Yes, it is under major construction and yes, that's not a terrible alternate. Does not really save time as it is longer, but is more pleasant to avoid the construction zone.
Its 40 straight miles of two small lanes, its MISERABLE
@wes- im not familiar with 88/39, do you think i should do it from downtown instead of 90? i want to be in rockford/cherry valley monday at 10am
I actually don't think it'll save that much time to use 88/39. From downtown, 88/39 has got to be a good 20 miles longer because 90 slants in the right direction. It's just a more pleasant drive since the construction zone is a mess. Strictly from a time standpoint, I'd take whichever is easiest based on your starting point. If you're near 90, take 90. If you're near the Eisenhower, take 290/88/39.
88/39 to me is also less risky because every once in a while you can get a problem in the construction zone that really slows things down. Less chance of that on 88/39.
thanks, google has 88/39 as 102 miles and 92 minutes, 90 is 77 miles and 79 minutes
25 miles is a lot more but i really HATED every single one of the 40 miles of construction and there was no stop and go traffic just stressful driving
i guess ill suck it up and take 90, but at least i know if the travel times are higher i have an alternate on 88/39
That sums it up. It moves through the construction zone but is pretty packed.
Glad it worked out. You raise a good point. I88 and I90 are both toll roads so are easier with an I pass. What a lot of people do not realize is you can pay the tolls online so I believe you can actually go through the ipass lanes without one as long as you go online to pay the tolls within a few days.
Il64 makes a nice ride, too. have not done it for many years now, but you do get to see the cornfields and some small towns.