Skip to comments.Spaghetti Junction Ranked 11th-Worst Bottleneck in the U.S.
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 thats 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 didnt have you company in Louisville or the greater Louisville area, you probably wouldnt 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.
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.
Nothing in Northern Virginia? Hard to believe.
Doesn’t list the Orange Crush (I-5, 22 and 57)?
Color me skeptical.
The problem is crappy road design and a fascist "social engineering" mindset in State and Federal DOT planning departments.
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!
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...
Beltway had 3 in the top 20.
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).
Nothing in Northern Virginia? Hard to believe
That’s because nothing actually moves there.
#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
Odd thing is, it’s still faster than taking public transit! LOL!
It can be tough too.
LMAO!! Way to get right to the point.
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.
Possible exception - Birmingham, Alabama, when there's a lot of road construction going on, which is every single time I drive through there.
I-35 was a nightmare back in the 80's. There is no word that describes it now.
We all knew it’d go there anyway, right?
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.
Atlanta’s spaghetti junction ranks #5.
I guess a lot of cities have such a pasta junction....
I hear Houston has a fucilli junction.
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.
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!
I am amazed the ‘Mixing Bowl” is no longer listed in the top 100!
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.
That's why I moved back into Manhattan! I would jump off a bridge if I had to deal with #'s 1-18!
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!
In Atlanta, Spaghetti Junction is what I-75, I-85, US-19?
That one didn’t even make the list.