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Old 03-07-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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I-95 between D.C. and Boston. What an assboil. Once it took me 9 and a half hours to drive from Exit 5 on the NJ Turnpike to Cohasset MA. Connecticut from border to border comprised the lion's share of this drive, with another big tie up on 287/87 just east of the Tappan Zee Bridge, into Westchester County NY.

If I never have to drive this road again in my life, I will have avoided life's most miserable highway.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I-95 between D.C. and Boston. What an assboil. Once it took me 9 and a half hours to drive from Exit 5 on the NJ Turnpike to Cohasset MA. Connecticut from border to border comprised the lion's share of this drive, with another big tie up on 287/87 just east of the Tappan Zee Bridge, into Westchester County NY.

If I never have to drive this road again in my life, I will have avoided life's most miserable highway.
I'm not surprised - often, as soon as you hit the Connecticut line out of New York, it stops. Without traffic, you can be in and out of Connecticut in 90 minutes. Usually, it takes 3 hours. Often, much more.

Why? It's all suburbs with commuters who work in Stamford, Manhattan and Westchester, plus a ton of locals who hop on for an exit then hop off (because the exits are so close together), and people driving between NYC and Boston. All on a 6 lane freeway. It also doesn't help that 95 cuts through the most populated areas of the towns along this freeway.

It's a mess.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:52 AM
 
Location: NY, NY
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Im voting the George Washington Bridge. It once took me 90 minutes to get from about a mile from the NJ tool booth to the exit for the Major Deegan on the Cross Bronx.

Thats about 3-4 miles.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:26 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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What makes the I-95 corridor worse is the attitudes of the drivers, especially the Connecticut portion.
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I-5 through Downtown Seattle, as well as I-90 from Bellevue, across Mercer Island, and into Downtown Seattle, in both directions in each case, can be absolutely horrific. I-405 from the Renton S curves to Bellevue is also pretty bad. 99 at the viaduct in Seattle can also be a nightmare at rush hour.

I've heard the it can take over an hour just to go a few miles during rush hour in Honolulu, as well as over much of the island of Oahu.
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Old 03-07-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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Any hour listening to Rush is the worst hour ever LOL
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: NJ
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my personal worst was ~4 hrs from central NJ to NW NJ - about 35 miles. snow. my husband had a 45 mile, 8 hour commute in a freak snow storm around the same time. 2 weeks later another storm, took him 6.5 hrs.

overall though, the general "worst" i've encountered are:

- just about anywhere in CT
- the beltway around DC
- alpharetta to atlanta
- george washington bridge to cross bronx or vice versa
- SoCal - the 5

honorable mention:

- 270 around Columbus oddly enough
- I-4 Orlando


One I anticipated to be hellish but wasn't bad at all (did it a few times):

- I-5 around Seattle
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Im voting the George Washington Bridge. It once took me 90 minutes to get from about a mile from the NJ tool booth to the exit for the Major Deegan on the Cross Bronx.

Thats about 3-4 miles.
it's truly horrendous. i had an interview in midtown a few years ago at 10:30am. i left at 7:30am (I live about 50 miles away). Took me about 45 minutes to go the first 40 miles, and 2.5 hrs to go the next 10.

i was late, stressed, and a bundle of nerves. i didn't get the job.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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Oh, Connecticut. A bastion of suburban perfection but the most unlivable interstates in the country.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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As another poster realized, I'm referring to the 20 mile stretch between Greenwich and Fairfield-ish. It can often take hours to travel during rush hour (and on Sundays).
Saturday and Sunday are also the worst traffic days in San Francisco as well. All the suburbanites and outlanders come into the City to have fun and they create hellacious traffic jams in all directions.

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It has taken my wife over 3 hours to go 35 miles from Darien to Pine Orchard.
Yes but that is probably due to incidents.
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