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Old 12-28-2019, 07:04 PM   #1
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I-10 Westbound Proving Grounds

Just FYI for those of you travelling Westbound on I-10 from Louisiana into Texas. There are a few sections of road around Lake Charles and the first few miles in TX, that were pretty brutal between poor surfaces and some construction...Had I known I would have tried an alternative....If there is a good road condition resource out there, let me know...
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:11 PM   #2
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I-10 is only bad from Slidel to 50 miles or so west of Lake Charles. The rest of it's fine.
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I-10 is only bad from Slidel to 50 miles or so west of Lake Charles. The rest of it's fine.
That's unavoidable when you're building on soil that has the consistency and load-bearing capacity of moldy cottage cheese.

One possible alternate is US-90, which runs generally south of I-10. Or US-190 which generally runs north of I-10. But those two roads have bad patches as well.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:42 PM   #4
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That's unavoidable when you're building on soil that has the consistency and load-bearing capacity of moldy cottage cheese.

One possible alternate is US-90, which runs generally south of I-10. Or US-190 which generally runs north of I-10. But those two roads have bad patches as well.


Leave it to Protagonist for a very vivid description of an engineering problem.

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Old 12-29-2019, 12:48 AM   #5
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The Slidell area repaving is nearly complete so I-10 is fine From Florida to just before Lake Charles now. I-610 which bypasses New Orleans from Slidell to Baton Rouge is also in very good shape having also been mostly widened and repaved.

Avoid 90 and 190 for long runs, They have repaved some parts recently, but both have very many poor spots.
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I-10 is only bad from Slidel to 50 miles or so west of Lake Charles. The rest of it's fine.
Until you reach the peoples republic of california. Then, in spite of the highest fuel taxes in the Country, you had best be sure everything is securely battoned down, so it does not break loose and thrash around and cause damage.

Knowing how to slalom around pot holes while dodging big rigs bearing down on you at 70mph is also a useful skill... Kidney belts should also be considered...
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Old 12-29-2019, 10:49 AM   #7
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Until you reach the peoples republic of california.
the interstate is a fed issue. take it up with them.
believe me, I wanted to punch Brownie in the nose for that last tax hike, but my remote mountain community now has high grade, very quiet fresh pavement.
I don't mind paying the 12 cents a gallon for that one. (also, I don't drive that much or that far locally. Only on road trips. So I pay $3/mo. for the best road surface in the USA)

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the interstate is a fed issue. take it up with them.
Not entirely true. Federal funds certainly pay a significant portion of the repair cost, but each state must ante up its share, too, and all repair contracts on Interstate highways are issued by the state highway department. Which explains why you often see a difference in Interstate roadway quality just as soon as you cross a state line…
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all repair contracts on Interstate highways are issued by the state highway department.
Are you insinuating the good folks of Louisiana are corrupt? Well I never...
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Are you insinuating the good folks of Louisiana are corrupt? Well I never...
I didn't say anything of the kind. Corruption, incompetence, or indifference, the end result is the same…
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That's unavoidable when you're building on soil that has the consistency and load-bearing capacity of moldy cottage cheese.

One possible alternate is US-90, which runs generally south of I-10. Or US-190 which generally runs north of I-10. But those two roads have bad patches as well.
I work in that region and recommend avoiding US-90 between Houma and Lafayette. I suppose if you have to drive it, dial the speed down; it's pretty bad.
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Just took 12/190 from Vidor,TX to Baton Rouge, LA which was all good road except for Opelousas. Just a bit slower and two lane, but an interesting slice of backwoods LA life.
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