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Old 12-08-2022, 06:17 AM   #1
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Fla. to Az. via I 10

Because of past experience with I 10 in La., our current plan is to take I 10 from Fl. as far west as Slidell then take US 190 until we get into Tx.

Anything to stay off the Interstate in La.
Is I 10 thru La. still a road to be avoided?
Any other/better routes (road condition wise) that you would recommend?

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It has been a year since we have been on I-10 out to Arizona. Last year there was a widening project just west of Mobile for about 5 miles. The I-10 thru Louisiana was good, no construction around Baton Rouge, or Lake Charles. But about 5 miles from the Texas border, construction started.

Then the construction thru the first 50-60 miles was horrible. Getting on/off of I-10 to the Welcome Center in Texas is rough getting back on I-10. Narrow lanes, people driving fast, etc....

Here is a copy of "Road Report" I did last year on our trip.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f42/road...ix-564380.html
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I always thought I-10 was good from the AL line to Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge seems to always be a bottleneck for my crossings. Once through Baton Rouge, I love the elevated section over the swamp. The rest of I-10 is boring. The section from Lake Charles, LA to Beaumont, TX has always been the worst part of the drive because of road conditions. I handle that part of the road by getting in the right lane and slowing down.
Houston is the part of the drive that I dread the most. I plan my trips for the drive through Houston. Generally, I stay in an RV park on the west side of Beaumont and do not leave the next morning until 830A or 900A. It's even easier if you can do the drive on the weekend.
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We've always enjoyed Eunice on 190. We attended the Cajun jam session at the local music store & evening performance at the theatre of Cajun music. Don't know if still going on.
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Thanks for all the replies. We took this route (US 190) last year, but didn't know if there were any improvements on I 10 in Louisiana in the last couple years.


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As a follow-up to the I 10 question, is the road condition of I 12 between Slidell, and Baton Rouge better than I 10? I never thought of this as an alternative to I 10.

It is amazing what I can see when the blinders come off!!

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I 10 all the way except I 12 north of New Orleans and the "bypass around El Paso". Little traffic and no steep grades:


El Paso Bypass Using 375
I-10 westbound
Take exit 34 to 375 north on the east side of El Paso
Right on U.S. 54 for a short distance
Left on MLK/3255 turns into NM 213
Left NM 404
Right on I-10 exit NM 162
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As a follow-up to the I 10 question, is the road condition of I 12 between Slidell, and Baton Rouge better than I 10? I never thought of this as an alternative to I 10.

It is amazing what I can see when the blinders come off!!

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The times we have been across on I-10, when we get to the split of I-10/I-12 we just stay on I-12. We have never thought of hanging a left and head into New Orleans.
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Hi All, Planning a leisurely trip from East coast of Fla up I-75 to I-24 to I-40 and then out to Southern California. Returning on I-10 to I75. Not in any hurry, so looking for any "must sees" Would like to spend some time on Rt 66. Any and all advice is welcomed ...Thanks !
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Hi All, Planning a leisurely trip from East coast of Fla....

Yes, a different question than the OP.


With time, there are certainly some "other routes" worth considering.


For example in Texas, from Van Horn to San Antonio, we often take U.S. 90 instead of I 10. U.S. 90 is a good road, lots to do/see and very little 18 wheeler traffic. A side trip to Big Bend NP may be added.
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It's a shame that there are so many stretches along U.S. interstate highways that are just complete boredom.

Going west, travel is dismal for the first 1,200 miles for us.

It's also a long, long way to the Continental Divide--where things get really beautiful.

I too used to dread those I-10 drives out of New Orleans going over to Beaumont. And When Bill Clinton left Arkansas he forgot to fill the chuckholes west of Memphis and northwest of Little Rock. And west of Oklahoma City used to be like traveling through a mine field of holes in the interstate.
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The times we have been across on I-10, when we get to the split of I-10/I-12 we just stay on I-12. We have never thought of hanging a left and head into New Orleans.

This. Why would anyone want to take I-10 through New Orleans unless they wanted to actually go to New Orleans?


190 parallels I-12.
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