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Old 06-14-2016, 11:26 AM   #1
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Route from Colonial RV to Kansas City

This will be our first trip with our FC28. Some of the construction we experienced on the way out left very narrow lanes. Any suggestions? We will leave Colonial 6-15 at 11:00 am.
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:08 PM   #2
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There are apps that tell you construction, map your ride using that. i am not familiar with going your direction, perhaps you wouldfeel better on the smaller highways.
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Where were the spots that caused you the most concern? They may be tight but by law need to accommodate an OTR, min width 12 ft? Narrower than that needs to have an alternate route.
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Where were the spots that caused you the most concern? They may be tight but by law need to accommodate an OTR, min width 12 ft? Narrower than that needs to have an alternate route.
I thought the minimum temporary lane width was 10 feet in construction zones. Maybe that varies by state.
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Most construction zones are usually at least 12 feet wide and will have signs before the previous exit stating the max width allowed. I would say not a concern for you.
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This will be our first trip with our FC28. Some of the construction we experienced on the way out left very narrow lanes. Any suggestions? We will leave Colonial 6-15 at 11:00 am.
Were the narrow lanes on Interstate highways? They should be plenty wide for an Airstream, or alternate routes will be posted ahead of time, as suggested earlier. Driving with tight clearances to traffic pylons and guides can be nerve racking, but just go slow and don't forget to breathe!

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Shifting lanes and concrete barriers can be rough. It helps to have a spotter on the passenger side giving feedback.
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Most construction zones are usually at least 12 feet wide and will have signs before the previous exit stating the max width allowed. I would say not a concern for you.
I looked it up. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 12 feet is the standard lane width for Interstate highways. So if there are width restrictions, the lanes must be narrower than 12 feet.

Anywhere that lane width is temporarily reduced for construction, the speed limit will also be temporarily reduced. If there is a lane offset as well as narrower lanes, the speed limit will be reduced even more. Not that anybody actually slows down, but the temporary signage for reduced speed will give you advance warning to expect narrow lanes.
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The OP is probably to their destination by now. It would be interesting to hear back from them to see what they did regarding the construction zones. I know when I first started towing these were white knuckle situations and sometimes they are still so. Narrow lanes, particularly when combined with shifting lanes, then throw in somebody in the adjacent lane that's not paying attention.... arrgghhhh!

One way to avoid construction on major interstate highways is to travel the major U.S. Highways. Many of these routes are essentially parallel to interstates and the scenery is typically more interesting. Of course, the U.S. routes have their own set of issues. The stoplights don't bother me in a small town here and there but going through a major metropolitan area can be frustrating.

I guess there is no single answer. Maybe combining interstates with other routes as needed but this can be difficult if there are many construction areas.
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The OP is probably to their destination by now.
Of course. But this thread will be here for a long time to come, and I felt it important for future readers doing a search to have correct information. And the notion that the minimum lane width in construction zones was 12 feet is incorrect and potentially could be dangerous if someone accepted it as fact. Which is why I also cited the source of my info (FHWA) so that future readers would know it's not just personal opinion.
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Agreed. Thanks, Protagonist, for posting the source and logic. Helpful to know all the parameters. We unexpectedly (pre-Internet) entered a construction zone with our old 25' AS in the 90's and our inexperienced driver had a very difficult time. She pulled over as soon as possible so I could drive again. The State Trooper behind us also pulled over to make sure she was OK, and kindly did not write a ticket for being out of our lane of travel. Nerve-wracking for her to say the least.
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If you are still on you way to KC there is road work on most of the interstates.


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