Ken Larsen's website - Rush hour traffic on I-40 near RTP, NC has become unbearable
November 20, 2018: Interstate 40 near Research Triangle Park, NC turned into a near parking park. Traffic was so heavy and so slow that I was traveling at just 8 mph in some sections ... despite no visible sign of an accident.
Here is a dashcam video that starts at 7:06 PM EST on Tuesday November 20, 2018. This is two days before Thanksgiving.
This underscores my belief that we have a huge population problem. [details]
On Tuesday, December 18, 2018 traffic crawled along at 7 MPH on a 3.3 mile segment. I visited a friend in North Raleigh, and at 5:08 PM I joined I-40 at its intersection with I-540. It took me 28 minutes and 50 seconds to travel 3.28 miles. That equates to an average speed of 6.8 MPH. [video of me leaving Route 540 and joining I-40 westbound] Friends have told me that this is normal for rush hour traffic along I-40 from Raleigh almost to Chapel Hill.
Fortunately, I'm retired and don't have to battle I-40 traffic on a regular basis. I used to work for IBM and drove I-40. Traffic then was never as bad as it is now.
If anyone reading this web page is contemplating moving to Raleigh or working at Research Triangle Park, I would advise them to look elsewhere. This place has become overdeveloped.
Impact fees should be assessed new development. [details]