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View Poll Results: Which is the busiest Freeway
401-Toronto 170 57.43%
Santa Monica Freeway-LA 96 32.43%
Southwest Freeway-Houston 14 4.73%
I-85-Atlanta 16 5.41%
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Old November 4th, 2011, 12:18 AM   #661
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As far as I know there is currently one road that is able to rival the 401 in Toronto, and that is the Marginal Tiete in Sao Paulo. It was recently widened to 20 lanes, and is thus capable of traffic volumes up to 500 000 vehicles per day. However, there are no accurate traffic counts available from this section, likely because it is city-owned and not state owned (traffic data for State Roads in Sao Paulo are online).

In the future, I see two roads that may also be capable of such volumes;

* I-10 in Phoenix, Arizona. The famous / notorious Broadway Curve. It is planned to widen this road to 24 lanes.
* I-635 in Dallas, Texas. It's currently being widened to as much as 20 - 22 lanes.

I don't see other roads being capable of handling anywhere near 400 000 vehicles per day. You need at least 16 - 18 lanes, preferably up to 20 lanes. Few roads have that amount of lanes.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 08:03 AM   #662
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According to the Sao Paulo Traffic Engineering Authority, in early 2010 we had 385,000 vehicles using the Tietê Freeway every day, after the expansion was opened. Link:

http://noticias.r7.com/sao-paulo/not...-20100423.html

That was 18 months ago. Perhaps today we may be approaching 400-450k a day, perhaps not - the Sao Paulo Ring Road (Rodoanel) opened its Southern section in 2010 as well and may have stolen some of the thunder of the riverside freeway, even though it serves the West and South of the Metropolis and not the North and East as the Tietê Freeway does, so maybe the ringroad will only dent demand of the "Marginal" when its Eastern and Northern sections are complete..... in 2020...
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Old November 7th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #663
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Castelo Branco Highway leaving Sao Paulo city

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Old November 7th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #664
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Reserve for next lanes in the median?
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Old November 8th, 2011, 08:56 AM   #665
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I find it unlikely, but who knows
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Old November 8th, 2011, 10:59 AM   #666
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I think this motorway used to have 2x3 lanes with a grassy median. When traffic began to grow, they added the parallel lanes.
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Old February 6th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #667
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I found an article from The Guardian that compares some of the busiest roads on the planet. Highway 401 takes the cake.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/inte...05-interactive
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Old February 7th, 2012, 01:08 AM   #668
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It would be a road in China
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Old February 7th, 2012, 10:27 AM   #669
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While there is no traffic data of China available, it's extremely unlikely that China has the world's busiest road (or anywhere near it) because their expressways are generally not wider than 2x4 / 2x5 lanes. You need at least 16 - 20 lanes to be among the world's busiest.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #670
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I think "busy road " is different from "traffic jam"
as for tokyo expressway , 1,700,000 daily in summer

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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #671
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Kings Highway 401

King’s Highway 401 is the primary through route across Southern, Central and Eastern Ontario. Since the highway’s completion in the late 1960s, Highway 401 has evolved from being a convenient bypass to a vital economic corridor.
Today the stretch of Highway 401 that passes through the Greater Toronto Area ranges from 6 to 18 lanes, and the stretch between Highway 403 and Brock Road in Pickering is thought to be the world’s longest continuous stretch of highway having 10 or more lanes.
There are 19 Service Centres located along Highway 401. These centres are open 24 hours a day and offer motorists convenient access to fuel, restaurants and picnic areas. The centres are located about every 80 km (50 miles) except through the GTA, where services are generally available at almost every interchange. The posted speed limit on Highway 401 is 100 km/h (60 mph).



http://www.inautonews.com/list-of-world-record-highways


But I heard there's a Motorway called the Struma that will soon be busier...

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 06:05 AM   #672
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380000 en 2008!!!

Seguido por el Acceso Norte de Buenos Aires (348115 en 2008).
http://www.occovi.gov.ar/prensa/estadistica.html

Accesos a Buenos Aires (2011)
Acceso Norte: 355463 vehículos diarios
Acceso Oeste: 285891 vd
Autopista Richieri: 210481 vd
BsAs-La Plata: 230060 vd
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Old May 4th, 2012, 02:28 AM   #673
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I found an article from The Guardian that compares some of the busiest roads on the planet. Highway 401 takes the cake.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/inte...05-interactive
The population or the number of cars in Toronto or Ontario is way too low to sustain a busy highway, no matter how wide it is. Most likely the traffic is sustained only for a few kms.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 03:28 AM   #674
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We're talking about the busiest sections. The Canadian 401 as a whole certainly isn't the busiest road in the world.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #675
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The population or the number of cars in Toronto or Ontario is way too low to sustain a busy highway, no matter how wide it is. Most likely the traffic is sustained only for a few kms.
it has more to do with usage than population density. this highway is busy 24 hours a day.

401 is 800 km long, busiest strech of the highway average more than 450K per day, some days it goes over 500K.The same strech averaged over 100K in the 1970s.
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Highway 401 has a volume of over 300,000 vehicles per day for about 40 kilometers in a row, that's quite unique, even Los Angeles or Houston doesn't get that.

There is only one 300,000+ motorway in Europe (M-30 Madrid).
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Highway 401 has a volume of over 300,000 vehicles per day for about 40 kilometers in a row, that's quite unique, even Los Angeles or Houston doesn't get that.

There is only one 300,000+ motorway in Europe (M-30 Madrid).
it means Toronto have really bad traffic planning and congustion. which is true.

this really is nothing to be proud of. Although the fact that 40% of the cars dash down the road at 140km/h also help to speed things up.
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Highway 401 has a volume of over 300,000 vehicles per day for about 40 kilometers in a row, that's quite unique, even Los Angeles or Houston doesn't get that.

There is only one 300,000+ motorway in Europe (M-30 Madrid).
M30 in "Ventas" (300.00+), Madrid:
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Old May 5th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #679
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If one would ever plan a road trip between Madrid and Gibraltar, will one get a chance to travel that road? If yes, then it would be neat

Anyways
Not necessarily related to busiest........but in some places somewhere around the world, more lanes are being added.

I think one of the lane expansions is in America:
-California (Interstate 5 near I-805 and California Route 36)
I heard they wanna make it into something like 22 or 24 lanes (or maybe 26, I dunno)
-Texas
Interstate 10 (some call it the Katy Freeway). More than 22 lanes.

Btw, there's this road in Argentina that is also massive.....and it's not a controlled-access or limited access roadway.

July 9 avenue is what it's called
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9_de_Julio_Avenue
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Old May 5th, 2012, 12:37 AM   #680
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If one would ever plan a road trip between Madrid and Gibraltar, will one get a chance to travel that road? If yes, then it would be neat
That's not part of the route between Madrid city center and Gibraltar but it's a ring road, the oldest ring road that surrounds the city center districts, so you wouldn't lose time if you wanted to drive on M30.
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