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Old 11-03-2018, 11:24 PM   #15
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:58 AM   #16
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you in a hurry or something? Take 99 to fresno, then 41 to 49, and then 16 into Sac. At least the scenery will be worth the drive
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Yes, the Altamont was pretty bad, but they've been making improvements in the last year. However, the OP was asking about Highway 99 vs. I-5 and 580 is not a route that is needed to get to either going North and South.
I prefer 99, three lanes most of the way once you're south of Sacramento, compared to only two the entire way on I-5. Plus it's easier to avoid all the potholes with an extra lane.
Percival6 - thanks for the post. I'm the OP and it was me that brought up 580 and Altamont pass as an example of a bad road.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:37 PM   #18
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I trailered out of CA last year at this time, and lost my brakes on 99 (prob Stockton)
south of Sac when it smashed my wires axle to frame. I drove easy to Barstow, and fixed the next day, then went to Twentynine Palms from there, because I did not want to go 58-395-15-215 to San Berdoo. The downhill 5 or 6 lane is intimidating even in a car. So south from Barstow I went up a 4000 ft hill and back down, but the road was not busy and I had a few stopping places to check my repaired wires.
Curvy, wavy, and busy at times, I just used some turnouts, and made a few of my own when I saw a lot of impatience behind.
Street Maps said two hours, trailer took four. I still liked it better than that hill down to San Berdoo and I-10
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I trailered out of CA last year at this time, and lost my brakes on 99 (prob Stockton)
south of Sac when it smashed my wires axle to frame. I drove easy to Barstow, and fixed the next day, then went to Twentynine Palms from there, because I did not want to go 58-395-15-215 to San Berdoo. The downhill 5 or 6 lane is intimidating even in a car. So south from Barstow I went up a 4000 ft hill and back down, but the road was not busy and I had a few stopping places to check my repaired wires.
Curvy, wavy, and busy at times, I just used some turnouts, and made a few of my own when I saw a lot of impatience behind.
Street Maps said two hours, trailer took four. I still liked it better than that hill down to San Berdoo and I-10
The 247 , I believe. took that route north a couple years ago; not bad, yes a bit slow.
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Percival6 - thanks for the post. I'm the OP and it was me that brought up 580 and Altamont pass as an example of a bad road.
Oops! Sorry about that. Wasn't paying attention. Just thought it was some Yahoo getting confused with the crazy highways around here. 580 680 780 880 980 280 380 101 505 80 5 99 50 37 84 92 237 238 24 242 4 and that's just the major highways! I always wondered why they skipped 180 and 480?

Hope you find your chosen road a smooth one. Good luck and travel safe!
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Oops! Sorry about that. Wasn't paying attention. Just thought it was some Yahoo getting confused with the crazy highways around here. 580 680 780 880 980 280 380 101 505 80 5 99 50 37 84 92 237 238 24 242 4 and that's just the major highways! I always wondered why they skipped 180 and 480?

Hope you find your chosen road a smooth one. Good luck and travel safe!
Of course this still doesn't rule out me being a confused Yahoo. Spend a day with me and it will be confirmed.

I find the road numbering to be confusing, however I was watching a cool documentary on the creation of the Interstate system (frankly still a more economically and culturally significant development than the Internet) and I learned that if you take an Intestate number and add and odd digit to it, that means it is a sub road of the interstate that crosses the interstate only once, but if it has an even number, it crosses the interstate twice (a branch vs a ring road). The numbers are re-used by each state (i.e. each state can have a I280 etc.).
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Agree with the suggestion to take 99. In general, it is three lane, but drops back to two lane as it transit towns/city (old road and bridges).
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We just came back up from Riverside to Stockton two weeks ago. I-5 is MUCH better 85% of the way, but there are still some bad spots. Two years ago I'd put it at 50-50. (And for those who know it, the Flying J in Frazier Park is currently being revamped and is closed.)

Right now, I think the bad spots in 99 are just as bad as the bad spots in 5. The rest areas on 99 are quite nice IMHO, so that is a plus for 99. Travel traffic is worse on I-5 (when it exists), but commute and city traffic on 99 is much worse when it exists.

BTW, it has been mentioned, but 580 over the Altamont is almost completely repaved and is drivable again. That was the absolute worst.

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