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    Default Baltimore->Chicago best route: 70/65 or 76/90??

    Heya gang.

    I'm planning a trip from Maryland to Chicago during Labor Day weekend. Any thought as to which is a faster, taking into account the number of lanes and traffic: Interstates 70 and 90 through Columbus and Indianapolis, or Interstates 76 and 90 through Cleveland and Toledo?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Default Distance

    Google maps gives me roughly 700 miles using the I-70/80/90 route near Cleveland, and around 780 miles using the I-70/I-65 route through Columbus.

    Traffic is weather and time dependent. You'd have to factor in about what time of day you are going to be hitting the areas most likely to be "teeming with tourists", etc. I would imagine Cleveland to get more entangled with traffic due simply to the population and the layout of some of the roads in the area.

    The thing about Ohio and Indiana are that many of the state roads make excellent alternatives to the Interstates, should the need arise. You can get a a good amount of exposure to the countryside that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mass Tim View Post
    Google maps gives me roughly 700 miles using the I-70/80/90 route near Cleveland, and around 780 miles using the I-70/I-65 route through Columbus.

    Traffic is weather and time dependent. You'd have to factor in about what time of day you are going to be hitting the areas most likely to be "teeming with tourists", etc. I would imagine Cleveland to get more entangled with traffic due simply to the population and the layout of some of the roads in the area.

    The thing about Ohio and Indiana are that many of the state roads make excellent alternatives to the Interstates, should the need arise. You can get a a good amount of exposure to the countryside that way.

    Thanks for your help Tim. Does anybody know the number of lanes on these highways?

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    Default Four as a Rule

    The roads that Tim refers to, such as US-20, US-6, US-224 and US-30 are great roads all. They are typically 4 lane divided highways, with limited access portions around some of the larger cities. I agree with Tim that they make a relaxing alternative to the Turnpikes across this part of the Midwest.

    AZBuck

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    Is this a trip that can be done in a day?

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