Dreaded, dreadful, deadly. Which states and roads do truck drivers, traffic reporters, and other experts complain about?
1. I-55 in Louisiana
â€œThe second you cross the Mississippi state line into Louisiana heading south, itâ€™s like driving on a washboard. You can close your eyes and know. I had a cup full of soda one day, and the road literally rattled it right out of the drink holder and all over the floor of my truck. God help you if you think youâ€™re going to play a CD going down there.â€ – Trucker Kevin Johnson, Rushville, Illinois
2. I-12 east of Baton Rouge
â€œItâ€™s one of our deadliest stretches of highways because it goes from six lanes down to four lanes. Theyâ€™re widening it now, but just another two exits because they donâ€™t have the dollars to finish. So that will just carry the problem farther down the road.â€ – Jennifer Marusak, communications director for Driving Louisiana Forward, a campaign committed to improving Louisianaâ€™s highway infrastructure
Louisiana roads in general
“The local paper published a picture of a guy who, to make a point, set a mattress down inside a pothole and was taking a nap.” – Ray Romero, New Orleans traffic reporter
3. I-15 in California (from Barstow to the Nevada state line)
â€œItâ€™s hilly, and the road has a lot of high and low spots. But the real problem is that itâ€™s always so heavy with traffic, and youâ€™ve got gamblers heading to Vegas who are thinking, The buffet in Vegas closes at ten oâ€™clock. I gotta get there. If you hit it on a Friday night? Forget about it. Youâ€™re out in the middle of the desert and you get to the top of one of the hills, and as far as you can see itâ€™s just a string of brake lights.â€ – Trucker Matt Boose, Eudora, Kansas
4. I-79/I-70 interchange in Pennsylvania
â€œIf youâ€™re going north on 79 and you need to go west on 70, the ramp is U-shaped. Youâ€™ve got to slow down to 25 to get around this crazy U. There is a wall around it that is just beat to pieces where people have banged into it.â€ – Trucker Clarence Jenkins, Charleston, West Virginia
5. The Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-78 and I-80 in Pennsylvania
â€œVehicles have gotten wider and bigger since these roads were built, and theyâ€™re still very narrow. Theyâ€™ve also got a lot of hills and curves, and people are always crossing over into the other lane when they go around a curve. Plus, their on-ramps are very short, and thereâ€™s not enough time for people to get up to highway speed. So you end up with lots of people running into the back of slow-moving vehicles as theyâ€™re getting off a ramp â€¦ It seems like theyâ€™ve been under construction forever. We like to say they have two seasons in Pennsylvania: winter and construction.â€ – Trucker Frank Silio, Miami
6. I-95 over the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey/New York
Truck drivers hate this two-level bridge so much that they will drive 30 or 40 miles out of their way to avoid it. In addition to some of the worst gridlock in the country, itâ€™s got potholes galore. Then there are the drivers. â€œYou can sit there with your signal on all day, and nobody will let you over. So youâ€™ve got to â€˜take the lane.â€™ Basically you start easing over until finally someone realizes heâ€™s going to get run over unless he lets you in.â€ – Trucker Kevin Johnson
7. The Will Rogers Turnpike (Interstate 44), Oklahoma
â€œIâ€™ve never driven from Tulsa to the Missouri state line when all four lanes were open the whole way. There is alwaysâ€”alwaysâ€”a mile or two where a lane is closed and you have to merge. I keep wondering, When do we get to pay and use the thing?â€ – Jeff Brucculeri, traffic reporter, Tulsa
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