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Old 05-20-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Wondering if anyone has driven these lately and the condition of the two interstates listed in the title.
We'll be traveling them tomorrow and Thursday.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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Good evening,
Wondering if anyone has driven these lately and the condition of the two interstates listed in the title.
We'll be traveling them tomorrow and Thursday.
Thanks for any replies.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:26 PM   #3
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I haven't been on I-79 in WV for many years but the times I traveled on it in the past, it always seemed to be good road and somewhat scenic in places.

I-68 is one of the newer interstates. Nice road, but hilly. It has a number of long grades and some of them will give that Cummins 330 a good workout.

If your schedule permits, take a rest break at the Sidling Hill Exhibit Center. It's just after you pass through the huge cut at the top of Sidling Hill when you're heading east on I-68.

Of course, I'm sure you already know I-68's eastern terminus is at Hancock, MD where it connects with I-70. I-70 can be a treacherous stretch when wet. I've seen numerous accidents caused by hydroplaning; especially on the section between Hagerstown and Frederick. I traveled on I-70 last February to Baltimore and encountered construction at Frederick. So be alert and be careful.

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Old 05-21-2008, 03:31 AM   #4
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Not sure if you're coming from Evansville or somewhere else; but if you're coming from the north, there is construction on I-79 north of Pittsburgh between Exit 73 and Exit 66. We drove that stretch numerous times in the past few weeks with little problem.

If you're coming from the north (heading south on I-79), your best bet is to get in the left lane as you approach the I-79/I-279 split at Exit 65 and take the LEFT lane through the construction. The right lane tends to back up a little more (especially during morning rush) because of on-ramps and exits. The left lane splits from the right lane and goes through the construction with no exits. Be careful you stay on I-79 and don't take the exit to I-279. I-279 isn't that bad, but it goes through the city and is a little hard to follow and find your way back to I-79 farther south if you're not familiar with the area. Good luck.
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I can speak for I-79 from Morgantown to Charleston & I-68 from Morgantown to Cumberland from 5 months ago: Both are a nice, somewhat hilly drive that make travelling through the WV mountains easy; no construction at that time; busy around the major cities (Cumberland, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Charleston) but mostly sparse traffic between those places. As Frank states, I-68 is pretty hilly, especially around Cumberland. Just take it easy & watch for the speedsters zipping around you.

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