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post Nov 19 2013, 02:12 PM
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We’re just curious if anyone else was stuck in (or saw) the traffic jam that we were in. It was on Thurs. Nov. 14 just north of Ft. Worth on southbound I-35.

Just as we passed the Golden Triangle Blvd exit about 11:30 am, we saw signs that said there was construction at Basswood Blvd about 4 mi ahead and to expect delays. Just after that, traffic slowed quite a bit. We got to Heritage Trace Parkway and thought about getting off, but the service road was really stacked up. Since the traffic on the highway was still moving a little bit and because we were not familiar with the arterial roads, we chose to stay on the freeway. Then just after that exit, everything came to a standstill. The next exit was 2 miles away, and it literally took us 2 hours to get there (no exaggeration!). We couldn’t imagine why construction was allowed to bring traffic to a standstill on a major freeway. There should always be some way to keep cars moving. Even if they were channeling vehicles down into one lane, traffic should have moved faster than it was. By this time many cars were driving across the median to get to the service road, but we could not do that in the motorhome.

When we finally got to the Hwy 287 exit, we had had enough and got off, but any road going south was still really stacked up, so we took 287 back to the north until the traffic thinned out, and then we wound our way around until we finally got down to Loop 820 on the west side of Ft Worth. That detour took us 45 min., but we felt like it was the right decision because at the time we got off, Basswood was still 2 mi. (and probably 2 hours) away, and then we had no idea just how long it would take to drive through the actual construction area. We could have been stuck many more hours.

However, the detour meant that we never got to see what the big hold up was. We thought there might also have been a wreck, but we never heard anything on the news about it.

So my question is: was anyone else in that mess and/or did you see what caused it?
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post Nov 21 2013, 11:13 AM
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Yes, a CB is a valuable tool, and yes, we do keep an eye on the truckers to see which lane they are moving to. Both of these are good tips. It was just so frustrating to be caught between exits and not be able to do anything for 2 hours. However, we eventually made it through the mess, but we had to make an unplanned extra stop for fuel, and when we finally got to I-20 we decided to stop for the night which was also unplanned. We stopped a little earlier in the afternoon than usual, but we really needed to get off the road for our mental health. We drove by a great park west of Ft Worth, and as soon as we passed it, we decided to turn around and go back. They had a spot available so all was well again. smile.gif
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