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Spaghetti Junction Ranked 11th-Worst Bottleneck in the U.S.
WFPL - 89.3 ^ | Monday, June 14, 2010 | Stephanie Crosby

Posted on 06/15/2010 10:04:15 AM PDT by Willie Green

The interchange of interstates 64, 65 and 71 in downtown Louisville is one of the worst in the country – that’s according to a new study out today from the American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration. It ranks Spaghetti Junction as the 11th-worst bottleneck in the nation.

The report measured the average speeds at which a vehicle can navigate the interchange during peak and non-peak hours.

Chuck Moore is the president of Eagle Steel, which operates in Indiana and Kentucky. He says the bottleneck creates a logistics problem for his company and others.

“If you didn’t have you company in Louisville or the greater Louisville area, you probably wouldn’t bring it to town with the bottleneck that we have,” says Moore. “We depend on the highways to get product from Indiana to Kentucky. We sometimes just stand still on the bridge that is there, and the roads around because of that bottleneck.”

Moore is also the co-chair of the Greater Louisville Manufacturing and Logistics Network – a group that supports the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Other interchanges that ranked higher than Louisville on the list include three in Chicago, and others in New Jersey, Lox Angeles, St. Louis and Atlanta.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: congestion; traffic
Top 100 Worst US Traffic Jams
1 posted on 06/15/2010 10:04:15 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

It was bad when we crossed through. Not enough room to switch to another highway. We ran in circles until we got off and went the backroads.


2 posted on 06/15/2010 10:09:54 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Willie Green

Nothing in Northern Virginia? Hard to believe.


3 posted on 06/15/2010 10:10:52 AM PDT by freespirited (There are a lot of bad Republicans but there are no good Democrats.--Ann Coulter)
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To: Willie Green

Doesn’t list the Orange Crush (I-5, 22 and 57)?

Color me skeptical.


4 posted on 06/15/2010 10:11:28 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 509 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Willie Green
Yep and they are designed that way by "social engineers" who think "designed barriers to automobile travel" will force the peons out of their cars and into mass transit.

The problem is crappy road design and a fascist "social engineering" mindset in State and Federal DOT planning departments.

5 posted on 06/15/2010 10:11:51 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Willie Green
The headline is misleading. This survey only considers trucking routes, so the Long Island Expressway and the Lincoln Tunnel approach and helix; and other NYC metro disaster areas weren't considered.

ML/NJ

6 posted on 06/15/2010 10:12:16 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Willie Green

I see errors.

The I-10/I-19 interchange is nothing.

They don’t even list the 405/Ventura FWY interchange.

Average speed about 2 mph...LOL!


7 posted on 06/15/2010 10:14:15 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Willie Green

11th place? That must stink, if you are from Louisville. To think you were only one or two bad ideas away from making the Top 10...


8 posted on 06/15/2010 10:16:18 AM PDT by married21
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To: Willie Green
Well they listed all of I-35 in Austin, Tx. They certainly got that right.
9 posted on 06/15/2010 10:16:23 AM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: freespirited

Beltway had 3 in the top 20.


10 posted on 06/15/2010 10:17:10 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Willie Green

Great name!


11 posted on 06/15/2010 10:19:22 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Willie Green

I can attest to that! I have driven through there many times and lived there for a year. For such a small town (compared to Chicago, etc.) It has some of the worst highway systems. It is an old sleepy river town that didn’t plan for the future. A lot of traffic goes through it but not a lot stops there so not enough tax revenue for good highways. 25 Years ago when I lived there the circle around the city was treacherous (upgraded since).


12 posted on 06/15/2010 10:23:51 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (Where is the Black Regiment?)
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To: freespirited

Nothing in Northern Virginia? Hard to believe

That’s because nothing actually moves there.


13 posted on 06/15/2010 10:26:15 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things)
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To: freespirited
20 and 27

my worst

#1 - I-95 Virginia
Worst drivers in the world (You all live here, you all know there's nothing around the curve, so why in the hell on the slightest curve does everybody feel the need to slam their breaks?)

