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Old 04-22-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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Easiest route from Houston Tx to McKinney Tx

We would like to know the easiest and least stressful route from Houston to McKinney. We always dread going through the DFW area due to construction and traffic.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Of course, traffic is completely dependent upon what time you're going to be hitting DFW, but I would take I-45 to I-20, then pick up I-635 to US-75. US-75 will take you right in to McKinney.

If you're driving in on a weekend morning or evening, I wouldn't hesitate to take I-45 straight into downtown Dallas and pick up US-75, there's nothing wrong with taking I-45 straight to US-75, through downtown Dallas and saving the extra 8 miles the route around Dallas adds.
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Of course, traffic is completely dependent upon what time you're going to be hitting DFW, but I would take I-45 to I-20, then pick up I-635 to US-75. US-75 will take you right in to McKinney.

If you're driving in on a weekend morning or evening, I wouldn't hesitate to take I-45 straight into downtown Dallas and pick up US-75, there's nothing wrong with taking I-45 straight to US-75, through downtown Dallas and saving the extra 8 miles the route around Dallas adds.

dlaughlin, Thanks so much for your reply. We will plan it on a weekend for sure.
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If you are going on a weekend, you should be fine to drive 45 to 75 straight into McKinney. Avoid rush hour at all costs! If it's rush hour, I would do as the above post says and hit I-20 east to 635 north to 30 east and hit the George bush (toll road) then over to 75 northbound to McKinney.

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We would like to know the easiest and least stressful route from Houston to McKinney. We always dread going through the DFW area due to construction and traffic.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Drove this same route 5 weeks ago. At that time there was no construction on I45, from Houston - Dallas. Now on 75 it was a different experience due to construction. I do not remember where it started leaving Dallas but encountered perhaps 10+ miles of construction down to one lane stop and go. This was on a Wednesday about 1:00 p.m.

A search of TXDot website will list all the construction on Hwy 75, to include start and stop areas for each project. I saw about 6 projects ongoing on 75.

Seems the entire DFW is under construction from my experience driving many of the roads this year. Will be a heck of a place if they ever get it built.

Not sure how far north your trip is taking you. Stayed one night at a Casino KOA RV park in Durant, Ok., on 75, that was relaxing.
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I live 20 mins north of McKinney. Lots of construction on 75 (both directions) mid day travel is your best bet and be prepared for a few narrow spots. Safe travels.
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As an aside, the Walmart in McKinney is a great place to boondock for the night. It abuts a Sam's Club with good fuel prices. I have stayed there 3 or 4 times as it is the halfway point between our home and Austin.
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Of course, traffic is completely dependent upon what time you're going to be hitting DFW, but I would take I-45 to I-20, then pick up I-635 to US-75. US-75 will take you right in to McKinney.

If you're driving in on a weekend morning or evening, I wouldn't hesitate to take I-45 straight into downtown Dallas and pick up US-75, there's nothing wrong with taking I-45 straight to US-75, through downtown Dallas and saving the extra 8 miles the route around Dallas adds.
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