Runaway Ramp - Unusual Sunday

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 1 March 2009 in Documentary & Street.

On highway 195 descending into Lewiston, Idaho, the highway is a steep downhill 7% grade for 7 miles. This constitutes a distinct hazard to truckers whose heavily loaded trucks can experience brake failure resulting in a runaway truck. Idaho has built four runaway truck ramps on this 7 miles filled with deep, very soft sand which can arrest the most heavily loaded truck. The runaway ramp shown in this picture is downhill, but several are located so they swerve off the road uphill. One such uphill ramp is in view farther down the hill. While brake failures are rare, when they occur these 'lifesavers' are a very welcome sight!

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

You see, attention to safety whereas over in the UK, we allow our trucks to travel at ridiculous speeds with no consideration for the safety of other road users.

A neat shot, Don

1 Mar 2009 4:16pm

daina from New York, United States

Interesting - I've never seen anything like it. The panoramic view is impressive and it is very nice that you captured a truck in this context. Your processing, as always, is spot on.

1 Mar 2009 4:23pm

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Great overview! I like a lot Photo taken while traveling in the car give a sense of movement. Excellent detail even at great distance

1 Mar 2009 5:13pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

love how you've composed this

1 Mar 2009 6:50pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Magnificent view.

1 Mar 2009 7:41pm

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Yep, we get them aswel. We have the joy of 16 degree inclines in some parts of Devon, although not for 7 miles!

1 Mar 2009 7:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

A piece of cake compared to the old White Bird Hill.

1 Mar 2009 8:41pm

martie from US, United States

Nice one Don! I used to see these when I traveled across country, but lately I hadn't noticed any. Sure is good to see them still there.

1 Mar 2009 8:47pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

your road shots are developing into a great series Don.
Liked the beautiful delicate Cyclamen shot too

1 Mar 2009 9:27pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

We have roads with Runaway Lanes every few hundred yards. I have seen tourists parked in them. Often wonder how they would handle a huge truck barrelling at them.

1 Mar 2009 9:28pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I was going to add that we have a road west of where I live that is 13% grade. And it is very narrow.

1 Mar 2009 9:29pm

Tammy-Cricket from United States

Oh my goodness what a hill. I am so glad to see the safety is first for the truckers and the other drivers.

I really have enjoyed your street scenes.

(Thank you for your supportive comments)

2 Mar 2009 12:26am

grant from kansas city, United States

visually interesting shot, and your description is interesting too.

2 Mar 2009 1:10am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Great shot. I hate having big trucks barreling down behind me on hills.

2 Mar 2009 2:51am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Great shot, Don. I've never seen one in use, but have definitely seen the tracks where they've been used.

2 Mar 2009 3:33am

sherri from Little Rock, United States

They have similar sand ramps in Virginia. I'm surprised at the sign:-) You really got a great capture in this...I like your driving images and wow, what a view.

2 Mar 2009 4:19am

standley from Carquefou, France

What a wonderful view. There are similar runaway ramps on mountain highways in France.

2 Mar 2009 8:41am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent choice of perspective!

2 Mar 2009 8:47am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great view and road image

2 Mar 2009 9:27am

Rakesh Vanamali from Ooty, India

Splendid view! Very well captured!

2 Mar 2009 10:07am

Bogdan from Brasov, Romania

Great shot don. love how you framed it.

2 Mar 2009 10:38am