Wichita, KS to San Antonio, TX

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  1. Scott118

    Scott118 Bobtail Member

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    Is there a route from Wichita to San Antonio that allows you to avoid Dallas/ Ft. Worth? Drove through there a couple times this week and no matter the time it was crazy.
     
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You can run I 35 down to Okie City then run I 44 down to Wichita Falls, Tx. Then U.S. 281 all the way to San Antonio. Miss that mess in Austin that way too. Lot of 2 lane on 281. Be better to time your run to hit Ft Worth in the night hours.
    Running I 35W the Ft Worth is @12 miles shorter than I 35E through Dallas and I have found that it is usually a little faster. Of course, any small screw up will back up traffic there. Even someone changing a flat.
     
  4. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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    you picking up at the tyson plant
     
  5. Scott118

    Scott118 Bobtail Member

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    No, just a couple of different stops.
     
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  6. spindrift

    spindrift Road Train Member

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    Excellent routing.
     
  7. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

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    Yeah, the 281 route is less of a headache, but more lights/small towns.

    DFW is rarely the problem. It’s Waco to Austin that makes me decide to go 281, lol.
     
  8. Cobrakaiguy

    Cobrakaiguy Light Load Member

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    DFW is not that bad, just run through there in the late evening, night or early early morning. Most routes around will have lights or small towns. If you come down 35 you can run 35w to the 820 loop to 20, and F4T6UY is right the Waco to Austin area with all the construction is worse then running through DFW.
     
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  9. PacoTaco

    PacoTaco Light Load Member

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    To me 35 is the best option. 281 is hilly with lots of small towns.
     
  10. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Not to mention half of it is under construction. I sit in 6th gear on I-35, maintain about 400' in front of me, and just grit my teeth until I'm through it. You do that, and you can pretty much maintain 15mph the entire time. It's the fastest route.
     
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  11. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    Use 35W if at all possible. Driving a CMV through the mixmaster even in non-rush traffic situations is tough! Years ago the Texas DOT fixed the east-west problem by routing I 20 south. Maybe one day they can find a solution to rerouting I 35 E&W.
     
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