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Old 03-22-2011, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I have to drive from here to Temple early Sat morning, is it best to take I-35 or is there a better route because it gets clogged near Austin. Thanks.
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281 to 190 will work. It adds most of an hour to the trip, according to the map, but it's almost guaranteed not to be congested.

I'm not a fan of I-35, either, so I liked this route enough to use it in both directions when I took it last year. An added plus to it, IMO is the opportunity to visit Firehouse BBQ, a very good BBQ place in Lampasas, not far from where 281 and 190 meet.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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I think early Saturday morning you should be fine. It gets congested on 35 a few miles outside of downtown up to UT but it doesn't last too long. The traffic is pretty bearable around that time. You should be okay taking 35 unless there is an accident and then it could be anybodies guess. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Ok that's what I was wondering. I have to leave San Antonio at 6am. Yes, that early but no other choice. That puts me right outside Austin at 7am but what if there's some accident blocking the way...isn't there some toll road that kind of bypasses that mess and drops me off somewhere in Round Rock?
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:21 PM
 
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There is a toll road 130 that you can get on right outside of Buda and it'll take you around Austin and drop you off in Georgetown. 35 to Temple is a long way and if your accident is anywhere on 35 you could be stuck in traffic, it's always a gamble but I'd personally stick to 35 given the time of day you are traveling.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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281 north is a nice drive but it is slower; it might be a better route back but you should be OK going through Austin on a Saturday (well, as "OK" as Austin gets!).

Cheers! M2
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:32 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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As you approach San Marcos, tune in to AM 590 - they're usually real good about updating traffic....
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I would take the toll road around Austin....it takes awhile but saves some frustration and I've never seen it busy. They mail you the fees.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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How early in the morning will you be leaving? I'd try to take off early enough (5 AM) so that by the time I'm through the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metroplex, I don't have to deal with early morning traffic on I-35.

Otherwise, 281 really is the best bet. Maybe take it all the way up to Hico and then juke off on US-67 to Cleburne to hit I-35W? I've done that before, it was a beautiful drive.

Best of luck.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Early - between 5am and 6am.
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