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Old 04-26-2016, 04:10 PM   #1
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HELP! how do I get out of New England. Every major road in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey is under construction......has anyone travelled thru recently to let me know the status on roads such as Rt 95, 84, NJTP, northern garden state pkwy, Was thinking rt84 despite construction in Waterbury to the tappen zee. Then garden state to the NJTP south to Delaware Destinations are myrtle beach and Disney. Just gotta get thru this mess in New York/New England I expect some construction but the roads here are a total mess.....any comments out there?
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:56 PM   #2
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I believe there's also construction on the Tappan Zee bridge.

Years ago we used route 81 south to bypass I95. The drive was longer but scenic. There are no good alternatives to I95.
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We take 84 to 81 to 77
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Construction on the garden State Pky is in the southern part of the state Below Exit 37. NYTP is no different than any other hwy. Only construction is near exit 6. I've driven it many times lately and virtually no delays. If you want an alternative to NJTP you can take I-295 which parallels the turnpike plus it is not a toll road.
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Even with the construction, I'd rather go over the tappen zee than GWB......I think we will try 295 rather than NJTP Thanks for the advice.
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FWIW If you put your route on Google maps it will show you construction delays. You can change as needed to see what happens.
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Even with the construction, I'd rather go over the tappen zee than GWB......I think we will try 295 rather than NJTP Thanks for the advice.
Waterbury isn't bad as long as you avoid high traffic times, like Fridays or any morning/evening rush hour.
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Construction on the garden State Pky is in the southern part of the state Below Exit 37. NYTP is no different than any other hwy. Only construction is near exit 6. I've driven it many times lately and virtually no delays. If you want an alternative to NJTP you can take I-295 which parallels the turnpike plus it is not a toll road.
Construction on the GSP South is around 38-36 (Atlantic City and Pleasantville exits), around exit 29 (new bridge construction) and exit 0 (at Cape May). They have been good about maintaining two lanes each direction and traffic has been rolling along pretty good.

Why not consider the Cape May Lewes Ferry. Cost a few dollars but well worth it considering the traffic on I-95 (Wilmington - Baltimore - Washington). CMLF to RT 9, RT 113, RT 13, Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel. Between the tolls on I-95 and fuel saving on the shorter distance via Ferry it almost paid for itself. Ferry takes online reservations just need to be there an hour early. If you don't mind parking lots take a late afternoon ferry and just over 4 hours later you will be at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel. Just before the toll is a left exit to a large parking lot (with rest rooms) and they allow parking for up to 48 hours and if you have a smaller RV you can park 24 hours on the food plaza after the second tunnel (too tight of a turn SB for most RV's towing). I stayed in the parking lot once and there wasn't much traffic and only a few trucks that were spaced well apart.
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I believe there's also construction on the Tappan Zee bridge.

Years ago we used route 81 south to bypass I95. The drive was longer but scenic. There are no good alternatives to I95.
And, if you can get to Philly, the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) runs from Philly all the way to I-81. Although, personally, I-95 from Philly to 695 north (the loop around Baltimore beginning at I-95 exit 64, or so) to 70 west is my preferred route to I-81.

Yes, I realize there's a long way from New England to Philly but maybe there's a way to get to the Penn Turnpike without getting to Philly. Every little bit helps, right?
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What is your starting location? We are heading to the outer banks, myrtle beach and Hilton head. I usually go 95 then up Route 9 through Middletown on 66 to 84. Then south on 87 to 287 and normally 78 to 81 then 77 south. If you are heading to myrtle beach you could take 17 through Fredericksburg to 95 or 64 to 95 and then south on 95.
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What is your starting location? We are heading to the outer banks, myrtle beach and Hilton head. I usually go 95 then up Route 9 through Middletown on 66 to 84. Then south on 87 to 287 and normally 78 to 81 then 77 south. If you are heading to myrtle beach you could take 17 through Fredericksburg to 95 or 64 to 95 and then south on 95.
Or 17 onto 95 then back off and take 17 down thru the " northern neck" of VA. To just past Yorktown. Avoided the whole 95 parking lot, and its a beautiful dtive
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What is your starting location? We are heading to the outer banks, myrtle beach and Hilton head. I usually go 95 then up Route 9 through Middletown on 66 to 84. Then south on 87 to 287 and normally 78 to 81 then 77 south. If you are heading to myrtle beach you could take 17 through Fredericksburg to 95 or 64 to 95 and then south on 95.

My choice as well. But I would usually run 287 to the NJ Turnpike. If the Turnpike bothers you or you don't want to do Baltimore /DC then go as vettenuts said
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Time and day are everything, as long as you have flexibility not too bad. Stay I-84 to I-81, unless you can do the coastal corridor late night and be south of DC by 6am. Then nap at R.S. near Fredericksburg.

I84 does have work in Waterbury CT and in PA, I think bridge at NY/PA line is finished.
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We are gonna try to leave about 5 am to avoid rush hour and will go rt 2 to 84 ....most likely head to happen zee bridge and then njtp i would like to jump off and use rt 295 to save a little cash.....go over delaware men bridge....use rt 695 to go around baltimore.( I've read there are many restrictions on propane and vehicles in baltimore) Once we clear DC everything looks pretty smooth......
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