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Howdy everyone.

At the end of October I will be headed from the Houston Texas area to the Mobile Alabama area.  I have heard for year that I-10, I-20, and parts of US-190 through Eastern Texas and much of Louisiana are in bad shape.

Does anyone have an update on that?

Suggested routes?  Does not need to be the quickest or shortest route either.  I am retired so I have the ability to take my time.

Thank you.

Richard "Doc" 

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I10 is very rough a you come into Texas from LA - also construction and congestion.  Just be ready.  Some people complain about the long Atchafalaya bridge just west of Baton Rouge.  The seams in the roadway set up a rhythm that is just wrong for certain wheelbases.  Also, traffic can back up going over the MIssissippi bridge on I12 at Baton Rouge.

I20 is pretty bad at Shreveport.  Lots of potholes.  I thought the rest of the drive was okay except for Monroe which was a repeat of potholes.

Either way is generally fine, but you might need to slow down in the rougher sections.

I also tried taking Hwy 84 from Natchez to Alexandria to Leesville.  I was going to stay on the state highway over into Jasper, TX.  Just as I was getting ready to make the turn at Leesville I noticed a sign warning me of low clearance on the bridge crossing into Texas.  Wouldn't have fit!  Detoured down to DeRidder to continue west.  Cost me about 30 miles.

Some people talk about crossing LA on 190 which parallels I10 - haven't tried that one one yet.

Edited by GR "Scott" Cundiff

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On 8/3/2020 at 10:04 AM, GR "Scott" Cundiff said:

I10 is very rough a you come into Texas from LA - also construction and congestion.  Just be ready.  Some people complain about the long Atchafalaya bridge just west of Baton Rouge.  The seams in the roadway set up a rhythm that is just wrong for certain wheelbases.  Also, traffic can back up going over the MIssissippi bridge on I12 at Baton Rouge.

I20 is pretty bad at Shreveport.  Lots of potholes.  I thought the rest of the drive was okay except for Monroe which was a repeat of potholes.

Either way is generally fine, but you might need to slow down in the rougher sections.

I also tried taking Hwy 84 from Natchez to Alexandria to Leesville.  I was going to stay on the state highway over into Jasper, TX.  Just as I was getting ready to make the turn at Leesville I noticed a sign warning me of low clearance on the bridge crossing into Texas.  Wouldn't have fit!  Detoured down to DeRidder to continue west.  Cost me about 30 miles.

Some people talk about crossing LA on 190 which parallels I10 - haven't tried that one one yet.

Thank you very much for the information "Scott."

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It was the worst part of our 7,000 mile trip last year. Feels like a roller coaster ride. Not sure of alternate routes.

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A few years ago we took 190 from Tx to Baton Rouge , en route to Gulfport . 

It was a nice alternative with a short distance of 'roughish in spots' road . Generally enjoyable . 

The worst traffic was going around Baton Rouge to get to I12 .

In short , we'd do it again .

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Living in Louisiana and driving our bad roads and traveling our country I can safely say that Louisiana does not have a monopoly on bad roads.  We've found major roads and interstates in almost every state that are as bad or worse that any roads in Louisiana.

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We always enjoyed Hwy 190 in Louisiana.  We'd stop in Eunice for some fine Cajun music at the music store on Saturdays and have attended their radio show with wonderful Cajun music.  Very friendly folks!  We don't drive interstates unless there's no other way to get from A to B.  You have to remember that Louisiana/eastern Texas is built on a swamp so the land shifts making roads difficult to maintain.

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On 8/3/2020 at 10:04 AM, GR "Scott" Cundiff said:

I10 is very rough a you come into Texas from LA - also construction and congestion.  Just be ready.  Some people complain about the long Atchafalaya bridge just west of Baton Rouge.  The seams in the roadway set up a rhythm that is just wrong for certain wheelbases.  Also, traffic can back up going over the MIssissippi bridge on I12 at Baton Rouge.

I20 is pretty bad at Shreveport.  Lots of potholes.  I thought the rest of the drive was okay except for Monroe which was a repeat of potholes.

Either way is generally fine, but you might need to slow down in the rougher sections.

I also tried taking Hwy 84 from Natchez to Alexandria to Leesville.  I was going to stay on the state highway over into Jasper, TX.  Just as I was getting ready to make the turn at Leesville I noticed a sign warning me of low clearance on the bridge crossing into Texas.  Wouldn't have fit!  Detoured down to DeRidder to continue west.  Cost me about 30 miles.

Some people talk about crossing LA on 190 which parallels I10 - haven't tried that one one yet.

I'll concur with Scott. The two stretched mentioned are pretty bad. We've done the I-20 route through Shreveport as recently as this spring. "Potholes" and "rough" aren't strong enough words.

Rob

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Sympathy for having to deal with Houston traffic. We usually come across Galveston Island then the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula. Push easy until forced into I 10. Then turn south towards Port Arthur and cross to Louisiana onLA 82. Follow to Abbeville. Then east on LA 14 to US 90, or I 49. When US ,90  gets to New Orleans then jump on I 10 to cross over to Mississippi. I like  US 90 across the state and into Alabama until Mobile.

I know it's longer but the scenery is interesting and you have chance to stop. That is almost  some day run. Long day but doable..  We could easily make that a two week trip. Stop on the beach not far from the ferry landing. That's two days. Then Beaumont for the museum of the oil industry. Then the Parish park and campground in Sulpher, right on the Intracoastal waterway for $12/night.  Then Abbeville for Betty's RV park. Then Biloxi for the beach. We stay at the Elks and walk across the road to the beach. 

Enjoy,

Bill

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45 minutes ago, Bill w/bus said:

Sympathy for having to deal with Houston traffic. We usually come across Galveston Island then the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula. Push easy until forced into I 10. Then turn south towards Port Arthur and cross to Louisiana onLA 82. Follow to Abbeville. Then east on LA 14 to US 90, or I 49. When US ,90  gets to New Orleans then jump on I 10 to cross over to Mississippi. I like  US 90 across the state and into Alabama until Mobile.

I know it's longer but the scenery is interesting and you have chance to stop. That is almost  some day run. Long day but doable..  We could easily make that a two week trip. Stop on the beach not far from the ferry landing. That's two days. Then Beaumont for the museum of the oil industry. Then the Parish park and campground in Sulpher, right on the Intracoastal waterway for $12/night.  Then Abbeville for Betty's RV park. Then Biloxi for the beach. We stay at the Elks and walk across the road to the beach. 

Enjoy,

Bill

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I totally agree with your route.  The ferry is fun!

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