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Old 02-14-2016, 06:25 PM   #1
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Interstate 40 Driving Conditions

I'm planning a trip out west from Tennessee. Someone told me today that I 40 is a terrible piece of highway. Can anyone tell me the condition of I 40?


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Old 02-14-2016, 07:15 PM   #2
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I live about two miles from I-40, and drive the road all the time. We live on the West side of the state. Just drove back from OKC today. Most all of the road construction is finished from OKC to Texas state line except for the bridge repair at the Canidian river. The rest of the highway is is in very good shape. Their is a new rv park on the west side of OKC, ON South side of interstate. Elk City, where I live has nice campsites at the small lake on the South side of town. Water, electricity, and it's FREE! Can't tell you much about the East side of the state except that stretch of road from OKC TO Arkansas is usually pretty good road.

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IMO it is no better or worse then any other interstate. They all have their good and bad sections along with construction. Remember if you never leave the interstate the view never changes. I would be more concern about latitude and weather then road condition depending when you travel.
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:05 PM   #4
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Interstate 40 Driving Conditions

I have driven I40 from one side of the country to the other... It is as good as any freeway, good spots and bad spots...

This time of year, I'd rather be on I40 than I80, and would rather be on I10 than I40. Actually, I'd rather be on I95 heading south of Jacksonville, or I75 heading south from GA...
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I can't believe the reputation of I-40! The tales must be held over from years past. We've driven it recently through AZ and NM and it was o.k.
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what lake in Elk City?
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It's been a while since we traveled I-40 but when we did the worst sections seemed to be around Little Rock and OKC. We would catch I-40 at Memphis and travel to Flagstaff, AZ going to Las Vegas.

There is a nice KOA w/full HU at Salisaw, OK for the east side of Oklahoma and on the west side of Oklahoma the city park at Sayre has a nice park with only water & electric and a separate dump site. Both parks are easy on/off exits for the interstate but far enough away you don't have the noise.

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We drove from Knoxville all the way to and back from Albuquerque last October. Overall I40 was in good condition but the worst area was the east side of Arkansas, there was a ~50 mile stretch that was terrible.

I would follow the truckers and follow their lead, if for some reason they shifted to the left lanes it usually meant bad roads on the right.
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We live in Little Rock and travel both directions on I-40. This road is in really good shape now that the construction is finished. Still some rough stuff just west of Memphis for about 5 miles or so.

I-30 splits off of I-40 at Little Rock, take I-440 loop, and it runs through Dallas where you can connect to good roads to the west there.
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Originally Posted by scoutdad View Post
what lake in Elk City?
It's just called Elk City lake. The lake is straight West of the golf course. I knew the city had built these rv sites with hook ups, but I didn't know they were free.
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in AZ basically good. some construction, limited rough spots. In CA again some construction, but good condition.

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Just drove it from CA to Flagstaff. It is okay except there are dips occasionally like I have never seen on interstates anywhere else. The good news is that there are signs telling you when they are coming. Believe them. Also if you have traffic in front of you watch for them hitting the dips and you will know exactly where they are.
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Drove from Memphis to Barstow last summer and as said above it is like every other US freeway - some real good highway and some not good at all. Unfortunately I don't remember what areas were good and or bad.
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Here's a hint. Find the US highways etc. Nothing to be seen on the interstate. We use a Rand McNally motor carrier atlas. If its a red road we travel on it. Much more scenic and relaxing

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