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Old 04-10-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
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The Worst Roads You Ever Traveled!!

Well, so far in over 5,000 miles of travel from Idaho to north Florida and starting back, here are my 3 top WORST major highways traveled so far:

1) Monroe, Louisiana-I-20: words can't express how bad I-20 is going east the 20 miles before and 30 miles after Monroe. It's a killer.

2) Lake Charles, Louisiana- I-10 going west: Almost 60 miles of unbelievable "hop" and broken pavement; I'm taking the back roads next time.

3) Provo, Utah-I-15: While I aplaude UDOT for doing new construction, the existing situation is very, very bad and almost dangerous. The only salvation is that it's not very long.


The other side of the coin is listing the best:

1)North Florida-I-10 east and west: Smooth, baby, smooth.
2)Mississippi 98 south to Mobile: one of the best
3)Texas anywhere: my experience is that most Texas highways are some of the best in the country, regardless of location. Yes, I am sure they have some bad ones, but for the most part, Texas is right up there for their roads and chicken fried steak.

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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Pick nearly any road in California and you will encounter a huge chuck hole or broken cement joints. The border of any neighboring state.. perfect road surfaces.. makes me crazy..
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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Without hesitation, one road springs to mind: The road into Chaco Canyon (and back out).

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Old 04-10-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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  1. US 69 from Muscogee, OK north to Big Cabin a few years ago. So rough that the spice rack disintegrated and every drawer in the trailer was open or on the floor. May be better now.
  2. I-10 in far east Texas.
  3. Most secondary roads in Michigan last summer. No dollars to maintain them. Saline to Milan is an especially bad ride.

Generally, Texas roads are much better than average. Texas Farm to Market and Ranch to Market are the best kept secret. Generally smooth and straight. No paved shoulders, though. Surprisingly, Arkansas roads have improved a lot in recent years.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:38 PM   #5
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Without hesitation, one road springs to mind: The road into Chaco Canyon (and back out).

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I came out of Chaco Canyon after a downpour. We had about lost our teeth going in on dry gravel. Coming back out, the road had turned into foot-deep mud. Only 4 wheel drive got me back out.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:45 PM   #6
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Last fall we entered Teton NP on US 287. The roadbed was removed for a 5+ mile stretch. Mud and gravel the whole way.

Worst Interstate we normally travel on is I57 in Illinois.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:21 PM   #7
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My vote is for Airslide

California roads suck. It wasn't always that way but they tell us that we don't pay enough gas taxes to keep the roads up. What????? I think that between the gas tax and the sales tax that taxes the gas tax (I know that seems weird...hey but that the Golden State) we pay at least if not more tax for our roads than any other state. When towing Bambi I won't drive on Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley because all the cement in the road is cracked and it's like driving where tanks have running.
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I knocked my teeth last month on I 40 on the Ca boarder on my way from Kingman to Boron. Horrible section. A lot of work has been done on 99 S from Fresno to Bakersfield. It was a surprise.
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I-10 from Houston to Orange is mainly rebuilt. Travelled it over 20-times the past year & one-half. Still some construction east of Beaumont, but Houston to the LA line is now okay.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:14 PM   #10
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State highway 91 in California is rated the worst highway in the USA.

You need to pack a meal when you travel on it.

That's why many motorhomes are sold here.

You have a place to stay while waiting for the traffic to move.

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Old 04-10-2011, 09:28 PM   #11
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Patch of I-70 as you enter Colorado - WoW!
Cali has some real bad stuff as the roads have really begun to go downhill over the past 10 years, boarder to Chula Vista via the 5 - it's really, really getting bad but the 15 from Miramar to Temecula has gotten a little better...
Just few days ago - towing out of New Jersey back to Maryland on Turnpike - rough but there working on it, Maryland to New Jersey side wasn't too bad...
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Worst road or worst highway?

Satan directs traffic on The Belt Parkway in New York.

But the worst " road " that I ever came across, was the back way out
of Canyonlands. It's basically a cliff, that edges up the side of a plateau.
The first 1/8th of a mile is just a little scary, and off road clubs perform crazy stunts there. THEN IT GETS BAD. My nephew started up the hill and HAD to keep going, because he couldn't turn his motorcycle around.
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The WORST (ie scariest) road I ever went on was a GPS error! It was Cottonwood Canyon Rd in the Escalante National Monument , Utah. Thirty five minutes of white-knuckling it. We didn't look at the map and decided since the GPS said we would save an hour that what could go wrong? Uhhhhh hairpin turns where you had to blow your horn and creep around because you couldn't see if anyone was coming. Then there were the drop offs. "Honey, stop the car, so I can get out and walk ahead, then opening the door to find out that I was 6 inches away from the edge and couldn't have gotten out if I wanted too! Then the "lake" in the middle of the road that we were taking a rental van through. I was never so glad to have taken them up on the offer of rental insurance! LOL. At a certain point we passed (luckily at one of the few spots that there was room to pass) a guy with an SOB. We both stopped and the bad news was we were only half way there, the GOOD news is that it would get no worse. I remember him looking at me in disbelief , saying "I've got another half hour of this?????" Yep. Some of the most beautiful surreal land we've ever seen but you couldn't pay me to do that again.
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The WORST (ie scariest) road I ever went on was a GPS error! It was Cottonwood Canyon Rd in the Escalante National Monument , Utah....
That bad, eh? I was planning on driving that road in the near future. Anybody else have experience on it?


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