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Old 12-07-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Road Report Interstate 10

I traveled thru Louisiana the other day and I have to say that I-10 in SE LA, specifically thru Lake Charles, is the worst road I have ever driven on. In 13 years of pulling 5er's I have never had a problem with broken dishes. On this little stretch of Interstate I had a kitchen cabinet fly open, the contents dump onto the floor, and 2 broken cereal bowls. This has NEVER happened to me on any other road. And it wasn't just the kitchen. Almost everything not bolted down shifted. Desk drawers opened and some contents on the floor.

I cannot believe any section of interstate can be let go to this point. It was down right dangerous. I am honestly astonished I didn't break any suspension components.

To say I will never travel I-10 thru LA again is an understatement.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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Thanks for the warning, we aren't going that way soon, but if ever we do I will remember your experience.
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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Can't be any worse than I-70 east of Indianoplis was when I traveled it last summer. 19.5 tires don't roll over 20 in pot holes. If some of those government shovel ready gobs had actually materialized. maybe some one could shovel something in to fill them up. My return trip was on Old hwy 40...more scenic and much smoother. Having traversed almost all of the Interstate hwys I have come to expect a really bad section some where. I usually just get off the main road and enjoy the sights along the less traveled road. As my fellow Rv Mutants are fond of reminding...."Its not the road or destination that's important, but the journey"!!
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I traveled thru Louisiana the other day and I have to say that I-10 in SE LA, specifically thru Lake Charles, is the worst road I have ever driven on. In 13 years of pulling 5er's I have never had a problem with broken dishes. On this little stretch of Interstate I had a kitchen cabinet fly open, the contents dump onto the floor, and 2 broken cereal bowls. This has NEVER happened to me on any other road. And it wasn't just the kitchen. Almost everything not bolted down shifted. Desk drawers opened and some contents on the floor.

I cannot believe any section of interstate can be let go to this point. It was down right dangerous. I am honestly astonished I didn't break any suspension components.

To say I will never travel I-10 thru LA again is an understatement.
Been there, done that. Twice. No worse stretch of road in all my travels. Dangerous at any speed. Problem is, I haven't found a reasonable way around it! Will be heading that way again next month if anyone has a suggestion.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:16 AM   #5
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The problem with that stretch of I10 from Baton Rouge to Texas is almost impossible to keep in repair. The entire road was essentially built through a Swamp. My dad worked construction on that section of road back in the '60's, and said then that the road would never hold up. His words have come true. The only real way to make a good road though there would be to build a bridge the entire length....wait till you see that happen.(lol) The entire road is in a constant state of sinking!!
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:49 AM   #6
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[QUOTE=awwall;1836775]The problem with that stretch of I10 from Baton Rouge to Texas is almost impossible to keep in repair. The entire road was essentially built through a Swamp. My dad worked construction on that section of road back in the '60's, and said then that the road would never hold up. His words have come true. The only real way to make a good road though there would be to build a bridge the entire length....wait till you see that happen.(lol) The entire road is in a constant state of sinking!![/QUOTE]

Yep, your Dad was right!!
If they build a bridge, they'll need to Hang it from Skyhooks rather than building it in the swamp. Maybe then it will hold up.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:40 AM   #7
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If you think I 10 is rough try some of the state highways. For example Hwy 14 from New Iberia to Lake Charles. They have done a lot of repairs on I 10 around Lake Charles and I15 west of Hammond, but we just plan extra time across the state. Lots of time. Great camping like Palmento Island south of Abbyville or Cajun Palms at Henderson.
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We just traveled I10 on 12/3/13 and found only 2 areas that were a real problem. The section just before Sulphur to just past the 210 interchange heading east and then from the 103 exit to the 118 marker at the long bridge. All the other areas were good. We are traveling in a DP with a tag and just slowed down for these areas but after that back up to our cruising sped, 65, with no problem. Just because there are a couple of rough spots no need to condemn the entire road. We have traveled a lot worse roads than this one. Especially I 90 & I 95 up in NY &MASS. Not trying to start a war but we need not condemn an entire road because of a few bad spots. I'm sure there are other states that have much worse roads.
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"We are traveling in a DP with a tag"

The bulk of travelers don't have the luxury of an air ride suspension and 8 massive tires carrying 40,000 pounds to smooth out the roads.
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Has anyone taken 190 all the way to Livingston, TX? It can be picked up just North of Baton Rouge, or East of Hammond, LA
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I 10 is no worse than some of the other interstates I have travelled. I have been on some good, some not so good, and some bad in every state I have travelled, now totaling forty.
Don't condemn the whole road or state because a bad stretch.
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Highway 190 from Hammond west is a small 2 lane road with a lot of little small town and a few speed traps. If you pick it up west of Baton Rouge it goes to 4 lanes to Opelousas, la then varies 2 lane and 4 lanes. Unless you are looking just a slow route to Livingston Tx I would recommend to travel I 10 west to Beaumont the north and pick 190 up there to go to Livingston TX. The road there is better than across La.
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I 10 is no worse than some of the other interstates I have travelled. I have been on some good, some not so good, and some bad in every state I have travelled, now totaling forty.
Don't condemn the whole road or state because a bad stretch.
Been in every state on the mainland and never seen anything as bad as I-10,we do not condemn the whole state.I am in diesel with air ride.
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #14
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Thanks for the warning... We were headed right into it in two weeks... UNTIL your post.

Thanks so much...
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