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Old 09-08-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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Guidance, literally

Need some guidance please.
In a couple of days Iím driving our Anthem from the middle of Massasachutes to Lexington, Kentucky.
What is a better drive? Smoother?
I guess it is either I 80 to I 71 or I 90 to I 71.
Does anyone know a site or app that addresses road surface conditions?
I know we have the quietest coaches on the planet but tell that to my dog after crossing some of the bridge decks in the NE.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:10 AM   #2
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There some things that you just have to learn on your own through personal experience. My experience is that all the interstates vary from very nice to simply terrrible. I-80 in PA used to be simply terrible. Last fall I traveled it from west to east and back several times and PA has done some excellent work and by and large, 90% of it is very good these days. You can pay for your travel on Turnpikes and Interstates and pay through the nose for the privilege (be sure to have an EZPASS for your coach) but all of the roads have places that are just terrible. Of all the things that the government spends money on, the one that would benefit us, and everyone else, is infastructure. Our interstates are not in good shape.

Frankly often the US highways are in better shape, but of course take longer and more fuel to travel, but we have found some very nice non-interstate US highways.

And bridge transitions are just as bad in California as they are in Colorado and Massachusetts.

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Old 09-09-2019, 09:07 AM   #3
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I-90 is in generally good shape. Western NY smells like grapes, and of course Niagara Falls is just a few miles out of your way.

I-71 is also in generally good shape. Be careful to detour around cities. I made the mistake of not taking the truck route around Cleveland and ended up going over one of those double-decker bridges on the bottom level. Pucker factor was extremely high. Aside from that, it was an entirely pleasant drive. Although I did get tired of looking at soybeans.

The only road in that area that I would specifically recommend AGAINST is I-81 in PA. But it doesn't look like you were considering I-81.

I would guess that the 90-to-71 route will be longer (both in miles and time) but more relaxing. If I were making your trip and didn't have any time constraints, that's probably the way I'd go.
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If you want to save some $$ on tolls (plus I hate giving our Governor anymore $$ than I already do in taxes), avoid the 90 in NYS and cut across I-86 to the 90 in PA. 90 going through the Indian Reservation in WNY is like a war zone. The road is in horrible condition both east and west bound. 90 to Cleveland is pretty decent. Last time I went through 271 it had a lot of construction. 71 down to Kentucky overall wasnít too bad but that was about a year ago I went down that way...
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