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Old 02-08-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Hi,

What is the easiest way to get onto I-384 from West Hartford between 4-5:30pm? I'm starting out from the UConn West Hartford Campus, and have taken Trout Brook and Park to I-84. I've stayed stuck in traffic for ages.

I've been told to take Exit 50 - Morgan Street - Walnut Street - Homestead avenue and go on Albany avenue the rest of the way during my morning commute, but haven't tried it yet. Is this route a good way to get back on I-84 east during my drive home as well? I appreciate the help, I am new to the area.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Hi,

What is the easiest way to get onto I-384 from West Hartford between 4-5:30pm? I'm starting out from the UConn West Hartford Campus, and have taken Trout Brook and Park to I-84. I've stayed stuck in traffic for ages.

I've been told to take Exit 50 - Morgan Street - Walnut Street - Homestead avenue and go on Albany avenue the rest of the way during my morning commute, but haven't tried it yet. Is this route a good way to get back on I-84 east during my drive home as well? I appreciate the help, I am new to the area.
I live near the UConn WH campus and NEVER take Trout Brook/Park to I-84 if I'm heading east. You want to take Asylum to Broad St to the I-84 East entry ramp, which allows you to avoid the worst of the I-84 jam.

In the mornings coming towards WH, I would take the Sisson Av exit...head straight and go north on Prospect, then left on Asylum.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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I live near the UConn WH campus and NEVER take Trout Brook/Park to I-84 if I'm heading east. You want to take Asylum to Broad St to the I-84 East entry ramp, which allows you to avoid the worst of the I-84 jam.

In the mornings coming towards WH, I would take the Sisson Av exit...head straight and go north on Prospect, then left on Asylum.
Thank you!
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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I live near the UConn WH campus and NEVER take Trout Brook/Park to I-84 if I'm heading east. You want to take Asylum to Broad St to the I-84 East entry ramp, which allows you to avoid the worst of the I-84 jam.

In the mornings coming towards WH, I would take the Sisson Av exit...head straight and go north on Prospect, then left on Asylum.
I would tend to disagree with this.

The commute time to the Broad St minus the commute time to the park st exit would exceed any time savings on I-84, IMO.

But try both and see which on average is quicker. You really have only one option and that is choosing to get on I-84 through exits further east. Since it takes so much time to navigate your way through the backroads is so slow I would imagine the best course is to get on the highway as soon as possible.

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Old 02-10-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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I would tend to disagree with this.

The commute time to the Broad St minus the commute time to the park st exit would exceed any time savings on I-84, IMO.

But try both and see which on average is quicker. You really have only one option and that is choosing to get on I-84 through exits further east. Since it takes so much time to navigate your way through the backroads is so slow I would imagine the best course is to get on the highway as soon as possible.
I do this frequently, and disagree. Not only do the lengthy stoplights on Trout Brook take time, you also enter I-84 at the worst spot...prior to the "Park Rd curve" you hear about on the traffic reports, where the stop & go initiates. Asylum is fairly quick at the usual AM/PM commuting hours (you may have to wait for 2 turns of the light at Woodland). Plus once you enter I-84 east via the Broad St ramp, the OP just needs to move over 2 lanes to the left for smooth sailing all the way to I-384.

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Old 02-11-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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I do this frequently, and disagree. Not only do the lengthy stoplights on Trout Brook take time, you also enter I-84 at the worst spot...prior to the "Park Rd curve" you hear about on the traffic reports, where the stop & go initiates. Asylum is fairly quick at the usual AM/PM commuting hours (you may have to wait for 2 turns of the light at Woodland). Plus once you enter I-84 east via the Broad St ramp, the OP just needs to move over 2 lanes to the left for smooth sailing all the way to I-384.
Has the area been cleared yet? How's the snow situation in Hartford?
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Has the area been cleared yet? How's the snow situation in Hartford?
I just did a quick drive around WH this morning. I would say that main roads are in great shape, although Trout Brook is practically one lane in each direction due to the snow piles. Haven't ventured into the city of Hartford yet, but I would guess that Asylum is similarly in good shape.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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Hartford is still trying to push snow into the river.

BTW...heard a car got dumped into the river two days ago. It was buried in a Hartford snow drift.
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