Truck Route

Posted Sunday, November 20, 2011, at 9:07 AM
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  • Scary, huh? Ponder a guesstimation of mine, based on the fuel and highway deterioration that is probably going to cripple the trucking industry. Imagine, seeing on the present highway system, Rickshaw type bicycles, hauling freight, coast to coast. Now, that will be a very busy highway, or a very vacant highway, with very skinny people hobbling down the 36-land path. (^8 Just a thought. Glad you had a safe trip.

    Happy Thanksgiving, one and all.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Sun, Nov 20, 2011, at 12:00 PM
  • Passed right through my neck of the woods. I'm off the chesterton/valparaiso exit (#31) in Indiana.

    The toll road through Indiana was Leased out a few years ago.

    It was before I even considered moving out here so I'm not sure of all of the detail but from my understanding, it was a great deal for the state.

    The Hammond-Portage segment of the toll road is actually a lot heavier traffic than I-80 Nebraska. The construction doesn't help much either. It looks as though theyre about done though and it'll been expanded to 3 lanes both directions from Chicago to right before Lake Station.

    I'm kind of thinking that you probably got on the toll road around Lake Station a couple miles before the Portage toll and had the pleasure of missing the traffic.

    The also just completed construction on non-toll portion of I-80 right after Illinois-Indiana border. I haven't been on that part since it's been completely opened but in the middle of the project they had the I-65 ramp closed on the westbound side so all the truck traffic would have to detour west then circle back. you could wait an hour in stop and go traffic to get from exit 3 to the toll road exit. something like 20 miles.

    -- Posted by npwinder on Sun, Nov 20, 2011, at 10:17 PM
  • I probably do err, but my echo-chamber is telling me that there was a Federal stipulation that I-80 was to be 'Free - Way' not 'Toll - way.' No big deal, I guess, since no Governing body feels they must adhere to laws passed by predecessors. Just a thought.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 4:25 PM
  • You're probably correct. I haven't found anything that said one way or another.

    I will say that I don't mind the toll road. Much less traffic then the non-toll roads you can take. Also seems to be less law enforcement most days. takes a couple trips to get used to people passing you at 90 but once you do they make fantastic bird dogs.

    -- Posted by npwinder on Mon, Nov 21, 2011, at 11:20 PM
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