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Old 08-15-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default America’s 5 Fastest Roads

Summer driving doesn’t always mean spending hours sitting in traffic and crawling along the interstate on the way to the beach. On the fastest highways in America, some drivers are blazing down stretches of open road at more than 90 mph.



The fastest car on the fastest road in America clocked in at 94 mph heading northbound on Arizona’s Route 79 between Saguaro National Park and Phoenix earlier this year, according to INRIX, a traffic data company that tracks speeds using vehicle GPS data. On this 39-mile stretch — two lanes wide and almost completely straight for its entire length — the fastest drivers regularly reach speeds of 87 to 90 miles per hour. Arizona’s speed limit is 75 mph on rural interstates and 65 mph on urban interstates.

To determine America’s fastest roads, INRIX first looked for stretches of roadway where motorists routinely floor it, then it found the speed range at which each roadway’s fastest 5% of drivers travel. INRIX multiplied that figure by the length of each road to decide the final ranking. The result is a list of roads where drivers put the pedal to the metal over fairly long distances. Inrix counts the same road separately in different travel directions.

INRIX drew information from its crowdsourced Smart Driver Network, which consists of anonymous GPS data points gathered from from 5 million drivers in consumer and commercial vehicles nationwide, from January through June 15.

This year’s fastest drivers are going a bit slower across the board: The average speed across the 10 fastest roads in America was 81 mph, compared to an average of 85 mph during the same period in 2010.

“High gas prices are slowing drivers down,” says INRIX spokesman Jim Bak, who thinks drivers are putting on the brakes to improve fuel economy.

Tom Kloza, an oil and gas expert at Oil Price Information Service, thinks a more likely explanation is that high gas prices are working in concert with the poor economy and high unemployment to keep more young drivers — who tend to speed and engage in the riskiest driving behavior — off the road.

Demand for gasoline in America has fallen since last year, notes Kloza, who thinks cash-strapped drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 may be cutting down on driving based on necessity. Those who are left on the road could be older, and thus slower.

Another factor: police appear to be working harder to enforce the speed limit. On Arizona’s Route 79, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, which covers the highway’s particularly speedy stretch, says gas prices and “heavy speed enforcement details” have impacted how people are driving.

While Americans aren’t exceeding speed limits as much as they were last year, INRIX says they seem to be going faster on the home stretch.

“As drivers travel slower on average to conserve fuel, we see them going faster at the end of trips as they try to make up time,” says Bak. “Many of our fastest roads this year are on open stretches just before entering major urban centers.” And on stretches of road just outside chronically congested areas like Los Angeles and New York City, traffic is also moving much faster than normal, Bak adds.

Here are the 5 fastest roads in the United States where motorists are driving at full throttle:

5. Arizona State Route 77
Heading North out of Tucson up to the AZ-76/Redington Road interchange near San Manuel Airport

Average speed of fastest 5%: 81 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 81 mph
Length of corridor: 4.8 miles

4. Eastbound MI-5 Michigan Highway
Heading into Detroit from the I-275/I-96 interchange to Telegraph Road

Average speed of fastest 5%: 81 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 83 mph
Length of corridor: 4.9 miles

3. California State Route 73
In both directions between Moulton Parkway and Bear Street

Average speed of fastest 5%: 81 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 85 mph
Length of corridor: 14.8 miles

2. Oklahoma State Highway 33
In both directions just Northwest of Oklahoma City

Average speed of fastest 5%: 83 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 87 mph
Length of corridor: 24

1. Northbound Arizona State Route 79
Between Saguaro National Park and Phoenix

Average speed of fastest 5%: 88 mph
Top speed clocked by INRIX: 94 mph
Length of corridor: 17.6 miles

Full list: America's Fastest Roads

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Old 08-15-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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Back in 2008 I got pulled in West Texas doing 98mph in an 80mph zone. I had a clean record, so the cop was nice and wrote me a ticket for 88 mph.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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This study seems hard to believe for me. Outside of cities people hit 100 plus all the time, for bursts..........they mean to tell me they didnt get 1 person going more than 94?.....
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:12 PM   #4
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It seems silly that I10 toward el paso isn't on there since the speed limit is about as high as most of these roads...
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:03 PM   #5
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I'm half surprised the stretch of highway 97/82 that goes up over Umtanum & Manastash Ridges isn't on that list. If you exclude the big rigs crawling up the hills, a lot of the car traffic is flying. Several times I've been in packs of cars hovering around 100 through that area.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:13 PM   #6
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Maybe there was something else affecting the results.

MI-5 isn't even the fastest road in Michigan, let alone the whole country.
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
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I-95 in NJ after the GSP is in the list! That's if traffic is light. I always average above 85 on this stretch on light traffic.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:21 PM   #8
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A few years back, I was heading west on I-80 as I was driving from IL to CO. Nobody in sight in either direction for a few minutes and all of a sudden my V1 goes off, only a single blip, so I thought nothing of it. About a minute or two later, I see a police car heading eastbound and didn't really thing anything of it. A few minutes after that, I watched it quickly approach me from the rear.

Out steps an attractive female cop who informs me I was going 103 in a 75. She let me off with a warning which I still have laying around somwhere.

I wonder what the odds are of someone being clocked in excess of 100 MPH and being let off with a warning? Now, if only I could win the lottery...
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:24 AM   #9
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They apparently didn't clock Alligator Alley. People act like the minimum speed is 80mph.

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Out steps an attractive female cop who informs me I was going 103 in a 75. She let me off with a warning which I still have laying around somwhere.

I wonder what the odds are of someone being clocked in excess of 100 MPH and being let off with a warning? Now, if only I could win the lottery...
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Old 08-16-2011, 06:03 PM   #10
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I was hit at over 100mph on the I-80 in Nebraska last December. One of the only cars on the road around 3am; laser jammers and V1 lit up. Got away with a warning.

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:07 AM   #11
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I prefer slow roads:

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There are large sections of I-15 in Utah that have a speed limit of 80mph.

Are they really trying to say that the fastest 5% in these sections weren't exceeding the speed limit?
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I have been taking I-70 to K-State for a few years now, and they recently upped the speed limit to 75mph. I could stay 10 under the speed limit and still be going faster than these people...
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Back in 2014 I got pulled in West Texas doing 98mph in an 80mph zone. I had a clean record, so the cop was nice and wrote me a ticket for 88 mph.

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