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Old 04-22-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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I-20 road condition East from DFW

After experiencing the bone jarring, nerve rattling and tiring travel over I-40 and I-30 in Arkansas from Memphis through Little Rock and well past Hot Springs we've sworn off travel through Arkansas from this point forward, at least on the Interstate Highway System unless absolutely necessary.
We're planning our return trip for later this week from the DFW area to southwestern Virginia begining on I-20. Realizing that I-20 goes through states that may be as "revenue poor" as Arkansas and unable to keep up their portion of the federal system, how is travel along I-20 this year from DFW to Atlanta? What is the condition of I-20 on a scale from 1-10, 10 being the best condition?

Should any of you be planning a drive through the aforementioned portions of Arkansas, make certain your tires are in good condition etc. before venturing out onto what might be called a "trail". We were so happy to have good tires and checked them constantly en route for damage.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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California has got to be right behind or perhaps ahead of Arkansas when it comes to road upkeep. Every time we cross the border to either Oregon or Arizona from California it's a bit of a relief.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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Parts of 20 are rough (5) in LA and MS. There was a long section (35 miles or so) in western LA at Christmas time that was reduced to one lane each way due to construction.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #4
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Can't speak for the whole of I-20, but I routinely travel I-20 from Shreveport to Dallas when visiting my parents. Never had a real problem, aside from construction zones. You CAN tell the difference when you cross the state line from Louisiana to Texas and vice versa; the main difference is that the left lanes tend to be in poorer condition because drivers in Louisiana seem not to understand the concept of "keep right except to pass."
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:01 PM   #5
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I 20 fm B'ham to Atlanta

I recently round tripped from Atlanta to B'ham. There is a lot of construction zones with much lane shifting in Alabama. If I were making the trip that you are, at exit 158 (Pell City, AL) I would get off of I 20 and get on US 78 which is very close by. Stay on 78 to Heflin, AL and get back on I 20. You will by-pass the construction areas for the most part. From there to Atlanta I 20 is fine except for somewhat heavy traffic.

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Old 04-22-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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I pulled from eastern Long Island to Austin in March as I do at least once per year. I keep hoping that moonscape they call I-30 in Arkansas gets better but I'm giving up hope. It's actually as bad as the highways around NYC...maybe worse. We'll be pulling home in May on 20 then up through Birmingham and Knoxville to 81.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
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On our 11,340 trip last summer

We went through some 21 states from California to Ohio and Michigan....and as far south as Oklahoma City......we found that if we stayed off of the interstates we had a smoother more relaxing drive....all of the trucks seem to own the Interstates and have beaten them to death......Not sure everyplace has alternatives but highway 50 across Kansas, 20 across northern Nebraska and many others too numerous to mention...and sometimes we were the only ones on the highways......in fact, thinking of changing our rig's name from SteSpot to Backroads Baby......
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:37 PM   #8
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I like to do that as well but it can work against you if you aren't familiar with the roads. I'll take 281 between the hill country and DFW over 35 any time. Perhaps an "alternate to the interstate" would make a good thread.
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You generally find better food off these roads as well.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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It's as we suspected friends and thanks to each of you for your valuable posts. It kind of makes you wonder what our nation's bridges must be like does it not?
We're thinking of pulling out a road atlas and taking a look at traveling the back roads of America as they all seem to be in better shape for the most part in our limited experience with them.
This was valuable information for us and we thank each of you very much.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #11
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I can't speak for last year but the Christmas before I-20 in Mississippi west of Jackson was just a bit bumpy. However, I don't remember it being as bad as the roads in Ark-bump-an-bump-sas-bump.
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US-82, the Bankhead Highway, parallel's much of IH-20. An interesting old road I have traveled from west Texas into Georgia numerous times. Other threads here on AIR, and see the Wikipedia entry.
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I'd read this thread with interest a couple months back. A month ago we traveled from San Antonio up to the Ste. Genevieve, MO, area. I-30 seemed great after crossing in at Texarkana. Still fine half an hour later... And then we hit the stretch after Hope. Bumpita-bumpita-bumpita! The highway turned nice again as we hit the taxpayer suburban ring around Little Rock.

Northeast of Little Rock we continued on US-64/67. My, that was bad! With my rig dynamics I had to slow a tad below 55mph to keep making progress. We were going to spend a weekend at a state park west of Poplar Bluff, MO, and therefore happily left 64/67 at Bald Knob. Amazing how nice two lane roads were in comparison to such major thru-ways! Though you'd have seen some swervy Blair Witch dashcam work if you could have followed our progress after we crossed into Missouri from Thayer to Winona. I do love the Ozarks!

The part of US-60 we traveled east of Winona was in fabulous shape. Towed like a dream.
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:51 AM   #14
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I have been keeping 82 as secret as I can. The same with 380 going from DFW to New Mexico and Arizona.
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