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« on: December 16, 2006, 07:30:25 AM »


I was advised that I-95 and the I-95 belt roads  both have major construction projects and long backups are common.   Is this so??  Checking the Inet advisories in inconclusive.
If they are both screwed, which (I-295 or I-95) is the least screwed?   
Working on the interstates here in NC is a way of life.  Lose an hour here, an hour there....fiasco. 
Anyone with local knowledge of Jax's interstate issues?   Or any other I-95 or I-4 major work that could be avoided with prior knowledge??
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2006, 07:55:19 AM »

Hi JR,

I just checked on my XM nav-traffic and it's showing numerous construction zones along I-95 in JAX

along with traffic flos at about 35mph.

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2006, 10:26:32 AM »

Florida's Interstate system is always under construction. In the Jacksonville area use the Bypass ( Beltway ) and it won't or shouldn't be too bad as long as you get through between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m.

I-4 is usually OK during the same hours. The exception is from South Orlando past Disney where all the construction is in big time operation. Westbound I-4 after 10 a.m. is OK, some slowing to 45 to 50 expected from middle Orlando past Universal and Disney usually caused by LOST people looking for exits. Picks back up again to max speed past 535 area at Disney all the way
to Haines City exit for Hwy 27 where most will exit to get onto 27 South.

27 South has construction all the way through sections past Winter Haven, Especially confusing is the exit onto Hwy 17 South where most people would take the short and slower route to Arcadia, Others usually go the longer way on down U.S. 27 South to Hwy 70 West ( 33 miles farther East fro Arcadia  but Nicer 4-lanes and 65 mph )

Warning: U.S. 27 South will require lots of brake exercising due to random stops and idiots along the way. The construction and barriers just make it a bit more nerve wracking so you have to be watching and ready to stop quickly. Narrow lanes due to concrete barriers and uneven surfaces due to paving.

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2006, 10:42:36 AM »

Another option after you head south on US 27 is to exit off US 27 at Lake Wales onto SR 60 west towards Tampa. This is a 4 lane road. Tale SR 60 to Bartow, then south on US 17.  US 17 is 4 lane until you get to Zolfo Springs (about 15 miles north of Arcadia. These 2 roads have very few traffic lights and much less traffic than US 27. As you approach Arcadia from the north on US 17, watch for a log cabin convenience store on the right (there will be a short left turn lane here). A couple hundred yards further down the road will be a green State of Florida sign that says Turner Center. There will be another left trun lane here. Use this left turn lane and follow the road (Turner Road) to the next stoplight. The Turner Center will be on the right at the stoplight.  Jack
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2006, 11:00:32 AM »

Thanks.  I'll do the belt road around Jax...and pray.  I get a little retentive sitting in traffic for extended periods. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2006, 07:25:44 AM »




After much thought and time spent on i95 stopped going and coming from daytona i have decided to go down 321 then 301 past i4 then hit 17 to arcadia. good easy back roads.  a lot of it looks like 4 lane but goes through towns..\  I believe ti is the old woodpecker road that the trucker used befor interstate highways

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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2006, 07:59:02 AM »

JR,

I can direct you a couple of different ways!

But, depends on wether its the Journey or Destination that are the objective Huh

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2006, 09:00:48 AM »

Ned - Your scenic route is very doable - except I offer this one suggestion - when 301 merges with 441 just north of Ocala I would go west on SR326 just after the merge and before Ocala and get on I75 (your only 3 miles from I75 at this point) and head south to SR70 and then into Arcadia - your route on 301 and other roads from that point to 17 is not very scenic (not much of Fla is - unlike NC) and is quite built up now - lot of traffic and when those snowbirds pull out in front of you on the two-lane sections its not a very relaxing ride -
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2006, 09:02:18 AM »

JR,
I can direct you a couple of different ways!
But, depends on wether its the Journey or Destination that are the objective Huh
Cliff

Hi Cliff,
I'm a "destination" sort of person...gitrdone and relax.   Uncle Ned is a "journey" guy...he's gonna enjoy the trip.  Grin
Whattaya think?  Best way for both of us?    I don't mind busy road...I'm used to that here in Charlotte (We got Atlanta's cars but only half their roads)...I don't like stopping for construction work or slow traffic....that's a major bummer.   Angry
Interested in any and all ideas! 
Cheers, JR   Cool

 
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2006, 11:32:06 AM »

JR,
 
See Niles post above.  Wink

That is the exact route I would take to get there.

