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Old 12-29-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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South Street is so-so. Plenty safe but not exactly charming. A little trashy in places. I had a townhouse for a very short time off that area and decided to get out. Nearby Bethel is MUCH nicer.

Western Danbury is nice and an easier commute to Westchester.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:52 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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The 95/91 interchange has always been congested since i can remember, during the normal work week. Theres been construction going on there for a while now in an atempt to free up some space there and make more lanes.

from 91s when you merge onto 95s is always slow, they just made the merge 2 lanes so that helped a bit. Once you get on 95s and your on the long wharf, there always seem to be traffic, even though theres no accidents or construction zones...just people driving really slow i guess..

If your staying on 95n on go over the Q bridge, it always slow but opens up once your over.

95s approaching the Q is always backed up, sometimes for a couple miles. More on the weekend and during the work week, also in the morning it can be horrendous.

sorry if i drifted off topic, Im right in NH and im on this part of the highway all the time.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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I think a lot of people took the week off. I wouldn't base this week on what the rest of your commute will be. That 95/91 interchange is always a PITA and it seems like theirs always construction up there too. Which way are you going in the morning?? 95 usually gets backed up starting about 3:45 or 4 at exit 42 and it works its way down. If your coming from 91 and going the opposite way, 91 starts to get backed up around the Foxon area exit, think exit 8. 95 going south in the PM rush is hit or miss, 95 going north in the AM rush is usually ok with a minor bottleneck here and there through New Haven but nothing major. The key advice is: know the backroads!!!!!!!!!!!! You can get off exit 43 and work your way through New Haven to 91 if traffic on 95 is really bad.
someone coming from mississippi a week ago will not know the backroads well at all. but im going 95 north to 91 north in the morning and 91 south to 95 south in the evening. both roads in both directions have been just fine so far in the week that ive done it
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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The 95/91 interchange has always been congested since i can remember, during the normal work week. Theres been construction going on there for a while now in an atempt to free up some space there and make more lanes.

from 91s when you merge onto 95s is always slow, they just made the merge 2 lanes so that helped a bit. Once you get on 95s and your on the long wharf, there always seem to be traffic, even though theres no accidents or construction zones...just people driving really slow i guess..

If your staying on 95n on go over the Q bridge, it always slow but opens up once your over.

95s approaching the Q is always backed up, sometimes for a couple miles. More on the weekend and during the work week, also in the morning it can be horrendous.

sorry if i drifted off topic, Im right in NH and im on this part of the highway all the time.
i get off 95 going north and onto 91 north heading up to hartford. and 95 from milford to new haven and 91 from new haven to hartford have both been just fine so far. and the same thing going south
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:25 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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Sportsfan2: How long have you been commuting on 95/91?

there have been times when it is clear, theres been times when its been closed down. This goes for every highway system, even though ive heard that 95 is some of the most congested and accident prone area, right here in CT too.

Ive noticed that during the winter/fall months the highway does clear up a bit, aside from the commuters at 6am-10am and 3pm-6pm...those general time slots.

Traffic increases a lot when it starts getting nice out...

rush hour on 95 around the new haven area during the summer months on the weekend can be as long as 6 hours. Just sloooowwww stop and go.

New Haven is right in the middle of just about everything on the northeast coast. You have New York, Boston, tons of people go to Rhode Island, The casinos, airports.....thats just to name a couple things.

During the summer, I always try to avoid going south on a friday, and going north on a sunday. im sure it goes both ways though
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Sportsfan2: How long have you been commuting on 95/91?

there have been times when it is clear, theres been times when its been closed down. This goes for every highway system, even though ive heard that 95 is some of the most congested and accident prone area, right here in CT too.

Ive noticed that during the winter/fall months the highway does clear up a bit, aside from the commuters at 6am-10am and 3pm-6pm...those general time slots.

Traffic increases a lot when it starts getting nice out...

rush hour on 95 around the new haven area during the summer months on the weekend can be as long as 6 hours. Just sloooowwww stop and go.

New Haven is right in the middle of just about everything on the northeast coast. You have New York, Boston, tons of people go to Rhode Island, The casinos, airports.....thats just to name a couple things.

During the summer, I always try to avoid going south on a friday, and going north on a sunday. im sure it goes both ways though
i got to ct friday dec 7 and started work monday dec 10 so im still getting used to ct life
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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someone coming from mississippi a week ago will not know the backroads well at all. but im going 95 north to 91 north in the morning and 91 south to 95 south in the evening. both roads in both directions have been just fine so far in the week that ive done it

I know you just came here. Buy a New Haven county road atlas, and look for back road routes. Exit 43 to 91 N is easy, 2 turns. Take a left off the exit onto Campbell Ave which is route 122. Take that N and take a right onto Derby Ave (route 34 East). Follow that to 91. Back road routes are key here in southwestern CT, if it wasn't for the backroads I found between New Canaan and Trumbull my commute would be even longer then it was.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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We were driving home from Danbury last night and the traffic going back into CT was horrible around 430, I am wondering if this is mainly due to the holiday or because this is how it always is.
The latter. I used to recommend Fairfield county to everyone but I regret it...and so do the ones who move into the county that need to travel around. It's the 5th worst congested area in the country(study was done for Bridgeport) . You feel trapped in the sense that you cant just get in your car and travel freely without stopping and waiting round trip or at least twice in a row. The only times to really experience stress free and worry free travel is 9pm-6am

There's a whole thread on CT traffic which got closed down because it "ran its course". Take a look and scroll through all the pages and you'll see its a common thing, anytime, anyday, dry or wet.

I-95 - Merrit....Traffic...Accidents...over & over
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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To the OP; This thread is getting hijacked by a couple of posters going on and on about the Merritt, 95 & 1-91. Those roads have nothing to do with you and are no where near you. You would not use them to get from Danbury to Somers.

The drive out 202 to Somers isn't too bad. You will get some traffic on the CT section & out through Brewster, NY. After that it's OK.

Danbury is an OK place to live. It has mostly decent areas and a few less than wonderful areas, but overall isn't terrible. It does have a hospital and a large shopping mall.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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thanks, Danbury is going to be a crutch as its the only place I can find that is nice within my budget. I have no clue what these ppl are talking about 91/95, I wont be anywhere near there. 202 seemed like a ncie secret road, I am wondering how many people actually use it. I also looked at placed in Watertown and Seymour but that seemed like too far of a drive to Somers.
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