Most expensive tolls in the United States

Nobody likes paying tolls, but they are a necessary evil. The money from tolls is used to fund the construction of new roadways, as well as maintenance. Unless you live in one of the 22 states that don't collect tolls, or a state where you can get by without owning a car, you have no other choice but to pony up and… » 1/06/15 10:15am 1/06/15 10:15am

A Cheaper Highway Guardrail May Be Malfunctioning and Deadly

It's the difference of just one inch. In 2005, the guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries shaved that much off its guardrail design, saving the company $2 per guardrail head. It also neglected to report this design change to the Federal Highway Administration. Tens of thousands of these potentially deadly guardrail… » 10/28/14 5:12pm 10/28/14 5:12pm

There's Just One Highway in America With All Metric Road Signs

For a brief period in the 1970s and early '80s, the U.S. tried to switch over to the metric system, despite objections from real Americans that it was "Communist" or an "Arab plot." Metrication didn't get very far, but one highway remains: Arizona's Interstate 19. » 10/07/14 5:40pm 10/07/14 5:40pm

American Drivers Hate Tailgaters And Left Lane Hoggers

Everyone has their pet peeves. Unsurprisingly, two are shared by a lot of American drivers: Tailgating and left lane hogging. There's no word on if the people who hate tailgating are left lane hoggers. » 5/07/14 11:40am 5/07/14 11:40am

Drone Cam Shows Arkansas Tornado's Horrific Path Of Destruction

As a powerful storm system moved through the central United States on Sunday evening, tornadoes caused severe damage in Arkansas and other states. The destruction on one highway was captured by this drone camera video. » 4/28/14 9:00am 4/28/14 9:00am

Ten Simple Ways To Make Highway Driving Less Awful

A long trip on a boring highway is the last thing you want to do with your car, but these ten improvements could make the drive more exciting and much safer. » 3/12/14 11:10am 3/12/14 11:10am

What The Hell Would It Take To Make Highway Driving Not Awful?

I love driving as much as the next guy. No, wait, I love driving significantly more than the next guy, but even I hate highway driving. It's a ceaseless, mind-numbing progression of traffic and missed exits and bad merging and left-lane hogs. » 3/11/14 11:30am 3/11/14 11:30am

These Failed Designs for the Interstate Sign Are Oddly Disorienting

It's one of those things you've seen your entire life and probably never thought much about. There's that iconic blue shield shape with a white number inside and a single word on a white background: "Interstate." It could've been so much worse. » 3/10/14 1:00pm 3/10/14 1:00pm

5 Ideas To Make Roads Safer for Cars and Pedestrians

"Vision Zero," New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is audacious but not unprecedented. Like almost all good social policies, the Swedes did it first. And we could learn a thing or two from them. » 3/03/14 10:00am 3/03/14 10:00am

Will New York's New Highway "Texting Stops" Curb Distracted Driving?

In an attempt to curb the number of dangerous drivers on New York highways who are distracted by their smartphones, the state is introducing dedicated Texting Zones where motorists can pull off, park, and safely use their mobile devices. But the initiative doesn't require any new construction since existing rest… » 9/24/13 12:00pm 9/24/13 12:00pm

Building a Highway Is Way More Complicated Than You'd Think

There's way more to building a road than just slathering some asphalt all over the ground. The process is actually pretty involved, with a bunch of steps you probably hadn't thought of. And even a little bit of art to it. » 8/24/13 1:00pm 8/24/13 1:00pm

Where Exactly Is the Middle of Nowhere?

We've all said it or thought it or joked about it or believed it at one point in our lives. That damn, we were in the middle of nowhere. But that corn field or dark stretch of the highway hardly qualifies as nowhere. True nowhere is actually in Idaho. » 7/05/13 10:00pm 7/05/13 10:00pm

Firefighter uses Facebook to tell wrong-way drivers: "Don't be an…

When the Ladd, Ill., fire department called for backup to a highway crash, two firefighters found their route blocked by drivers going the wrong way on the shoulder to escape the backup. Their 21st-century response: Bitching out the drivers on Facebook. » 8/10/11 12:00pm 8/10/11 12:00pm

'Carmaggedon' Not Really That Big a Deal, Actually

Los Angeles has been, collectively, freaking out for weeks now about the two-day closure of a long stretch of the 405 (one of the city's major highways) and now, finally, that day is upon us. And it's not really that big of a deal. » 7/17/11 9:00pm 7/17/11 9:00pm

States do a really terrible job at spending transportation dollars

A new report tells us what we already knew — states spend transportation dollars really poorly. Also, they fix roads at really inconvenient times. [Infrastructurist] » 2/23/11 10:15am 2/23/11 10:15am

Swarms Of Frogs Shut Down Greek Highway

Greek police were forced to shut down a major thoroughfare for three hours as "millions" of frogs crossed a highway. Like many Greeks, the frogs were looking for food, jobs and a stable currency. [AP via NYT] » 5/27/10 10:30am 5/27/10 10:30am

Welcome To The End Of The World

It's official: Tennessee flooding is destroying the heart of America. This picture was taken on Highway 7 near Columbia. A word of caution — whatever you do, do not go in there. (Hat tip to intern Kelsey and EricInDenver!) » 5/05/10 4:30pm 5/05/10 4:30pm

The Secret of L.A.'s 10-Year-Old Fake Freeway Sign brings us the story of an LA resident so disturbed by a freeway's poor signage that he built his own sign and secretly affixed it. It stayed that way for almost ten years. Until now. —Ed. » 4/14/10 12:00pm 4/14/10 12:00pm

Help! I'm Being Followed By A Google Street View Car!

"Hello, 911? This weird-ass Chevy Cobalt is following me. I don't know who it is, but the dude keeps pulling alongside and asking if he can 'view' my 'street.' Is that slang for something dirty? Am I being assaulted?" » 3/16/10 4:30pm 3/16/10 4:30pm

Eloquent Eloquence: Esquire On The Journey As Destination

What started out as a painful trip across lonesome I-94 in North Dakota turned into short-form poetry for the boys over at Esquire. Like to read? Of course you do. Read this. » 12/08/09 3:30pm 12/08/09 3:30pm