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Old 10-04-2016, 06:17 PM   #1
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Better road I5 or 99 in california

first trip and I have heard I5 is better than 99 and I have hear the opposite. can you help. Pot holes and line breaks are what I am interested in. don
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:50 PM   #2
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Both are pretty beat up in places. I use the I5.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:07 PM   #4
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I think the 99 is in better shape.
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Depends. Areas of I5 are nasty, areas of 99 are nasty as well. We usually go one way on one and then go the other way on the other just to change the scenery. There are good stops on both which work out good for us.
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Depends on how long you want to take. I5 is all 55 and 99 is slow and go. I5 not scenic 99 more towns.
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I drove I-5 from Bakersfield north , in March , long sections of repaving going on at that time , for what ever reason , probably to maintain clearance on underpasses , that's where you'll find the worst holes.
Big drop off to the original pavement .
Always found that on the 99 some clown was trying to merge into the toad.
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Just drove 99 from Sacramento to Bakersfield and it wasn't fun. The road is slightly better than I5 but the congestion and construction make it a bad choice. Also drove I 5 this year and while in need of repair it really is the better choice but I would stay out of the slow lane where possible as it is really rough.


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I usually take the 99 mainly because there will always be a place to go if something goes wrong like a breakdown or trouble with something.

Also, there's more variety for food and scenery on 99.
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first trip and I have heard I5 is better than 99 and I have hear the opposite. can you help. Pot holes and line breaks are what I am interested in. don
I5 is a boring drive no doubt about it. If you could avoid Bakersfield, which you can't, 99 is still a slow route with narrow lanes and a lot of construction and congestion.
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i5 or 99

thanks all - good info , don
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After driving both routes for over 40 years pulling 48 foot trailers, i'm now retired.. Both have issues, it just depends how bad the winters were on each. I favor I-5..
The last 2 years (ok longer) they were 'fixin' large parts of 5 (miles and miles) and 99, the CalTrans work is on steroids during the summers on both routes.
On 99 there are spots all over where work was being done (this says the surface is bad)... yes both are not great.. they are making them both better..

Right now this week (end of Sept) we went south on 5 from Sacramento and got beat up bad, but north bound did not..
note, this construction is mostly at night, but 'worked' traffic lanes (ground pavement) are really rough and is open for 'abuse' during the day.. loose gravel is there so don't tailgate if you like your glass.

On traveling both, I do feel there are more accidents on 99, that's just a fact...
There is alot to see on both, depends just what you like to see.. 99 has been around since forever and it has lots of towns along the way.. 5 has towns as well but much farther apart but lots of clear views. Both have stopping areas to stretch your legs.. 99 turns and twists as it goes, 5 is much straighter..
The speeds of 99 has areas of 55 mph and I-5 is mostly marked at 70 mph if not 65.. 99 does have 70 areas but they are not like hours of travel of I-5..

Point of view, If you really have the time and want to view pretty views try 101... oh and there are some steep hills but just a few, this is from LA to San Francisco (turn away from SF if you don't like moving your rig around in heavy traffic)...
For me Hands Down if I want to go somewhere in a short amount of time without any issues/problems, I go I-5... imho..
I can only hope this helps out.. B.
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I've done 99 3 times now in the last 2 years. 2 times northbound, 1 time southbound. It beat us up. So the last time coming home, we decided to take I80 to SLC and head south from there. Haven't tried I5, but 99 sucks. Every underpass is rougher than a corn cob.
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Just drove 99 from Sacramento to Bakersfield and it wasn't fun. The road is slightly better than I5 but the congestion and construction make it a bad choice. Also drove I 5 this year and while in need of repair it really is the better choice but I would stay out of the slow lane where possible as it is really rough.


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Well, that there is the problem. The car traffic aren't going to appreciate you camped out in the fast lane, travelling 10 mph slower than they are allowed to travel.
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