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Old 01-27-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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Well I moved to CT in August for a job in New haven. In November they made me resign because they found out I was married to a women. They were a Catholic school so I had no way really to fight Anyway long story short it took me 10 weeks, but I finally got hired at a new school in Stamford. That is an hour commute now for me. My lease is not up till August so I will be commuting for 6 long months! My questions are

1. I have to be at work at 7:30 what time should I leave to get there on time? 6?
2. What's the best route 15 or 91/95? and why

any advice is appreciated thanks
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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In my experience, traffic buildup begins around 6:45 (or 7 on some days) and starts just after Bridgeport - regardless of highway. Merritt is usually the better of the two highways, unless there's inclement weather. Even windy days will mean downed branches/trees that can slow down traffic considerably.

My suggestion is that you leave no later than 6:10 and *stay on the Merritt for most of the highway trip* until you reach the greater Stamford area. Generally, the Merritt is a straight line commute to Greater Stamford.

1. If your school is on the I-95 side, take back roads at Exit 36 or 35. There are some back roads that flow pretty smoothly even with increased volume.

2. If you switch over from the Merritt to I-95 using the Route 8 highway at Exit 52 in Bridgeport/Stratford, that's at least 10 minutes "wasted" where you'll increase the risk of being stuck in the deeper morning rush hour. The single-lane entrance ramp from Route 8 to I-95 is typically backed up.

3. I believe I-91 to I-95 is unwise too; volume can sometimes be sluggish at the New Haven interchange and doesn't lighten until West Haven. That's only one or two exits of sluggish volume, but those few minutes in New Haven traffic may set you back and increase risk of hitting the nastier traffic down in Fairfield County.

FWIW, my drive from Stratford to Stamford takes about 50 minutes to an hour, give or take, and I'm about 25-30 minutes from Hamden (depending on where in Hamden we're talking about). Thus, if you leave at 6:10, that gives you an hour and 20 minute window to commute. Quite honestly, leaving at 6 may be your safest bet.

Other posters will also be able to give you some good insight on that drive, too.

Best of luck with your new gig!
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Wallingford, CT
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15 is your best bet, but watch the traffic reports carefully. An accident on the parkway will make it way worse than 95.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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1. If your school is on the I-95 side, take back roads at Exit 36 or 35. There are some back roads that flow pretty smoothly even with increased volume.
The New Canaan exit(36) or exits 35 and 34(Stamford) might work fine. It just depends on exactly where in Stamford the OP is going. If the parkway exits aren't practical for the OP, i would NOT suggest switching over to the 25/8 connector in Trumbull. Those last 2 exits on the connector are always a cluster*uck and best avoided. Just stay on the parkway until you reach the 7 connector to transfer to 95.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I like 15 in the morning and 95 at night. Then again, I don't commute to Stamford, so maybe 15 is better up until the Norwalk/Westport area even at night.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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If you leave at 6 you should be in pretty good shape. 15 makes the most sense from Hamden, but you need to monitor the traffic and be ready to switch over to 95 if necessary.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Well I moved to CT in August for a job in New haven. In November they made me resign because they found out I was married to a women. They were a Catholic school so I had no way really to fight Anyway long story short it took me 10 weeks, but I finally got hired at a new school in Stamford. That is an hour commute now for me. My lease is not up till August so I will be commuting for 6 long months! My questions are

1. I have to be at work at 7:30 what time should I leave to get there on time? 6?
2. What's the best route 15 or 91/95? and why

any advice is appreciated thanks
1. 8am to 8:30 it takes me to get from Westport to Stamford. But your times are much better. So I would say leave at 6:30 and you'll be fine without accidents.

2. Depends what part of Stamford. If its near the coast, then I-95. If your near the interior than Merrit. Also depends where in New Haven also. I-95 is wider and less deer risks so you can step on the gas if its open. But Merrit you can avoid the truck and congestion.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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1. 8am to 8:30 it takes me to get from Westport to Stamford. But your times are much better. So I would say leave at 6:30 and you'll be fine without accidents.
She's coming from Hamden. 6:30 will be too late.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:20 PM
 
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She's coming from Hamden. 6:30 will be too late.
I agree - 6:30am is too late when you factor in traffic. Without traffic (e.g. on a Sunday morning), leaving at 6:30am would be fine ... but not during rush hour Monday through Friday.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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There's no traffic at 6:30am but I will agree... make it 6:15am and even if you're early you can close your eyes and relax before the day starts.

Maybe if you're of one day, try it, and see what your timing is that morning.
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