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Old 09-12-2009, 09:46 AM   #1
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One of the Worst Highways in America

We just drove I-80 from CA into NV.

That must be one of the worst roads in the country. It's many miles of construction zones interspersed with many miles of bone jarring completly worn out concrete roadway. That highway was worn out 10 years ago and in only now getting some much needed repair.

It's even worse than I-10 across LA!
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:56 AM   #2
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Or I -10 on into and across Texas.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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I completely agree - I-80 from Sacramento to Nevada is the worst that we have driven. It is getting much better, if you can believe that. They are suppose to be done with this latest work in 2012 or something.

I hate it so much that this last crossing, we decided to take Hiway 50 over to Reno. Soooooo much better!! What an amazingly beautiful drive! It took a little longer, but I didn't have to check all my screws/bolts, replace glasses, etc. We ended up driving Hiway 50 from Sacramento all the way to Denver.

I will not make that crossing over the Sierras on I-80 until sometime after 2012. It is not worth the stress on me or my coach.


(ps. I-25 from Cheyenne to Denver gets an honorable mention from me. Last time I drove that it beat the crap out of us)

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Old 09-12-2009, 12:49 PM   #4
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I would vote for I-5 just about anywhere in California. Whenever I can I will go out of my way to use Hwy 101.
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:21 PM   #5
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Hmmm! I just drove I-10 from Houston - East, and then again all the way across from Houston - West. There is one small stretch between Baumont and Orange that is shaky. The rest of I-10 is good. The major construction on the West side of Houston outbound, and inbound is complete.

Now I-10 down through New Orleans, and out the west side, or in from the West side will roller coaster you down to about 25 mph, so take the bypass I-12, or go into new orleans any other way except the west side of I-10 to NO.
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:59 PM   #6
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I've been over I 80 in the last year and it is a cake walk compared to the route I used to take further south of there. We used to take I5 out of LA then over to Gilroy to visit relatives. Then we'd go north on 101 to 680 to 580 to 205 to 5 north again. We'll never go that way again!! There are places on 580 where 45 mph is too fast for the whoop de dos and pot holes and bridge separations. It got pogressivley worse till we just can't do it any more. Now we back track to I5 at Santa Nella and go north again from there. Another bad spot in the road is I 5 thru Stockton, narrow bumpy and full of trucks. We also took 99 south to Bakersfield two yrs ago, big mistake, rough road and far more traffic than I5.
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:27 PM   #7
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I-80 has so much construction going on in so many places that there is actually a web site to indicate where the road work is taking place and the delays to expect. I was over that road two weeks ago. It is getting better but there is a ton of work trying to get done prior to the snow season.
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Two years i had to go to Houston and pick up a coach and i got on I 10 at Beamout and ran it to Houston. Had to be the highway from hell. When i left Houston i ran 59 back to I 20 ,good road.
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They are in the process of resurfacing I-10 south of Slidell to New Orleans and this should be a major improvement. They also have opened part of the new Lake Ponchertrain Bridge which helped traffic flow tremendously.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:47 PM   #10
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Here on the east coast....I95 is the clear winner....besides it being shot in SC...they are doing construction work on it in Connecticut that will definitely have you visiting your dentist when you are done.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:23 PM   #11
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I agree with I-80 pretty much all the way from San Francisco to at least Truckee if not Reno as the worst. We traveled it about a year ago and at that time it was awful! We are from Alaska and we never encountered anything that bad in AK.

We drove across Texas on I-10 this spring and didn't really have any complaints. Lots of work going on around Houston though.
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Some spots on I-80 through Nebraska is also really bad. A couple of times my wife asked if we needed to stop somewhere and have the tires checked. We need to spend tax dollers on repairing infrastructure instead of building more.
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Agree totally. We live in Northern California. I-80 to Reno was built 50 years ago and was designated a 20 year road. Well guess what. The incompetent government of California (who charges one of the highest road taxes) used the money for "other things;" i.e., welfare, hiring teachers to teach illegals, etc. The entire I-80 road is terrible with worse places over Donner Summit, Davis area and going through Fairfield. A couple of years ago, coming over Donner Summet, we actually broke cubboard drawers due to the grooves left by truckers. We had to stay in the right lane so were just jarred to pieces. We vowed then we would never travel over I-80 again until it is repaired. The state of Calif. is finally repairing it! About 30 years after it should have been redone. Par for California.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:10 PM   #14
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I was lost in NYC after dropping my wife and kids off in at a relatives in LI, I think I was on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The pavement had potholes so deep the rebar was showing!

This was in 2004, at that time we had a 1993 Gulfstream class C with the TV cabinet with the accordion door behind the driver seat.

After about ten minutes on that road, I heard a loud Crash behind and above my head! After getting off at the next safe place, I discovered the TV cabinet had fallen down!

That was be far the worst highway I've ever been on. I95 in SC and I85 from Henderson to the NC/VA line are bad, but don't even come close!

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