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But What Is An On-Ramp?

On and off ramps feel essentially non-existent.

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Whenever entering any of the major highways in Austin, you are accessing the highway via a service road. When entering onto the highway, there is no continuous on-ramp lane that allows you to accelerate up to a sufficient speed to match the flow of traffic. Typically, the farthest right highway lane and the on-ramp merge into one at the yield sign. Since cars are merging together at such high speeds, it's pretty dangerous. Also, the drivers in the farthest right lane sometimes have to decelerate in order to allow the entering car into the lane. Or that same driver will merge left, further into the highway which causes the driver in that left lane decelerate. and it domino effects from there. This is always the case during high traffic times. Typically, the furthest left lane is the only lane that is still moving at a quicker pace. The right lanes are all slowed down because of the amount of drivers merging onto the highway. Another reason this is dangerous is because during those high traffic times, there is a typical stopping point in traffic. And in some scenarios, like driving on 183 south where there is on ramp right after Burnet, the stopping point is right after a turn and you essentially have to slam the brakes in order to not rear end the car in front of you.

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Amen! Mopac is also prime example. At 7:15 PM from Windsor to 360 its at a standstill. At 7:15! PM! Why? Every on ramp is one foot long and causes a backup that causes a backup, that cause a backup. ARGH!