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Old 12-04-2008, 09:15 PM
 
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I live in Bloomington,IL and plan on traveling out west to Denver, CO in the winter. I have the option of going on I-55/I-70 or I-74/I-80. with the I-70 option being about 30 miles longer. which route would be advisable at this time of year? I've driven I-80 countless times, but never on I-70 before so I have no idea how it's like. Also is KS/MO typically less snowy than IA/NE?
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Well, what time of the winter will it be?
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:32 PM
 
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Mid-January and mid-March.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:35 AM
 
Location: ITP
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You should probably do I-80 since it's a little shorter. Also, you won't have to contend with the traffic in both St Louis and KC. Not to mention that I-70 is complete garbage in Missouri. In regards to the weather, the pobability of a blizzard hitting the I-70 corridor is just as high as the probability of one hitting the I-80 corridor during the winter.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I believe I-70 (highway 40) in St. Louis is also having road work done.

Just looking on the map, it looks like on I-80 you will have fewer big cities to contend with (just Omaha). With I-70, you'll have to drive through St. Louis and Kansas City. Both drives will be through plains, so neither looks that exciting. Some of I-70 through Missouri might have some hills. I think Columbia is kind of on the border of the Ozarks.

I-70 might have less snow, but I don't think it'll make a big difference.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:10 AM
 
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I believe I-80 is considered one of the most dangerous interstates in the country due to its high elevation and because it's prone to blizzards (Wyoming portion). You might want to take that into consideration.
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: City of Thorns
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You won't see much of Omaha so don't judge it from your I-80 view... like alot of people do. I'd go that way just because i've driven it alot and am unfamiliar with I-70. The speed limit is like 75 too... so if you go 80 you'd get there in no time.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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I'm actually switching onto I-76 at the Nebraska/Colorado border and then through Denver to I-70 that is if I took I-80, so I'd be a good 120 miles shy of the Wyoming/Nebraska border.

So I-80 it is?
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