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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2006, 12:08:10 PM »




Thanks Niles for the info.  The interstates have got to crowded and stopped for me to travel.


     My motorcycle crewand i go to daytona ever year. Have a stop for a dirt bike race in Columbia. Part of them go to I26 then I95. We always stop in Palm coast at the cracker barrel for a rest stop. I go down 321 to hardyville  then I95 to get through Jackson about 10:pm and always beat the other one's by about an hour.

 Coming back last year my friend that drives a big "P" NASCAR 45ft. rig followed me to hardyville but would not go up 321. I stopped and had supper the stopped at 321 I26 and fueled up. Then about 15 min up 77 he finally caught up. Of course it was a very windy day and he could not make good time"so he said"

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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2006, 12:30:25 PM »

I totally agree Ned - One more caveat - timing is everything on Interstates when going through major metropolitan areas - I75 from SR326 to Wildwood and the Florida Turnpike is 6 lanes - there is usually a bottleneck at the Turnpike during the holidays, but usually doable before and after that till you hit rush hour in tampa from SR54 along the 75 bypass till your past I4 or SR60 then should be OK to SR70 - HTH
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2006, 12:39:23 PM »

FYI. My granddaughter and her family departed WV at 7AM Sunday morinig and arrived Ft. Lauderdale at midnight. They travelled I-77 to I-26 to I-95. They experienced absolutely no trafffic delays the whole trip. They passed thru Jackonsonville about 6PM and there were no construction or traffic delays of any kind there.
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2006, 07:25:57 PM »

It is just plain silly to take I-75 SouthWest to Tampa and then head 70 miles East on Hwy 70...Only to Turn North on 17  Undecided

If you gotta come in from the northwest area using I-75 catch 27 South, Go to 17 South to Arcadia.

Oh. Well, Anyway you can get there, Do It....Whatever Floats yer' boat.... Grin
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2006, 08:08:41 PM »


Yep.  Timing is everything.   I'm gonna leave at O:dark thirty and should be in Jax about 10 or so....should be as easy as it's going ot get.    Got to have somewhere to set my cruise control...?   Looks like the quickest way is I 95 bypass around Jax.   Then the next headache is going to flail through Winter Haven area.  
May try the 321 access down to Hardeeville.   I'm coming down I 77 through Columbia and can drive right onto 321.  Haven't been down that road for a llloooooonng time.   Looking interesting.  
We'll get there....sometimes I think I'm going down the pig paths and get all excited and just follow the big roads.   Have to see if Art Gill wants to join up.  He'll be doing I 95 for sure. 
Thanks for the assistance.  JR

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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2006, 08:33:38 PM »

Have a Safe trip JR!

Maybe we will cross paths this week...Huh

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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2006, 11:42:20 PM »

DrDave - have you ever run the route your recommending - SR70 runs SE - and US27 is a minefield - you only go NORTH on 17 for a mile - best straight shot from East coast is route I95 south to Fort Pierce then west on SR70 - he wanted the scenic route - FWIW
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« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2006, 04:35:41 AM »

DrDave,

Agreed, that is the straightest route as the crow flies.

But, you will loose all your time/fuel savings with the bazillion traffic lights and local city traffic you will go through. 

By the way, 27 North of Ocala is a nice route to take if time and speed our not on your agenda.

I enjoy taking the preinterstate routes when time allows.

Its amazing how many Mom & Pop motels exsisted in almost every town on those routes, but sadly most have went the way of the

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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2006, 07:16:02 AM »

Hey all -

OK, I'm flying from CA to Tampa for Bussin' 2007, staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Arcadia.

What do you guys think is the best route from the airport in Tampa?

I know I can Google Map it, or MapQuest it, but often the "locals" know better!

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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2006, 08:05:09 AM »

Airport exit to I275 north (actually east at that point)  then I4 east to I75 South To SR70 east (actually southeast) to Arcadia then use the map provided by Jack - HTH
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« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2006, 07:14:11 PM »

Have a Safe trip JR!

