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Old 05-21-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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Folks,

I travel to Cape Cod from the NYC area (Queens) every Memorial Day, leaving about 2:30PM. The traffic on I-95 is horrible at least until New Haven and often beyond. I've tried the Merritt and it hasn't been much better. I am thinking of taking I-84 past Waterbury andMiddletown and back to I-95 west of New London or even taking I-84 into Mass (Framingham) and taking I-495 into the Cape.

The regular 5 hr. trip has taken over 7hrs on I-95/Merritt. Your thoughts please on my alternative?

Thanks in advance.

Spedprof
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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84 sucks too, they both suck. 84 has lots of left lane exits, bad merges, narrows down to 2 lanes each way around Waterbury and it's very slow and windy through Hartford. 84 is typicly congested on a good day until you get east of Hartford. There is likely to be quite a back up at the 84/Mass Pike tolls in Sturbridge as there usually is on holiday weekends. If you do end up going 84, get off at 384 in Manchester CT, connect to Route 6, take that to Providence and then 195 to the Cape. It will likely be quicker than the toll back up getting on the Mass Pike. Might have to bite the bullet and accept there is no easy way of getting through CT. Believe me I've tried.

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Old 05-21-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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Take 84.
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Old 05-21-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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YES! I-95 is a nightmare anytime come a week or two before Memorial Day to mid Sept from Thur eve to Sun Eve. Take 84. I do it all the time when I have to go from Wilton to were I live in Madison. It even beats the Merritt. It might be 20 minutes longer with no traffic but that is a dream world on 95 in CT. No matter when you will hit traffic in CT on 95 it makes the L.I.E. look good! But 84 stinks too at Waterbury & Hartford.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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Folks,

I travel to Cape Cod from the NYC area (Queens) every Memorial Day, leaving about 2:30PM. The traffic on I-95 is horrible at least until New Haven and often beyond. I've tried the Merritt and it hasn't been much better. I am thinking of taking I-84 past Waterbury andMiddletown and back to I-95 west of New London or even taking I-84 into Mass (Framingham) and taking I-495 into the Cape.

The regular 5 hr. trip has taken over 7hrs on I-95/Merritt. Your thoughts please on my alternative?

Thanks in advance.

Spedprof
I would give it a shot. I took I-95 up to Boston a few months ago, and it added a full hour to the trip, compared to the I-84 into I-90 route. I avoid I-95 if I possibly can.

One way you could go is to take the Merritt Parkway up to Route 8, and then take Route 8 up to I-84 and pick it up in Waterbury. Another option is to take the Merritt/Wilbur Cross up to I-91, and then take I-91 up to I-84. I-84 past Hartford is great -- I fly on that section of the road. And you can fly on a lot of I-90. It's much better than I-95.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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Folks,

Thanks to you all, I have several choices and with Google Maps giving me the ability to drag my route around, I can map them all... I have to think that all of them are better than I-95/Merritt on Memorial Day Friday.
Thanks again.

Spedprof
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:27 PM
 
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Any route + Cape Cod Destination + Memorial Day = Lose.

My recommendation: Get there on Thursday night, or Friday before 4PM, and avoid the nightmare that is Memorial Day Traffic entirely.

Also, stay there Monday night and drive back Tuesday AM.
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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I-84 will be better than 95 any day of the week
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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One reason I-84 stinks in Waterbury at least for what would be the "coming back" direction for you is that it narrows from 3 lanes to 2 as you approach it from the west. You would think being a city and all they would keep it 3 lanes, but I'm guessing it's the same mentality as on I-80 in the Poconos (another crowded place with just 2 lanes, even though it's more rural) where it seems they hope if it gets more and more congested people just won't travel it. (At least unlike the stretch of I-80 I'm thinking of they don't have these dots on some stretches of the road that you use to make sure you're a safe distance from the next car......I have found that just slows the traffic even further as a distraction and doesn't reduce accidents (the dots, not the keeping a safe distance idea).
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