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Revive 755:
I'm playing around with ideas for a future trip (over a year out) from Chicagoland to the Orlando area.  Using Google for routing:

* The shortest route is using IL 394, some back roads to the US 41/IN 63 corridor (not my favorite rural expressway), then down to I-24 and I-75 at 1,126 miles/17 hours 53 minutes

* Using US 41/IN 63, I-24, I-65 south to Montgomery AL then down US 231 to I-10 is 1,187 miles/19 hours 2 minutes

* Going over to Cincinnati and picking up I-75 is 1,185 miles/18 hours 29 minutes (allows clinching of additional sections of I-75 in Kentucky and Tennessee)

* Going through Indianapolis and then down IN 37/I-69 towards I-24 then using I-75 is 1,177 miles/18 hours 23 minutes

* Going over to Cincinnati, using I-75 to Knoxville then cutting over to I-95 using I-40 and I-26, plus using I-295 and FL 98 around Jacksonville is 1,222 miles/19 hours 21 minutes.

I've been on the I-65/US 231/I-10 route and the I-24/I-75 routes from Nashville to Florida before and experienced delays in Atlanta with the latter.  I also seem to recall hearing I-95 may be one of those interstates that is overdue for additional lanes.  Kind of curious what everyone's thoughts are on trying I-95 versus dealing with Atlanta.

roadman65:
Why I-95? If you leave Chicago it would be way out to go to the East Coast to grab.

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: roadman65 on October 07, 2022, 11:49:53 AM ---Why I-95? If you leave Chicago it would be way out to go to the East Coast to grab.

--- End quote ---

I-65 would be a way better bet from Chicago Area than swinging wide towards I-95.  US 231 from Montgomery would be an efficient way to get to I-10 in Florida.

Revive 755:

--- Quote from: roadman65 on October 07, 2022, 11:49:53 AM ---Why I-95? If you leave Chicago it would be way out to go to the East Coast to grab.

--- End quote ---


* I haven't been on I-95 in Georgia or Florida, and only a small stretch of I-95 near I-26 in South Carolina.  I have been on the I-65/US 231 and I-24/I-75 routes a few times already.
* Going over to I-95 bypasses Atlanta.  Or is the Jacksonville area just as bad?
* Distance wise it doesn't look like going over to I-95 actually adds too much distance compared to the most direct route (96 miles/8.5% longer, though running the directions in Google tonight is giving slightly different distances with the I-95 route being 1230 miles).  The difference decreases when compared to the I-65/US 231 and I-75 options.

Max Rockatansky:
Youíre not missing anything on I-95 in Georgia or in Jacksonville.  The corridor is extremely dull and uninteresting.  Really there isnít much reason to go that far eastward unless you are really dead set on I-95 something. 

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