and it's Mike Tyson pounding on your lower back, drive faster and you suffer high-speed three stooges slaps. An absolute treat everytime I drive between Oregon and Indiana.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:13 AM   #7
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Beltway DC

ANYWHERE inside the beltway around DC. Has to be the worst roads and ease of figuring out the directions is poor. Not enough signs and early warning to get to the exits.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:19 AM   #8
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My most miserable roads are the ones that terrify me. I'm always amazed that people who obsess over losing their lives in low-probability tragedies like terrorism or (in most locales) violent crime, cheerfully hop into their cars and casually subject themselves to the single most likely cause of their accidental deaths (50,000/yr). Anyway off the soapbox...

I've got to nominate:

US23 from where it leaves I75 near Toledo, OH through it's rejoining I75 and on through Flint, MI. Heavy traffic, and absolutely insane tailgaters, who seem to enjoy forming long chains of vehicles in the fast lane, all travelling at 75 MPH or better, spaced about 15 feet apart. I'm the guy in the slow lane, leading my own train at the speed limit, biting my nails and estimating my chances of survival in case of an emergency stop.

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Absolute WORST road (including gravel Alcan Hiway) is 20 miles North of Seattle Washington to 20 miles South on I-5......thought I would die or just bounce and rattle apart.

even tried it at midnight last time and still horrendous traffic and "Road From Hell". I don't know how anyone could live with that daily.
I agree! I've gotten used to the daily commute, but the thing I hate is when we're coming back from a relaxing weekend of camping, and then hit I-5 in that area. I immediately tense up, traffic is terrible, and people driving that corridor love to cut right in front of you when you're towing - happens every time.
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I-77 from just south of Canton, Ohio up into Akron. Always under construction, always lousy traffic and drivers.

I-75 between Ocala and Gainesville. It's a nice road, but traffic is crazy, and the nicer the weather, the more likely you will see traffic tied up because of some kind of crazy accident.

I-271 bypass east of Cleveland, and I-480 are really lousy, especially in the winter.
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"I-80 in western Iowa and again in several spots crossing Wyoming. . ."
Audiobox, how about trying I-90, just up a notch. When we drove part of it a couple of summers ago, we commented on how much better than that "thump, thump, thump, bump, bump, bump" of I80. Just a thought. Maybe other drivers of the two roads would chime in here to compare. ~G
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I-90 is a big improvement, for sure. However, if you're headed to Portland from NE Indiana, I-80 is (unfortunately) the the most direct route.
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What we need is good intel on alt routes off the Interstates. The Interstates just beat the hell out of you and you are exhausted when you get there if it's more than a couple hours. Alt route is interesting and we are ready to go on arrival.
I-495 north of Boston is really awful. Hugh bumps at the the bridges.
Anyone out I-84 Ct to I81 lately. Is it still construction hell.
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I have two road criteria that I use in earmarking a road as being bad. First are those roads with multiple dips in them. You know those dips that cause your trailer to porpoise up and down to the point where you think the trailer will pop off the ball. In that category I-55 in Illinois in the northbound and southbound lanes just prior to crossing Lake Springfield outside of Springfield Illinois tops my bad road list.

The other criteria is traffic safety, and I-44 from St. Louis down to the Oklahoma boarder scares me. The 70 mph speed limit is mostly ignored by TT traffic and having one of those guys pass you at 80-90 mph is absolutely frightening. You better have good sway control and give these cowboys a little extra space as they come barreling by you.

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