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Old 06-19-2016, 01:21 PM   #1
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Which is smoother, I5 or 99 in CA.

Heading south from Nor Cal in a few weeks, and am dreading the washboard known as Hwy 99. Is I5 any better? I know more trucks use I5 clogging it up. I may just take I80 to Salt Lake and then head south in order to avoid California's terrible freeways.
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Sections of northbound I-5 from the Grapevine , were being re-paved when I came trough, northbound, in the last week of March , BUT , to maintain clearances at underpasses they didn't repave there.
Not as bad as my last trip on the 99 , that's 4 years ago.
I-80 and SLC, would seem like a huge detour , where are you heading ?
You'd avoid the 55 towing limit on I-5 , but for most destinations , add days of travel.
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Consider taking CA 395 south. It a much more pleasant trip with beautiful scenery and much less traffic.

Are you on a time schedule or just moseying along? If you don't need interstates there are many wonderful options to get to Texas through Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado.
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I think 99 is in much better shape than I-5, in that part of the country.
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i passed a section of 99 from fresno to scaremento. 99 is better than i-5 in that segment. road surface is about the same but 99 has more lanes like 3 or 4 but i-5 mostly only 2. it was afternoon supposedly a rush hour, but i didn't experience a clogging.
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Sections of northbound I-5 from the Grapevine , were being re-paved when I came trough, northbound, in the last week of March , BUT , to maintain clearances at underpasses they didn't repave there.
Not as bad as my last trip on the 99 , that's 4 years ago.
I-80 and SLC, would seem like a huge detour , where are you heading ?
You'd avoid the 55 towing limit on I-5 , but for most destinations , add days of travel.
Heading for Kanab to do Bryce Canyon and then on to Cortez, Co.
And yes, we are moseying along.
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If you do decide on the SLC route , be aware that they upped the speed limit to 80 MPH through there , with close to zero tolerance for speeding .
Hardly what I consider moseying along. I've avoided the area since a very near miss in the 90's.
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No matter which hwy, I-5 or 99 you take, there will be times you are convinced that the other one MUST BE BETTER THAN THIS!

But it is just sections, and about the time you have just had it with the road, it gets better.
For a while.
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Heading for Kanab to do Bryce Canyon and then on to Cortez, Co.
And yes, we are moseying along.
Kanab is too far from Bryce. I'd suggest Ruby's or other parks just outside Bryce's gate. The free park shuttle makes stops at Ruby's.

To get to Cortez from Bryce, you'd take Hwy 12 east (make a stop at Capitol Reef Nat'l Park) to Torrey, UT then Hwy 24 to Hanksville, UT and pick up 95 to Blanding, UT. Then north on 191 a short distance to Hwy 491 into Cortez. It's all good highways with a RV.
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Both I 5 & 99 are terrible, we will never travel either one in our Coach again, we had plenty issues....
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Consider taking CA 395 south. It a much more pleasant trip with beautiful scenery and much less traffic.

Are you on a time schedule or just moseying along? If you don't need interstates there are many wonderful options to get to Texas through Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado.
You forgot Nevada, smoothest roads in the US!
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Rather than going all the way to SLC you could go to Fernley, NV on I-80 then take US95 south to I-15. Or be adventurous and take US50 across NV.
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You'd avoid the 55 towing limit on I-5 , but for most destinations , add days of travel.

The 55 max speed limit while towing applies to ALL roadways in California, so there's no avoiding it by taking a different route.
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Recently travelled both I5 and Hwy 99 from Bakersfield to Sacto and they both suck. If I had to do it again I would do I5. Ust di I5 from San Diego to Santa Clarita and it was better but the traffic is so bad I hate that drive. I did it on a Sunday but still lousy with traffic.
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