phila-new haven route

Old Aug 21st, 2005, 03:06 PM
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phila-new haven route

Travelling from phila to new havenlate afternoon. Planning on taking I-95 N to Hutch Pkwy to I 95 (via mapquest) Is that the best way? Thanks!
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Old Sep 22nd, 2005, 11:55 AM
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well, it's the most direct but 1-95 over the GW and in the NYC area can be a nightmare during rush hour (which is basically 3-8pm!).
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 06:46 AM
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You might want to consider the NJ Turnpike in lieu of 95 from Philly. You can get there by taking 95N to the Bristol exit. Turn right onto 413, then left on to Route 13N/Bristol Pike. The turnpike entrance will be approximately 5-7 miles from there - just follow signs to NJ.
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I know this route involves a lot of changes, but I honestly think it's the best to get around New York. Bottom line is that you ABSOLUTELY do not want to go through that city; bad traffic is pretty much guaranteed no matter where or when you drive.

ANYWAY, take Hiway 611 north out of Philly (avoid Hiway 309 until they finish the construction -- in about two years). Just before you get to Doylestown, head east on US 202 into New Jersey. Fill up your gas tank anywhere between Larison's corner and Raritan. When you get to I-287, head north towards Morristown; do NOT go east towards Perth Amboy. Stay on I-287 till it leaves New Jersey.

The highway signs tell you that, if you are heading for New England, you should go north on the New York Thruway (I-87) till you get to I-84, then go east into Connecticut. That's the way I took, and I had no real problem until (ironically) I got to New Haven. But the alternative -- across the Tappan Zee Bridge and then on the Saw Mill River Parkway -- is just as susceptible to jam-ups as the rest of the New York City area. Do NOT take this other route if traffic is reported on it.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 01:21 PM
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If you're leaving late in the afternoon, I'd take I-95 to the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, follow to the Tappan Zee Bridge and 287 in NY to Exit 9 (Hutchison and Merritt Parkways), go east of the Hutch into the Merritt in Connecticut all the way to New Haven. (You should make better time going on the Garden State and Tappan Zee than following the NJ Turnpike into the GW Bridge.)
Or, depending on where in New Haven you are going, you can cut off the Merritt in Milford and get on I-95 to New Haven.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:48 PM
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I agree with HowardR. Good routing.

If you want to check the tri-state (NY-NJ-CT) for traffic advisories before you leave go to:
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