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Old 06-06-2015, 07:06 PM   #1
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Nappanee, IN to Minneapolis ... And beyond

Will be leaving Nappanee and heading up to North Dakota in our new rig. Google Maps shows two routes I90 through Chicago (but fewer miles and reportedly less time), and I80 through Joliet. Both end up going through Minneapolis. Looking at posts here, one (or both?) have toll booths. Will be traveling on a Saturday (mid-Morn'ish...if that matters). Is the I90 to be avoided at all costs? Are there toll booths on I80? Which route would you choose?


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This site shows all the tolls at the toll booths on Illinois toll ways

Booths and Tolls

If you decide to take I-90 I suggest you purchase an I-pass before you begin your trip ... it will save you money and will make your trip more pleasant.

If you go west on I-80 then north on I-39 there will be one toll to pay on I-90 in Illinois before you cross into Wisconsin.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:15 AM   #3
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You could consider leaving the Newmar factory and go west on US 30, pick up I-65N to get on I-94W then go I-80W all the way to I-29N. There is a small toll where I-80 and 294 meet. Personally I'd stay away from Chicago.
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Thank you for the responses. We do not have many toll roads in Southern California. Having 19 in a single run would be frustrating. You have to finance the roads somehow.

Since I have no real need to drive into Chicago, I will try and avoid it.

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You could consider leaving the Newmar factory and go west on US 30, pick up I-65N to get on I-94W then go I-80W all the way to I-29N. There is a small toll where I-80 and 294 meet. Personally I'd stay away from Chicago.

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Isn't there a way to take US 30 to I-294 around Chicago without paying any tolls? I had thought that this might be the best way to knock off two birds with one stone -- avoiding tolls and avoiding Chicago traffic. Am I right?

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If someone has the answer to Deek's question, I am all ears!


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To totally avoid tolls but get stuck going through part of the southern Chicago suburbs you can try this.

Been there, done that, not horrible but wastes time and fuel trying to avoid 1 toll.

However, if you don't mind paying 1 toll and follow a similar route you just stay on I-80 as skigramp suggested. It isn't that expensive and pretty quick.

The difference between the shorter route via I290-I294-I90 vs this one, not counting traffic is:

I290-I294-I90 = 7+50 & 531 miles
I80-I39 = 8+22 & 578 miles

Traffic conditions will add to the time listed above.
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Isn't there a way to take US 30 to I-294 around Chicago without paying any tolls? I had thought that this might be the best way to knock off two birds with one stone -- avoiding tolls and avoiding Chicago traffic. Am I right?

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It is possible, but probably not a good idea. US 30 goes through an almost continuous series of towns. There will be one stop light after another.

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Isn't there a way to take US 30 to I-294 around Chicago without paying any tolls? ...
I294 is a tollway too. And a very fast one at that.
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Got map? Follow me...US30 to I-65 near Gary, to I-80 in Illinois to I39 north to I90/94. Easy peasy
But it will cost you. Not tolls, but less than 40 minutes diff.
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Okay. I will look at a map. Thanks to all for your suggestions.

If I select the 1 toll booth option, should I purchase the Ipass? I looked at the Ipass sight and it looks like you have a transponder that allows you to motor past a sensor without having to stop and pay a toll. Is this correct? I had a device like that in a rental car when we were in Boston.


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You can go online & pay the toll after you go thru the sensors.
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The one toll at the Wi, Il border will cost you under $10. It's quick and painless. Take the 80 west to LaSalle then the 39 north to the 94 west.
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I agree with the previous post.
No need to purchase online just go through the cash booth. Easy and painless for the one toll.

BTW
I took the long way around to avoid Chicago roads completely as this was my maiden voyage and was not comfortable dealing with the traffic and many toll booths.
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