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Old 06-16-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: plano
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I returned from a trip to the SE and came into Dallas yesterday from I20. The best routing to Northern Dallas burbs was along US 30 to I635 according to my nav system. I was surprised at onlo 2 lanes into Dallas from a major Interestate. The traffic was dangerous with just two lanes. I was surprised to see how far south of DT Dallas went. Perhaps their is a better way with more lanes but this one really surprised me and after driving 900 miles was not as safe as the rest of the trip due to drivers switching lanes and tailgating in large part due to the lack of lanes..... I mean tailgating more than usual on say I35, or I45 or I30 or even US 75.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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There is no US30. I-30 has 3 and 4 lanes and does not go into the northern suburbs, so your post is confusing. Maybe US80? I travel that route often and don't find it that dangerous, but it is often congested at certain times of the day.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Blah
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I'm not sure about US 30 either.

Just about every route in or out of the city can get nutty but probably the worst I've seen is east of Dallas around I-30 and I-20. I've been in near bumper to bumper traffic on I-30 east out of Dallas all the way to Greeville many times.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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It wouldn't be US-30. US-30 is the old Lincoln Highway and it parallels Interstates 80 and 84 from New Jersey to Oregon.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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The OP obviously meant US 80. As I am a Georgia native living in McKinney (see my location) I have made the trip in on I-20 numerous times. If I know I am entering the area anywhere close to rush hour, I take US 69 at Lindale as it travels at a northwest angle up to Greenville and then take 380 into McKinney. Much better than getting bogged down going around Dallas.

But US 80 is the most direct route coming in from the east on I-20. My daughter is working as a counselor at a summer camp near Tyler, was coming in last Friday to my son's HS graduation which was being held at Prestonwood Baptist. I knew she would be sitting in traffic if she took 635 to the tollway, had her exit 80 at Beltline, up to 30, back east on it to PGBT. She made it with little trouble. It will be nice when PGBT is completed down to 80.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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There was a big article years ago about that stretch of I-20 between Dallas and Shreveport being one of the most dangerous in the country. I've taken 20 to 80 to 635 before between Marshall/Longview and Dallas, it was narrow, lots of trucks, and traffic.

I don't complain about Texas roadways though now that I live in LA. It is criminal that I15 is down to two lanes in each direction between Vegas and SoCal. Bumper to Bumper inching across the desert for 100 miles can make a 4 hour trip go 8 or 9. Then you go through a creepy abandoned fruit inspection station where you have to stop at a stop sign, ON THE INTERSTATE!!

So no, I don't ever say anything bad about Texas Highways.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:55 AM
 
Location: plano
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There is no US30. I-30 has 3 and 4 lanes and does not go into the northern suburbs, so your post is confusing. Maybe US80? I travel that route often and don't find it that dangerous, but it is often congested at certain times of the day.
Yes I meant to type US 80. On Sunday evening around 7pm there was a lot of traffic and crazy drivers changing lanes and tailgating more than on other area roads in my experience
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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The OP obviously meant US 80. As I am a Georgia native living in McKinney (see my location) I have made the trip in on I-20 numerous times. If I know I am entering the area anywhere close to rush hour, I take US 69 at Lindale as it travels at a northwest angle up to Greenville and then take 380 into McKinney. Much better than getting bogged down going around Dallas.

But US 80 is the most direct route coming in from the east on I-20. My daughter is working as a counselor at a summer camp near Tyler, was coming in last Friday to my son's HS graduation which was being held at Prestonwood Baptist. I knew she would be sitting in traffic if she took 635 to the tollway, had her exit 80 at Beltline, up to 30, back east on it to PGBT. She made it with little trouble. It will be nice when PGBT is completed down to 80.
Thanks if I make this trip again I will follow your routing.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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US 80 SERIOUSLY needs some capacity increase SOON!
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Thanks if I make this trip again I will follow your routing.
US 69 goes through some very pretty country. After hours on the interstate, I am ready to get off. Yes, you have a few small towns to wade thru and it is two lane, but you don't have the truck traffic or the volume that you have on the interstate. I enjoy the change of pace and the change of scenery.
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