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Old 01-28-2016, 08:11 PM   #1
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Avoiding the worst hwy in America

Last year I traveled from Macon, Georgia to Wortham Texas. I cant remember which highway I took but while traveling through Louisiana, the highway was unbelievably bad. I lost all four tires on our enclosed trailer and thought the dashboard was going to crack off and drop on the floor. The highway had tire carcasses littering the entire route through the state. As fate would have it, I have to travel that route again. Im pretty sure it was hwy 20 but not sure. Is anyone familiar with the area and is there a better way to go? I dont mind an hour or two added to the trip as the highway was that bad and it would be worth not shortening the lifespan of my motorhome. Any help would be appreciated.
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I-5 or 99 in CA! I'm pretty sure our 50,000# mh left the ground on some bridge ends!
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. . .Hey Mojo. . .Are you SURE it was Louisiana & not Hwy 99 in California? Gonna drive it mañana & already hate it. . .
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Sounds like I-10 through...well most of south Texas and all of Louisiana.
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Whether it's 10 or 20 most any road in Louisiana is horrible. Wife is from there so we spend a lot of time visiting family in the state.

Read in another thread some time back that people lower their tire pressure going through the state to try to soften the ride.
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We drove I-10 thru LA couple of weeks ago. It was fine until Baton Rouge, then it got a bit rough but not as bad as some roads we have traveled. The worst section was between Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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Last year I traveled from Macon, Georgia to Wortham Texas. I cant remember which highway I took but while traveling through Louisiana, the highway was unbelievably bad. I lost all four tires on our enclosed trailer and thought the dashboard was going to crack off and drop on the floor. The highway had tire carcasses littering the entire route through the state. As fate would have it, I have to travel that route again. Im pretty sure it was hwy 20 but not sure. Is anyone familiar with the area and is there a better way to go? I dont mind an hour or two added to the trip as the highway was that bad and it would be worth not shortening the lifespan of my motorhome. Any help would be appreciated.
Traveled I20 last December. While not the smoothest road we had no problems with things falling apart. Reports I have seen on I10 are like yours.
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Probably I-10 but could be I-20, most of I-10 through that area is underlain with what's called gumbo clay. Basically a swelling clay that significantly expands and contracts when it gets too wet or too dry. It plays hell on highway foundations and house foundations too, many people have watering systems around their homes to keep the soil near the base of their house hydrated, otherwise over a multi-year period of expansion contraction cycles the entire house will slowly sink into the ground. Ultimately jacking the house out of the ground is the standard repair.


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It was I-20. I travel that route from TX to Jackson MS often. You will need some dental work after traveling some portions of that road:
-Jackson MS is horrible. But after a few miles west on 20 the road will be fine until you reach:
-Monroe, LA- you will want to slow down and ease through the elevated portion. The road turns good again until:
-Shreveport- This is probably the longest stretch of horrible road from I-220 through downtown. I haven't been on 220 in awhile so I don't know if it's better.

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Is there a good road in Louisiana?
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Yes- any that enter into Texas!!!
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I think it was 20 because I remember monroe. Isn't that where the duck dynasty folks are?
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I just got wadded up in the malfunction junction where I-10 & I-12 come together at Baton Rouge and thought next time I would take I-20 - guess I'll have to rethink that.
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