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Old 02-07-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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Interstate Highway Construction Detours

The one thing I hate when traveling on interstate highways is road construction that requires you to cross over to the opposite side of the highway. This turns the interstate into one-lane for each direction. When you cross over you find yourself traveling in what used to be the outside lane of a two-lane highway. That outside lane usually doesn’t have enough shoulder to pull onto in case of an emergency. I always worry about having a flat tire when traveling on these detours. Usually these detours are seven to fifteen miles long. I’ve decided that if I had a flat on the trailer I would limp to the next exit. I’m not so sure how I would handle a flat tire on my truck.

Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about. The “shoulder” on my side of the highway was no more than 4 feet wide and then sloped severely downhill.

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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And to make things even more challenging is trying to focus that lense while driving.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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No different than for anyone else..............you do whatever you gotta do.

Limp along and hope for a spot to pull to the side ............somewhere!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:17 AM   #4
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I would agree. I have gone through some construction areas where they put the concrete barriers on both side. It freaks me out when I look through my side view mirrors and it looks like a have less then a foot on both sides of my trailer. Of course no body goes the posted construction zone speed limit so everyone rides your @%&!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:54 AM   #5
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And to make things even more challenging is trying to focus that lense while driving.
I've been called out. It does freak Petunia out when I take photos while driving at speed. In my defense though, I never said I was the brightest bulb in the package.
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I've been called out. It does freak Petunia out when I take photos while driving at speed. In my defense though, I never said I was the brightest bulb in the package.

Auto focus cameras do help in times like those. I do share your concerns when driving in these construction zones. I had a flat tire on my camper on the highway side while driving through a city freeway last summer. With no exit in sight, I pulled over on the shoulder and changed the tire. High speed traffic is unforgiving and I am sure vehicles passed within a couple of feet of me. It was a scary moment. We did get the tire changed in less than 10 minutes and back on the road again.
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I would agree. I have gone through some construction areas where they put the concrete barriers on both side. It freaks me out when I look through my side view mirrors and it looks like a have less then a foot on both sides of my trailer. Of course no body goes the posted construction zone speed limit so everyone rides your @%&!
You're right. Those concrete barriers make it even worse, creating a situation where there is almost no margin for error and absolutely nowhere to pull over for a mile or two in some cases. Even if you don't have a flat, it can be white-knuckle towing and Pucker Factor 10.
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But those concrete barriers stop head-on crashes or they are supposed to.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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I had a right front truck blowout with guard rail right up against the right lane. Narrow pull off and 200 yards to the end of the guard rail. Quick decision stop half in the road or ruin a rim. Because of very little traffic I stopped in the road. Immediately put out my warning triangle 100 yards behind 5th wheel and prayed no one hit me and began changing tire. Got luckey and within about 5 minutes a Sheriff's officer parked behind me with his lights on an watched me change the tire. All come out good.

You've got to make your de ision quick when it happens.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #10
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Road Construction - Two Lanes to One Lane

How about two lanes reduced to one lane, which was dirt and gravel on top of the pavement to raise the road above floodwaters? June 21, 2011, on US 12, east of Roscoe, SD. Our toad got VERY dirty.

There were temporary traffic lights at each end of the fill to alternate traffic, but semis crossed it so slowly that the light changed before they crossed. Drivers just ignored the traffic lights and went across after a line of trucks passed. Nobody seemed to get upset.

That mud was nearly black. Imagine crossing this at night during a hard rain with no other lights.
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