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Q: Directions via specified road. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Directions via specified road.
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: ahk057-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 11 Jul 2006 14:51 PDT
Expires: 10 Aug 2006 14:51 PDT
Question ID: 745394
I there a mapping utility on the internet (preferably a google map
API) that would allow  me to find a route to somewhere via a specified road. 
Say, for example that I wanted to travel from my home in the suburbs
of kansas city, to downtown kansas city, but when i enter it into
google maps it tells me how to get there via I-35, but I want to get
there via HWY-71.  Is there a way to do this?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 11 Jul 2006 16:40 PDT
Sort of.

You can use a new Mapquest tool to plot a route by specifying multiple points:

In other words, tell it you want to go from A to B, but via C
(entering the destinations in the order A, C, then B) and it should

Let me know if this is what you need.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 11 Jul 2006 18:10 PDT
Also, Mapquest offers a variety of route options (but only for fairly
local routes of about 50 miles or less):

Advanced Options
 Shortest Time
 Shortest Distance
 Avoid Highways 
 Avoid Tolls 
 Avoid Seasonally-Closed Roads 
 Reverse Route 

The "avoid highways" should get you off I-35, but it may or may not
put you onto HWY-71.

Clarification of Question by ahk057-ga on 12 Jul 2006 12:12 PDT
Yeah, that's almost exactly what I was looking for.  The only
disadvantage is that I have to know an address on or near the road i
want to take; I cannot just enter HWY-71.  I know this is probably the
best I'm going ot find, but if there might be anything that would let
me just enter the road, that would be great.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 12 Jul 2006 12:18 PDT
You can't enter a single road, but you should be able to enter an
intersection, e.g.:

hwy-71 and River Road 

which I totally made up, since I haven't been to Kansas City in decades.

Give it a try, and let me know how it works out.


Clarification of Question by ahk057-ga on 12 Jul 2006 18:54 PDT
yeah, that does work.  I just hate mapquest's interface; it's clumsy
and slow.  But I guess I'm going to have to deal with that.  Thanks!


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 12 Jul 2006 19:27 PDT

You're a tough guy to please...but I understand entirely.  Why can't
these cool tools be just a little bit cooler!

Pretty much the same functionality can be found at

but perhaps the interface is more to your liking.

Waddya think?


Clarification of Question by ahk057-ga on 14 Jul 2006 11:03 PDT
That is great!  The interface is far easier and i like how it can give
you return directions back to the start.  This is exactly what i was
looking for.  Thanks for all your help!

Subject: Re: Directions via specified road.
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 14 Jul 2006 11:04 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
You're quite welcome.

Glad it all worked out.  Enjoy your trip(s)!

ahk057-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very helpful,  really took time to find exactly what I wanted.  Amazing!

Subject: Re: Directions via specified road.
From: firebird56-ga on 11 Jul 2006 15:56 PDT
I suggest that you look for a map to I-35, then search for the map
from that point to your destination. You can then just copy and paste
the instructions together to have a complete set of instructions. Hope
that helps.

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