IS 281 advisable for January travel from Western Mb. or is #29 worth extra distance heading to Texas?
Definately get on I-29 as soon as you can. (Take either Highway 2 over to Grand Forks to connect or I-94 over to Fargo.)
281 is 2 lane most of the way & you have to slow down through every small town.
I-29 is like the trans canada highway...no stops, no slowing down, higher speed limit.
I see your north of Minot, I've drove from Minot south many times.
Best route for you: Depending where you cross border, if it's north of Minot, follow US-52 until you reach Jamestown, if it's north of Bottineau then take ND-3 until it joins up with US-52 until you reach Jamestown. From Jamestown it's worth it to take I-94 & connect with I-29. I would follow I-29 to Omaha. Then take I-80 west until it connects with US-81. From there it isn't far until US-81 becomes 4-lane and becomes I-35...then it's a straight shot.
I took the 281 route once & never again. Got stuck at a railroad crossing in Nebraska for 20 minutes while a slow moving train passed. There's also a much greater risk of hitting a deer if your driving at dusk, night or dawn on the 2 lane roads.
Thank you very much. Makes perfect sense.
Yes...I would go the Hwy 2 route if I was driving at night. I've seen many deer along hwy 52 so don't like that one at night. Taking 2 is slightly longer but more pleasant drive as it's 4-lane & you don't have to worry about passing slow vehicles (there is a lot of truck traffic on 52 sometimes).
52 also takes you through downtown Jamestown which can slow you down if you get caught at the train crossing downtown. (always happens to me).
Only place that slows you down on 2 is Devils Lake has 2 stop lights I believe, but they are quick.
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