9 Mile Back-up

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Grouch, Jun 30, 2022.

  1. Grouch

    Grouch Road Train Member

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    9-mile backup reported on I-81 in Roanoke County (msn.com)

    Just the other night in this construction zone, a highway worker got killed by a hit and run truck. It is "tight" in several places going thru this work area, some places that trucks should not be allowed to pass each other in. My own personal opinion is that trucks should be required to run the left lane unless they are getting off at the next ramp. Speed limit is 60 mph but here comes some "big time trucker" running 70 like there is no construction going on, passing, squeezing those who trying to run through the construction in a safe manner.
     
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  3. flood

    flood Road Train Member

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    I run I-65 every night and most of the construction zones are 55 AND trucks use LEFT LANE... I get passed in the right by trucks doing 65 or better all the time
     
  4. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Light Load Member

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    Please excuse my ignorance as a rookie in this industry and not purposely trying to sound stupid, but I'm curious as to the reason you're saying for trucks to be in the left lane?

    I ask because it seems that would encourage people to pass on the right...generally not a good idea.
     
  5. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

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    Because some construction zones the right lane has been the shoulder lane and that lane is typically not built to withstand constant heavy truck traffic on it therefore they want trucks in the left lane which originally was the right lane on the highway before construction started.
     
  6. dave01282000

    dave01282000 Light Load Member

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    Thanks, that makes sense.

    I can see where problems arise when there is a general expectation for trucks to stay to the right as much as humanly possible.
     
  7. Grouch

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    As I stated, there are several "tight lanes" in this work zone. Plus the fact, you got on ramps and you are constantly dealing with traffic that is merging in. Between the "tight lanes" and the merging traffic, you are better off hanging the left lane. I am sure that I piss those who are impatient when I ride the left lane, but I do what I believe is the safest position for me to be in. Just pass mm 142 you hit a 3 lane highway for a short distance and the right lane has to exit @143. If you ride the left lane, it will turn into the middle lane once you hit 3 lanes. In the left lane, you will not have to struggle trying to get over .
     
  8. nredfor88

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    Deleting my comment as it was basically just made by the post above mine.
     
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    That and the edge of the road is right on the grass or guardrail. A lot of times it'll suck a truck right off the road
     
  10. mjd4277

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    It’s not only the weight-sometimes in some construction zones the left lane is slightly wider to accommodate CMVs than the right lane is. This is especially important for drivers who may be pulling a trailer that is off tracking.
     
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