Elevation from Chicago to Springfield (Illinois) via Urbana (Illinois)
Max elevation: 807 ft / 246 m Min elevation: 537 ft / 164 m Elevation change: 269 ft / 82 m
Max grade: 1.1% Min grade: -1.2% Steepness score: 12 + 124 + 816 + 7 = 960
Distance: 225.66 mi / 363.16 km Travel Time: 3 hours 36 mins
This alternate route appears to be flatter than the direct route from Chicago to Springfield (Illinois). The "steepness" score is 960 which is lower than the score of 1365 for the direct route. A lower score means the route is likely to be flatter, but you should also check with other travelers to find out if the roads might be more difficult. If we break down the score into components, the first part is the average elevation score, which is 12 vs 12 for the direct route. The second part is the maximum grade or slope score, which is 124 compared to 200. The third part measures the average grade. This route has a grading score of 816 vs 1147. Finally, the last part factors in the extra driving distance, which has a score of 7 vs 7. All of these components make up the total score that we use to determine which route has greater steepness and elevation change to give you an idea of waypoints that might lead to the flattest route.