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Old 11-13-2017, 07:19 AM   #1
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We are getting ready to head South for the winter. Does anyone have a good way to get thru Dallas North to south? I have been thru many times but it seems always lanes closed construction, making it a nightmare.
We come down 69,75 from Ok and spend a night in Waco. I was thinking going 635 to I 20 to I35e but never taken that route. It will be late on a Sat afternoon.
Any help or ideas?
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:58 AM   #2
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We spend a couple of weeks each Winter in Dallas visiting our Son. All I can do is wish you GOOD LUCK! Off peak hours , mid-night would be the best, are your only shot at getting North to South without a "ton" of traffic slowdowns/delays.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:05 AM   #3
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If you're wanting to avoid Dallas and don't mind secondary roads, would 69 to 34 work for you?
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:21 AM   #4
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We are getting ready to head South for the winter. Does anyone have a good way to get thru Dallas North to south? I have been thru many times but it seems always lanes closed construction, making it a nightmare.
We come down 69,75 from Ok and spend a night in Waco. I was thinking going 635 to I 20 to I35e but never taken that route. It will be late on a Sat afternoon.
Any help or ideas?
There are a lot of roads going into an out of DFW it would help if you gave us a better idea of where you're coming from and where you're going.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:25 AM   #5
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There are a lot of roads going into an out of DFW it would help if you gave us a better idea of where you're coming from and where you're going.
He's coming down 75 and going to Waco.
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First - my advice would be to AVOID 75 in Plano/Dallas at all costs!!! :-) And I would avoid I-35 south of Dallas/Fort Worth to Waco and Austin as well. Construction there is horrible continually.

On a Saturday I would be tempted to take 380 west at McKinney to Denton, then come down I-35W into Fort Worth rather than Dallas.

But then to avoid 35 further south I would take Loop 820 west (as you first get into Fort Worth) to I-30 West (which becomes I-20) and go out to Hwy. 281 down through the Texas Hill Country. We love that route and it is a relaxing, beautiful trip. There are a few small towns, but no big delays.

Especially if you're headed to Corpus Christi/Rockport/Port Aransas or further south in Texas - that's a great route.
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Old 11-13-2017, 08:36 AM   #7
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First - my advice would be to AVOID 75 in Plano/Dallas at all costs!!! :-) And I would avoid I-35 south of Dallas/Fort Worth to Waco and Austin as well. Construction there is horrible continually.

On a Saturday I would be tempted to take 380 west at McKinney to Denton, then come down I-35W into Fort Worth rather than Dallas.

But then to avoid 35 further south I would take Loop 820 west (as you first get into Fort Worth) to I-30 West (which becomes I-20) and go out to Hwy. 281 down through the Texas Hill Country. We love that route and it is a relaxing, beautiful trip. There are a few small towns, but no big delays.

Especially if you're headed to Corpus Christi/Rockport/Port Aransas or further south in Texas - that's a great route.
I would 'second' this advice with one modification. I wouldn't wait until US380 to go west. With the significant SPRAWL of Plano, etc., to the northwest, US380 is now a serious collection of traffic signals. I would take US82 west from Sherman (off of US75) and take I35 south toward Ft. Worth (watch for the I35E/I35W split in Denton and take the right split for I35W). I certainly agree with the US281 comments. We take that road every year when we trek to see April wildflowers around Marble Falls, Johnson City, etc.
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He's coming down 75 and going to Waco.
The reason I asked the question is so that possibly it might be better to take a different route entirely than down 75 and spending the night in Waco.

There are a lot of ways to completely miss DFW and even a few good ways to get through it.
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I used to go down 69 also going south for the winter. The best route that I found from 69 is to go south to 75 then turn w on 82 to 35 south. Stay on 35 south thru Fort Worth.
Check to make sure most of the construction is completed around 35 and 820 I understand that it is now.
This route is MUCH better then trying to go thru Dallas on 75.

Where are you starting from and where are you going. I now take a different route to go south that avoids both Dallas and Huston?
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Why do we Americans put up with the almost surreally awful and interminably slow method of using OUR tax dollars to repair OUR roads?? We just somehow think it's normal and explainable........

Fix one mile of road, in one week, then move to the next mile. If it has a 10 lane bridge involved, you get 3 weeks. Put however many folks on it that it takes. Actually require them to work every day, like the rest of us do/did. If you can't do it in that time frame, you don't get paid.
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