#2 - I-87 Between Albany and New York City (Sundays)
It's as rural as can be, it's flat and straight, exits are 30+ miles apart, few cops, this road should be a pleasure to drive on. So what could go wrong? ^@!^ well for starters for some reason even with an open road people still like to drive in the left lane doing 45 mph (Speed limit 65) piling everyone behind them

#3 - I-95 Connecticut
95% of the drivers are doing 10mph under the speed limit
5% are doing 25+ over

14 posted on 06/15/2010 10:26:29 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Willie Green

Odd thing is, it’s still faster than taking public transit! LOL!


15 posted on 06/15/2010 10:26:59 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Willie Green
Atlanta GA also has a Spaghetti Junction.

It can be tough too.

16 posted on 06/15/2010 10:29:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

LMAO!! Way to get right to the point.


17 posted on 06/15/2010 10:31:06 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Willie Green

I see the interchange affectionately known as the “Spaghetti Bowl” in Las Vegas is 12th. Nice to know that our highway planners are seen as idiots by others as well.


18 posted on 06/15/2010 10:31:16 AM PDT by Jvette
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To: Willie Green
I'm familiar with the bottle necks in St. Louis and don't know how there could be any worse.

Possible exception - Birmingham, Alabama, when there's a lot of road construction going on, which is every single time I drive through there.

19 posted on 06/15/2010 10:31:23 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (No Romney,No Mark Kirk (Illinois), not now, not ever!)
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To: nomorelurker
Well they listed all of I-35 in Austin, Tx. They certainly got that right.

I-35 was a nightmare back in the 80's. There is no word that describes it now.

20 posted on 06/15/2010 10:31:27 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Constitution Day

We all knew it’d go there anyway, right?


21 posted on 06/15/2010 10:36:51 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
Of course it would.

Choo choo!


22 posted on 06/15/2010 10:38:14 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Dallas59

As far as I can see, in the US planners take the approach that punishing drivers will increase use of mass transit.

In Europe, planners start from the premise that they must make mass transit easy and desirable to attract users.


23 posted on 06/15/2010 10:39:01 AM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: Willie Green

Atlanta’s spaghetti junction ranks #5.

I guess a lot of cities have such a pasta junction....

I hear Houston has a fucilli junction.


24 posted on 06/15/2010 10:40:59 AM PDT by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: nomorelurker

Yep, I have literally spent on trips to San Antonio an hour-and-a-half, on I-35 in Austin.

Now I just take the more scenic route to San Antonio through the Hill Country, and I get there in the same amount of time.


25 posted on 06/15/2010 10:41:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lazamataz
It can be tough too.

Yep. It comes in at number 5 on the list. I swear the engineering design of the Federal Hwy system in and around Atlanta has to be some of the worst ever. Whoever had the bright idea to merge I-75 and I-85 in the middle of the city with a giant curve in it should be strung up. And I-75 into Cobb County just north of the river goes from 6 lanes to 3. Stoopid!

26 posted on 06/15/2010 10:45:03 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: freespirited
They listed 495 at 66.

I am amazed the ‘Mixing Bowl” is no longer listed in the top 100!

27 posted on 06/15/2010 10:50:59 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: numberonepal

The “white knuckle” on I 75/85 curve in downtown Atlanta - one of the reasons we don’t drive in downtown Atlanta any more than we have to...

That and the merging / exiting is insane on that interstate.


28 posted on 06/15/2010 11:02:14 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Constitution Day

SNORT! LOL!


29 posted on 06/15/2010 11:12:45 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Willie Green
The BQE/Belt merge in Brooklyn is #19?!?!

That's why I moved back into Manhattan! I would jump off a bridge if I had to deal with #'s 1-18!

30 posted on 06/15/2010 11:15:39 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: OldMissileer; 11Bush

I did a search for VA and found nothing. Now I see that they were categorized as “Washington D.C.”

What a compliment that is!


31 posted on 06/15/2010 11:43:23 AM PDT by freespirited (There are a lot of bad Republicans but there are no good Democrats.--Ann Coulter)
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To: Willie Green

In Atlanta, Spaghetti Junction is what I-75, I-85, US-19?

That one didn’t even make the list.


32 posted on 06/15/2010 5:27:28 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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