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Old 10-09-2016, 04:45 PM   #1
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Texas, Route 287 from Amarillo to Fort Worth

We will be heading back east from NV soon and DW is a fan of those 'Fixer Upper' folks in Waco. So we plan to stop there along the way home.

How is 287 from Amarillo east? That looks like the most direct route.
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287 is a good highway all the way from Amarillo to where it merges with I35W south. We live just off 287 outside Bowie. Good rest areas and several truck stops. 287 merges in to I35W South about 15 miles north of Fort Worth. Once merged just pick a lane and stay in it cause there is a lot of construction on the north side of Fort Worth. I35W goes just to the east of downtown. Once you get past downtown the construction ends and again it opens up.

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I would gladly drive 100 miles out of the way to avoid the construction zones around Ft. Worth/Dallas. Has to be one of the biggest messes I've seen in coast to coast several times.
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I agree with plane ol bil,
I would & I will drive a hundred miles if nessesarry to avoid the construction around Dallas, I can't believe they even have that highway opened !
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I agree with plane ol bil,
I would & I will drive a hundred miles if nessesarry to avoid the construction around Dallas, I can't believe they even have that highway opened !
OK, what would be my options to avoid the construction? How about taking 281 down to 84 into Waco? I don't mind driving longer distance if necessary.
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US 281 is a very good alternative. Good 4 lane road, goes thru small towns, but doesn't slow you up that much. Easy transition to Waco, take TX 6 from Hico. Enjoy the scenery.

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I'm watching the replies for a good alternative also, I have driven 287 from Amarillo to Fort Worth & it's a very good way to go.
When you get to Fort Worth & get on 20 east maybe you miss the construction? I was on 35 East & thats where it's really bad.
I'm going to the Nascar race in November & looking for ways to avoid Dallas.
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If the construction on 35W is still north of downtown, 287 to 281 to I20 into FW may be the easiest. I have been that way recently but stayed on 20 until east of Dallas. The last time I was on 35W the construction was from downtown north. I would avoid it too.


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We will be leaving Amarillo tomorrow, taking 287 then 281 down to Mineral Wells. From there we could head over to Weatherford and get on I 20 until it intersects with I35 down to Waco. Will that let us avoid construction and congestion or should we continue south on 281 to Hico, then take 6 into Waco?
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I used to just be able to get in the middle lane and zip through Fort Worth (at the right time of day of course). Not now. I'm a big fan of 281 through Stephenville.
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I would agree that 281 would be less congested and more relaxing. I traveled I-35 on Sunday anti was solid traffic (3 lanes) from Waco to Ft. Worth. Scenery is also better on 281 in my opinion.

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I-35 south to 820 loops around west side of Ft. Worth is an option also
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We will be leaving Amarillo tomorrow, taking 287 then 281 down to Mineral Wells. From there we could head over to Weatherford and get on I 20 until it intersects with I35 down to Waco. Will that let us avoid construction and congestion or should we continue south on 281 to Hico, then take 6 into Waco?

Yes, the route on 20 to 35 will work well.
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Thanks to everyone for the tips. We left Mineral Wells on 180 to Weatherford. Got on I20 to its connection with 35W. Came thru there about 10:00 am. It was easy, light traffic all the way to Waco.
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