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Old 08-28-2015, 08:59 AM   #1
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Pennsylvania Turnpike vs. I-68

Can someone contrast these two routes to us in terms of steep grades and descents? We are heading west from Gettysburg to Indianapolis. We don't care about the tolls - trying to choose the flatter, straighter route between these two options. Thanks!

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PA Turnpike is flatter and straighter. I use I-68 because of the tolls. 40' Monaco DP with 20' open trailer.
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Thank you, Leon.
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PA Turnpike is flatter and straighter. I use I-68 because of the tolls. 40' Monaco DP with 20' open trailer.
Ditto. We've not had issues with the grades on I-68. Just get a running start at them.

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I will tell you, if you're taking I-70W from OH into IN, there's a stretch of pavement from the OH/IN border to well past Mt Comfort that'll jar your fillings loose. Absolutely HORRIBLE road conditions. Doesn't matter if your W or E bound. INDOT has patched over patches & it's the worst ride.

If you're using that route for the last part, when you arrive at your destination, carefully open any cabinets as contents WILL have shifted.

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Unfortunately, we have to use that. We live just north of there and are shocked at how bad that stretch is compared to I-70 in Ohio. Thank you for the heads up.
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Just completed the PA Turnpike leg. Much less taxing on the rig. Also cut back on time and the service areas are nice so you don't have to fight city traffic for gas. From Gettysburg area to I70 west exit it cost $22. A bit pricey but worth it to us for some conveniences and to save wear and tear. Thanks for the help!
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