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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 02:25 AM
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travel to connecticut

Will be driving from York, Pa to Groton , CT and don't know the best way to get thru the New York area. AAA has given me a route that uses the N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway,etc. "Streets and Trips" shows me taking I-95 all the way.
Any suggestions by someone familiar with the area would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 03:01 AM
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Your challenge is crossing the Hudson River, and I believe you have two choices; cross on the George Washington and take the Cross Bronx Expressway or go farther north and cross on the Tappan Zee.

I prefer the Tappan Zee route, just because the Cross Bronx route can be a little more exciting than I like.
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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 04:58 AM
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I would go NJ Turnpike to Garden State to 287/Tappan Zee Bridge to Hutchison Pkwy which becomes Merritt Pkwy in CT, take exit 54 off the Merrit which takes you to I-95N to Groton.
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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 05:25 AM
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Follow Loki's directions. They are right on the mark.
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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 06:50 AM
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One clarification on Loki's directions to help you avoid confusion. When you get to 287 after the Tappan Zee Bridge, you want to take Exit 9 and follow the signs to the Merritt Parkway. (Do NOT take the cutoff for the Hutchison River Parkway.)
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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 07:14 AM
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Good point, Howard. Do pay close attention for the first few miles after the Tappan Zee toll. It gets a little confusing if you're not familiar with the area and stick to the right so you don't have to make your way across traffic to get to the exit.
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Old Jul 16th, 2003, 08:38 AM
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Here's another recommendation for Loki's route.

You have to really pay attention and stay right to find your way to the Merritt.
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