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Some of you guys take Charlotte for granted

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Chimera    3,446

I should be able to drive 100+ miles in any direction from downtown Charlotte on a major interstate on 3 or more lanes of highway. The fact that 485 and I-77 and I-85 are still two lanes in places is a joke.

I mean let's expand I-77 N to three lanes right up until exit 23 WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE LIVE.

meanwhile, I-85 between Salisbury and the Triad (an area where like 7 people live) is 4+ lanes

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Cat    3,780

i can walk to the rail so i dig that.

i think part of the "traffic" issues we face in Charlotte is not enough people carpool. Ride on Providence Rd from Arboretum to uptown and look at the # of cars with one person.

What kills 485 is from 77 to Rea Road its what 2 lanes? Thats insidious. It should at least be 3 to Prov Rd.

74 is a nightmare except maybe around 2am.

I'm a closet civil engineer so I see so many traffic snafu's where if they put a median here or a no turn left there, it could eliminate so many bottlenecks simply by removing delays that exist.

485 is getting widened in south Charlotte. 74 is so much better towards town than it use to be. 74 in from around Crown point to Monroe is balls all the time.

The rail is almost always packed when I see it. Of course it's one line so it's not useful for everyone. They should have one go to the University, down Independence, and up 77 at least.

485 is 2 lanes because it was one of the first legs built and that area wasn't nearly as popular as it is now. It use to be country land in the early 90s

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the thing about 485 is that i think it was purposely designed this way. i mean certain areas have like a quarter mile of graded land in between the inner and outer lanes. those areas seem to have the worst congestion.

to me it seems there are/were a lot of "meh, that's good enough for now" projects in and around charlotte.

Thank our dipshit DOT for that. North Carolina used to be nicknamed "the good roads state". What a joke.

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Johnny Rockets    3,046

They say that the new interchange where 485 meets 85 near the Mallard Creek exit is supposed to be only the second one like it in the country. Supposedly it is designed to where there are no merging slow downs whatsover regardless of the amount of traffic and all merging will be done at 65 mph. .

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^ I drive up and down 85 every day. I can't wait for that to be finished, the delays suck.

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Jase    12,323

Thank our dipshit DOT for that. North Carolina used to be nicknamed "the good roads state". What a joke.

When the traffic study was done in the mid-80s for that leg of 485, it was all farm land out there. They assumed a reasonable rate of traffic growth but they didn't/could have never foreseen the ballantyne/arboretum/rea road/johnston road population explosion.

The trouble with major new highway projects is that it takes about 20 years from conception to finish.

/our DOT is pretty good compared to most

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When the traffic study was done in the mid-80s for that leg of 485, it was all farm land out there. They assumed a reasonable rate of traffic growth but they didn't/could have never foreseen the ballantyne/arboretum/rea road/johnston road population explosion.

The trouble with major new highway projects is that it takes about 20 years from conception to finish.

/our DOT is pretty good compared to most

when the DOT good ole boy network is salivating over/lobbying for the construction of an interchange for their own commercial development, well, they should have known. maybe that happens everywhere.

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Jase    12,323

As a fringe member of the good ole boy network, I have no idea what you are talking about.

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SCP    30,419

That reminds me, my good ole boy network meeting has been moved from tonight to next Thursday due to a conflict with the In the Heat of the Night marathon watch party. Gotta go to the store on the way home to pick up some smoked gouda for the fellas. There will be a yard dart tourney before the marathon starts so I also need to get something to throw on the grill.

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Zaximus    4,357

They say that the new interchange where 485 meets 85 near the Mallard Creek exit is supposed to be only the second one like it in the country. Supposedly it is designed to where there are no merging slow downs whatsover regardless of the amount of traffic and all merging will be done at 65 mph. .

I'll believe it when I see it. I don't doubt the concept, just the drivers. Everyone around here slams on their breaks before getting in merge/off lanes and just sit there. Hopefully it works though.

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Scrumtrilescent    3,259

I should be able to drive 100+ miles in any direction from downtown Charlotte on a major interstate on 3 or more lanes of highway. The fact that 485 and I-77 and I-85 are still two lanes in places is a joke.

I mean let's expand I-77 N to three lanes right up until exit 23 WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE LIVE.

Don't forget 485 dumps off right there, too. So you basically have 5-6 lanes of traffic merged to 2 in the span of 1/2 a mile.

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Scrumtrilescent    3,259

They say that the new interchange where 485 meets 85 near the Mallard Creek exit is supposed to be only the second one like it in the country. Supposedly it is designed to where there are no merging slow downs whatsover regardless of the amount of traffic and all merging will be done at 65 mph. .

Living in Charlotte and working in K-town, I at least go against traffic but it still sucks until it's done. Lane says they'll get it done in time. We'll see. If you think this intersection is weird, look at what they have planned for the Poplar Tent/85 intersection. Until people get it figured out, there will be fatalities. You can't throw complicated traffic patterns at bumpkins.

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