The layouts here are so much different that most other places. I’m totally spoiled by frontage roads. I’m 20 miles from the loop, I-610, and 10 miles outside Beltway 8, but just a couple miles inside the Grand Parkway*, which is ±30 miles from downtown. I could get on the feeder road at 610 and drive north for probably 40 miles, into the next county, through Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, and Conroe - all on the feeder road. There are places along the northern stretch where the exits are more than 1.5-2 miles apart, but with three to six lanes each way and wide shoulders, there is usually a way around even very major accidents with fuel spills. Major accidents during our extended “rush hour” periods** make things miserable, but even then, you’re not often at a dead stop for more than a minute or two (though you might be at a dead stop 20 times in 15 minutes… stop, creep forward, stop, creep forward… Arg.)
I haven’t been to Indy in many years, but as I recall, it is a lot like Cincy. Freeway exits go to whatever street and that’s it. Seems like most of the DC area is like that, too.
- We have three loops! Plans for the Grand Parkway go back to the 60s, and were revived & firmed up in the 80s, but a lot of people along the routes crapped themselves when the state actually started building it several years ago. It isn’t done yet, though; only goes about half way around continuously.
** Rush hours are 6:30 - 9am and 3-7pm, but Mondays and Fridays are sometimes earlier/later.