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best driving route between philadelphia, pa and fairfield, ct

Old Dec 29th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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best driving route between philadelphia, pa and fairfield, ct

i'm looking for the best way to drive from philadelphia, pa to fairfield, ct. usually i take the turnpike to the gw bridge to 95. is there a better way? is there a way to use the garden state in this trip? thanks for any help. feeling directionally and geographically challenged.
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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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The route you usually take is the most direct, though I suppose you have learned that traffic can be a problem.

You can join the Garden State Parkway north at Exit 11, then take 87/287 over the Tappan Zee Bridge to 287, which you can then follow to 95 north. It would also be possible to take the Merritt.
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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:08 AM
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What Fra_Diavolo said is true, or you could take the GW bridge to Henry Hudson to Cross Bronx to Hutchinson River Pkwy to 287.

There is no foolproof way, listen to the local radio stations for traffic problems or get through the city on 95 before 6:30 AM.
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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:59 AM
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thank you both for your speedy reply. it's most appreciated. as you know, the traffic on these routes can be, well, beyond bad. thanks again!
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This is definitely NOT the shortest route, and perhaps not even the least time-consuming. However, I rarely run into traffic when I take it while going from Philly into New England.

1) Highway 611 north of the PA Turnpike.
2) Northeast on U.S. Highway 202, just south of Doylestown.
3) Stay on 202 as you enter New Jersey, heading towards Flemington and Somerville.
HINT: get gas at the Hess soon after you cross into NJ.
4) North on I-287 towards Morristown.
5) Stay on I-287 at its intersection with I-80 (watch the signs, it can get tricky).
6) Stay on I-287 as you head north towards the New York Thruway.
7) Just after you cross into New York, continue on I-287 (ie, south on I-87, AWAY from the NYT) towards the Tappan Zee Bridge.
8) Stay on I-287 towards White Plains and Port Chester.
9) Depending on traffic, get on either the Merritt Parkway or I-95 in order to enter Connecticut.

To get to Fairfield, you'll have to get onto I-95 at some point. Just accept this misery.
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hahaha. i very much enjoyed your annotations. this is close to the route i take to see friends in the catskills. except i do 95N to 31N to 202, 206, 87, and then 17. but the thing that made me smile is the mention of the hess station. there are two on this route. and my absolute favorite is the second. it's still making me smile that there's another human out there with the same love of hess on 202. absolutely makes my day. happy new year !!
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Originally Posted by PaulRabe View Post
This is definitely NOT the shortest route, and perhaps not even the least time-consuming. However, I rarely run into traffic when I take it while going from Philly into New England.

1) Highway 611 north of the PA Turnpike.
2) Northeast on U.S. Highway 202, just south of Doylestown.
3) Stay on 202 as you enter New Jersey, heading towards Flemington and Somerville.
HINT: get gas at the Hess soon after you cross into NJ.
4) North on I-287 towards Morristown.
5) Stay on I-287 at its intersection with I-80 (watch the signs, it can get tricky).
6) Stay on I-287 as you head north towards the New York Thruway.
7) Just after you cross into New York, continue on I-287 (ie, south on I-87, AWAY from the NYT) towards the Tappan Zee Bridge.
8) Stay on I-287 towards White Plains and Port Chester.
9) Depending on traffic, get on either the Merritt Parkway or I-95 in order to enter Connecticut.

To get to Fairfield, you'll have to get onto I-95 at some point. Just accept this misery.
Hi, I have been driving to NE for loads of years. I do not enjoy the traffic any more and I find this is a sad deterrent for me to enjoy going. I love the above directions as I have been thinking about Rt. 202 to the Tappan zee and then Saw Mill river Pkwy going up (I change on and off with the Merritt). How long does this take by Rt. 202?
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202 from the DE river to NJ/NY border will take you upwards of 2.5 hours, compared to ~1.5 via I287, so an extra hour. The route goes thorugh a lot of small towns and could take even longer if there is shopping or commuter traffic.
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Thank you for this. I am trying to avoid the 95E to Garden State N. Any alternate way to the Tappan Zee that would be a more pleasant drive with less highway would be good.
I then continue to Sawmill or Merritt Pkwy onto Westfield Ma.
Normally on my old route, above, it takes 2.5 hrs to get to the Tappan Zee. That is halfway point. Then the drive is nice going North .
A bit over the 2.5 on the first leg to relax would be ok.
Thanks!
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