Originally Posted by Old Bill
I'm hoping some of you who have made it through Dallas can shed some insight on how best to either get through it, or around it.
I live in far north Dallas and my mother-in-law lives in Georgetown and our daughter's family lives in Temple, so we go that way quite often (every 3-4 weeks).
First) unless you want to go to Louisiana or New Mexico, there is NO around.
2nd) Sherman is a about an hour north of downtown Dallas and Georgetown is about 3 hours south of downtown. Just north of downtown, you will need to take the cross-town freeway that goes from US 75 on the east to I-35 on the west.
Texas has been good about painting highway numbers and Interstate shields in the proper lanes on the pavement to tell you what lane to get into to make your route.
Downtown traffic is MUCH less after 10AM and before 3PM, so if you leave Sherman at 9AM or so, you'll be AFTER the Dallas traffic.
Farther south, Hillsboro has NO traffic. Waco is also pretty clean. You might hit a tie-up in the heavy construction on the north side of Temple and south in Salado, but by spring some of what is there now might be cleaned up.
Just take a deep breath. I have driven major cities in all of the lower 48 states and if you time it right, Dallas traffic is easier than most.