Maybe we will cross paths this week...Huh

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You bet!  I'm quite sure our paths will cross.   If you see a gold bus (and it ain't Ace's) on the side of I 95, our paths  crossed!  Hope they cross a little further south! 
You're driving a lot further than us'ns!   You be safe! 
Richard's post settled it for me...I'm going down thru Jax..and might even try out 321S from Columbia.....hope to be in Arcadia before dark thirty!  I'm not much on driving the bus in cities after dark.  Daylight's no problem.   
I reckon there's gonna be a lot of conversions on I 95 next week!
I took a second mortgage today so I could afford the fuel for the trip!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2006, 10:35:12 PM »

My granddaughter is planning on leaving Ft. Lauderdale the morning of the 26th. Would probably be in Jax by 6PM or earlier, depending on when they get out. If that is not too late for information, I will have her call me when they get to the Jax area with what the traffic is like.
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« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2006, 05:26:11 AM »

My granddaughter is planning on leaving Ft. Lauderdale the morning of the 26th. Would probably be in Jax by 6PM or earlier, depending on when they get out. If that is not too late for information, I will have her call me when they get to the Jax area with what the traffic is like.
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Thanks Richard, that would be great!   We're leaving on the 27th so that info would be as up to date as it's gonna get.   JR
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« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2006, 01:07:09 PM »

DrDave - have you ever run the route your recommending - SR70 runs SE - and US27 is a minefield - you only go NORTH on 17 for a mile - best straight shot from East coast is route I95 south to Fort Pierce then west on SR70 - he wanted the scenic route - FWIW

Actually No, I haven't taken that route. Mainly due to Interstate-4 being 5 miles away.

I would rather take a direct route and even though the idea might work for others it would not make sense for me.

I could actually take Hwy 17/92 all the way for the extra excercise of the brakes. I live near the Intersection of U.S. 92 and U.S. 17 North.

I get the feeling sometimes that no matter which way I go its always faster or shorter to go a different way.

Now, Here's the funny part. It takes me an Hour to get to a buddies house in Oviedo, I can use that same hour and be all the way to Haines City and heading south on hwy 27 ( on a good day with a 90mph tailwind!)

Florida has some of the poorest and screwiest excuses for roads of any place that I have been... ( well except for Columbus OH. )
I haven't figured out why I keep coming back. But now the taxes are making me think seriously about moving to some podunk backroad town in some other cheaper to live state. The problem is that my heart is just about done and trying to move would probably be the end of
things for me. I have about 1/4 of it working now and not getting any better.....

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« Reply #24 on: December 26, 2006, 12:26:43 PM »

My granddaughter and family are just past Jacksonville heading North on I-95. It is 3:30 Pm on Tuesday 26th.

The traffic is heavy both ways but moving very good in each direction. There speed is between 60 and 80 so apparently no problems of any concern. That is typical speeds for any time I have been thru there numerous times.

Hope this helps you.
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« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2006, 03:03:09 PM »

UPDATE. are now in Georgia and they did encounter some slowing as the highway changed from three lanes to two lanes due to construction, but nothing serious.
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My granddaughter and family are just past Jacksonville heading North on I-95. It is 3:30 Pm on Tuesday 26th.

The traffic is heavy both ways but moving very good in each direction. There speed is between 60 and 80 so apparently no problems of any concern. That is typical speeds for any time I have been thru there numerous times.

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« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2006, 06:28:31 PM »

Thanks much Richard!   That's the route I'm going to use.   Considered 321 South from Columbia, but seems as though there's only about 10 miles difference between 321 and I-26/I-95.   Interstate gets the nod. 
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     JR

what time are you leaving.  I hope to move out abou noon today  If all goes well

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« Reply #28 on: December 27, 2006, 06:09:04 AM »

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    At Yulee just before Jack take 200 to 301(been widen), to Gainville, on I-75 & south.
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« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2007, 02:33:14 PM »

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Hi Ned!  I reckon I left about 3 hours before you posted the above.   Made it down and back without any issues at all.   Jax wasn't a problem...Orlando was busy, but it moved right along...albeit slowly at times. 
Driving back on Sunday was an easy drive.  We left Arcadia at 9:30 and arrived in Augusta, Ga at 5:30P.   
Hiope your return trip went well!   Ya'll going to Steel Creek? 
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