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Old 01-10-2008, 01:40 PM
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My parents in Plano have begun complaining (loudly!) about the traffic on I-35 and asked if there is an easier way to get to Austin (specifically, 360 and Bee Caves) for their periodic visits. Flying is not an option; they're looking for some less busy roads, even if it adds a few miles to the trip. I've been trying to find alternate routes on the map but I just keep coming to the conclusion that I-35 is the ideal route. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:53 PM
 
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There is the Hwy 67 - 281 - 71 route (bypass I35 to the west), but it adds a lot of time and mileage. It's somewhat scenic in a few places though, which is nice.

If they don't want to fly, and don't mind a lot of time on a train, they could take DART --> Amtrak --> Austin and you could pick them up. It could be a 7 hr trek, though.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Slaughter Creek, Travis County
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The only other route I can think of is to get access I-45 from Central Expressway and take I-45 to Madisonville to Texas 21. This takes you through Bryan, Hutto and into Round Rock. From there they could take FM 620 to FM 2222 to get to Capital of Texas.

It will add about 100 miles but it keeps them off IH-35.

And when will Texdot ever finish that exchange at Hillsboro? They've been working on that thing for years it seems like.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:15 PM
 
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Oops - my mistake. The route I sent you on sends you into Austin on US Highway 290.

Take I-45 to Buffalo and take Highway 79 through Franklin, Hearne, Rockdale and Taylor. From there it would be easy to pick up FM 620 to FM 2222.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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And when will Texdot ever finish that exchange at Hillsboro? They've been working on that thing for years it seems like.
Ugh, yeah that's bad. On the way up there for Christmas, I ended up on I35W when I was heading for Dallas... the way that have it now, you've got to EXIT to go to Dallas, where as before the highway just became I35E and you had to veer left to go to I35W. I was not the only one making a U-Turn after about 10 miles on I35W.

Then on the way back, there was an accident in that exchange which added 1:30 to our trip.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Car957's route is one we take to Dallas and Tyler. We don't ever go I35. And even going through small towns, it was 2 hours quicker than going 35.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Slaughter Creek, Travis County
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Atxcio:

Anytime I take I-35 I expect something to put a wrench in the process. The last time I was in Fort Worth, some idiot with an oversized backhoe hit a bridge in Temple. When I heard about it, I got off the freeway, went 30 miles out of my way and was able to get back on IH -35. The Northbound traffic was already starting to back up as I was going South.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:45 PM
 
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Love Roses:

I haven't taken that route in over a year. Is IH-45 as traveled as IH-35?

IH-35 has really become the NAFTA highway. Just check out the number of Northbound tractor trailers coming Northbound on IH-35 at the Town Lake (Lake Ann Richards).
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I45 out of Austin isn't, but out of Houston, it's probably just as heavily traveled, if not more. Before we came out here, my sister said I35 is the main thoroughfare for big rigs coming from Mexico to Canada and Vice Versa.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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IH-35 has really become the NAFTA highway. Just check out the number of Northbound tractor trailers coming Northbound on IH-35 at the Town Lake (Lake Ann Richards).
It is called Lady Bird Lake now. Congress Bridge is now Ann Richards Bridge. Most folks are still using the former names, however.
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