LOUD freeways in Seattle!!!
May 8, 2012 7:06 PM Subscribe
Seattle freeway pavement is rough and loud. Why?
posted by skybolt to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Having jus driven across the country (well, half of it anyway) I now have verification of what I have long suspected: Seattle freeways are abnormally rough and loud. You can see the difference: it's easy to see the large pieces of aggregate rock in the concrete and the ruts cut into the lanes. Why is this so? Why do we have to put up with it?
My first thoughts were the roughness was caused by studded tires, and/or tolerated/created because the roughness increased traction. If that was the case I can't imagine only Seattle would do it and not Cle Elum, Coeur d'Alene, Bozeman, Livingston, Dickinson, Fargo, St Cloud or
Minneapolis. Also I race and quite often quiet pavement is sticky pavement. I'm tired of my ears ringing and having to drive up out of the ruts just to cut the noise!
Let's get to the bottom of this! Quiet pavement for the people!