Talk:Interstate 635 (Texas)

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Total lane amount and ambiguity - Widest Highway Award (possible)[edit]

So at the High Five Interchange, the 635 has 14 regular highway lanes (10 "normal" and 4 express lanes), which is a lot but not extraordinary for a large suburban metro.But then the 75 and 635 have six lane frontage roads, all four directions (NSWE) having three through lanes. So counting the frontage lanes, since they are integral to Texas highway design, the 635 is a 20-lane freeway. That's record pushing for the US at least. LA is littered with freeways, but they are not quite that wide, up to 14 or 16 lanes, but all freeway no frontage counted. NYC and older metros have worse congestion and stats that would call for 20 lanes plus, but they are more urban and would have to use a vertically raised tarmac over the existing ones, which is often alluded to but never really done. South Florida/Miami area, the "forgotten metro" in terms of recognition of size and growth, is also pushing the boundaries of all their highways, with several up to 12 lanes and a max of 14 if counted dubiously, but with new express lane and Turnpike widening currently underway, could see a push to 16 or more. DFW and Houston have awful traffic and long commutes. They are worse than Miami as far as being physically larger, more spread out and suburban metros, but are actually no bigger in terms of population (all three are about six million). That may be a bit surprising, almost anybody would say DFW and Houston are "much larger" than Miami. Can't think of any other place that would have more than a 12-lane highway. B137 (talk) 00:59, 11 November 2016 (UTC)