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Old 05-07-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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Hi All,

I am thinking of taking a new job in Westport. Does anyone know what the commute would be like if I took the back roads from the Newtown area or is that just a bad idea all together? Are morning worse than the evenings? (I'm trying to stay off the Merritt, so that is why I ask...)

Thanks in Advance...
JC
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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The problem is that there are not a lot of good direct roads between the two so you will have to learn which works best for you. Generally, I would cut across Easton on Route 136 which takes you from Route 59 right into Westport. This is about a 20+ mile trip that would probably take 45 minutes to an hour depending where you live and work. Jay
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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The problem is that there are not a lot of good direct roads between the two so you will have to learn which works best for you. Generally, I would cut across Easton on Route 136 which takes you from Route 59 right into Westport. This is about a 20+ mile trip that would probably take 45 minutes to an hour depending where you live and work. Jay
I don't think it's that long...from northern Easton Rd (near Newtown) to 136 to downtown Westport can be done in 20-25 minutes. It's a pleasant, scenic drive and would beat the Merritt traffic any day.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:13 PM
 
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Both Newtown and Westport are pretty big area wise so getting from the center of Newtown to the center of Westport is well over 20 miles. Avoiding the Parkway and I-95 means using basically two lane back roads which can be slow. none of these roads are high speed. Get behind one little old lady or a school bus and watch your travel time increase. I think the 45 minute to hour estimate is accurate, but try it one morning and see. Jay
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:02 PM
 
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I think the 45 minute to hour estimate is accurate, but try it one morning and see. Jay
Agreed. Even if you lived in the southernmost section of Newtown (I'm talking on the Easton/Redding line) it would take at LEAST 30 minutes. More than likely, 45-50 minutes.
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