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Old 01-22-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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What does everyone think of the I-20 west to 35 W and head north until US287? Thanks for all the help!
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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What does everyone think of the I-20 west to 35 W and head north until US287? Thanks for all the help!
I am not as familiar with Fort Worth (35W) as I am with Dallas (35E), but what I have seen of it tells me that at the time of day (5 P.M.) you would be going through it, the North-bound roads would be at a near stop. Your proposed route is through the middle of Fort Worth. I think you would be better off taking 35E, because you would reach it an hour before 35W. You would still reach Decatur about rush hour, but now you would be going North, along with everyone else in rush hour traffic.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Yeah. Based on what Google Maps says are average traffic patterns during rush hour, I-35W north of Downtown Fort Worth gets pretty bad. I'm sticking with Walton Walker or maybe 360 as the best. Neither have much traffic northbound during rush hour.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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The one through greenville to Decatur is a two lane Hwy, country and you may end up stuck behind a slow moving vehicle for miles until you have a bypass lane to get by them.
380 does narrow to 2 lanes in some sections, but it is generally a high-speed road. In fact, it is the major road between McKinney and Decatur, and it handles a lot of traffic. I've seen some congestion on it, but nothing that has stopped me (nothing at all like 635).

Yes, he might get stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle. More than likely, *he* would be the slow-moving vehicle.
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Old 01-22-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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It looks like every one agrees that probably 380 is the way to go from Greenville to Decatur, then jump on 287. Thanks for the help and yes I will be the "slow" one driving along 380 so apologies in advance if you are unlucky enough to get behind me.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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It looks like every one agrees that probably 380 is the way to go from Greenville to Decatur, then jump on 287. Thanks for the help and yes I will be the "slow" one driving along 380 so apologies in advance if you are unlucky enough to get behind me.
That's a great route to avoid all the DFW crap, bur the problem is getting from 20 to 380. If you were coming over 30 from AR that would be perfect as 30 dumps you right into 380. But from 20 you have to use secondary highways to get to Greenville. Those highways are actually pretty good too - fairly scenic through the woods near Tyler. However this whole route will probably add 2 hours on your trip vs an ideal drive through DFW.

If you choose the Greenville-380 route, I'll suggest you take 20-69-380.

If you can time yourself so you get to FTW off rush hour taking 20, I would suggest taking 20 to FTW then use google maps or whatever to check traffic on the local highways. Find the minimum jam, and take it to 287. Assuming no jams, I would go 20-287. I would modify 20-287 to 20-35w-287 or 20-820-287 depending on the traffic situation. Or I might even just take a nice break in FTW - grab lunch/dinner, and even drive through town at a comfy pace staying off the highway mess through the worst part. Then you can just pick it up again on the north side of town. 287 through Ft Worth is North Main St FYI.
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Thanks for the suggestions on the different routes. I can plan and change the time I am hitting Dallas a little earlier if you think that would help. I can get through Dallas by 1 or 2. Do you think that is early enough or should I just check the "jam factor" once I am getting close to be able to get over to 287. Thanks again for the suggestions, if the time is cutting it too close I will just take 69 off of 20 and go 380 over to 287 so I dont have to worry about too much traffic.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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I must of misunderstood. I thought the OP wanted to get through town quickly.
The I-20 route is ok, but you get the feeling your on the same place for the longest time and
not making progress. Your traffic points will be around hwy 67 and close to the new 161 or
even by the Arlington mall at 360/matlock/cooper. If you choose this route and be specifically
careful at this portion of the roadway. All else should be smooth passage, watch the weather.
This tuesday, we should be getting some rain. The news makes a big deal of the weather and
may affect your commute passing throughout the metro.

Good Luck
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Thanks for the help. I will check Dallas traffic when we stop for lunch and go from there. This trip is in 2 months so who knows what the wx will be like. Thanks for the suggestions I will use those depending on traffic scenarios.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:57 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions on the different routes. I can plan and change the time I am hitting Dallas a little earlier if you think that would help. I can get through Dallas by 1 or 2. Do you think that is early enough or should I just check the "jam factor" once I am getting close to be able to get over to 287. Thanks again for the suggestions, if the time is cutting it too close I will just take 69 off of 20 and go 380 over to 287 so I dont have to worry about too much traffic.
If you can get to Dallas by 1 or 2, it will make all the difference in the world! Traffic would be fairly moderate, pending accidents. It usually isn't a problem going across town at that hour. In fact, I have to get to Southlake from Plano, right now!
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