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Old 07-19-2009, 05:25 PM
 
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We're driving from the SE U.S. to New Haven, CT via I-95 and are afraid we're going to hit NYC traffic around 4pm Monday. Should we be prepared to be sitting in stop & go traffic? Is there a better route? Thanks for any tips!
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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if i were u i would be more worried about rush-hour traffic when u hit dc....that is a complete mess.....please try to hit dc no later than 2 or 3 pm otherwise u will be stuck for hours....where are u leaving from?
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:25 PM
 
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I can agree with seventhfloor in saying that you need to watch out for DC traffic, since it can be a pain in the neck.

If you're headed to CT, there are a couple of points to worry about during rush hour. The first hurdle is the Hudson Crossings, since both tunnels and the GWB can be nightmares or easy, depending upon the day, weather, whether or not there is a Yankee game, whether or not there is an accident, etc. The second hurdle is I-95 in Connecticut, which can be bad from Greenwich until well past Darien during rush hour.

If the Hudson crossings are bad, get off the Turnpike at the Garden State Parkway. Take the GSP north to New York, crossing into NY around Nanuet, and then take I-287 across the Tappan Zee Bridge, which should not be as bad because traffic will be bad in the opposite direction at rush hour.

To avoid the issues on I-95 in CT, I recommend getting on the Hutchinson Parkway from I-287, heading north, which turns into the Merritt Parkway in CT. Th Merritt parallels (roughly) I-95 to New Haven when it changes direction to parallel and then end at I-91, and while there can be higher traffic volumes, it's restricted to passenger cars only, so no commercial vehicles and no trucks, which does tend to keep things flowing better.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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We should hit D.C. around noon (1pm at the latest), so we're not too worried about that. We're actually wondering if it would be worth the extra miles to catch 287 SW of the city and take it over to Merritt Parkway. Maybe we're too worried about this traffic?
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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You're going to pretty much hit traffic no matter where you go in the NY metro area
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:56 AM
 
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We should hit D.C. around noon (1pm at the latest), so we're not too worried about that. We're actually wondering if it would be worth the extra miles to catch 287 SW of the city and take it over to Merritt Parkway. Maybe we're too worried about this traffic?
There's less of a chance of a backup on 287, but the GSP to 287 will save you some time, though the toll plazas can slow down traffic. If the GSP is bad, or if you don't want the extra tolls, I'd take 287 if the Hudson Crossings are bad, and/or if the Cross Bronx is really bad (since it's almost always bad).
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:34 AM
 
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Default Thanks!

We made it! Things didn't slow down until we hit the George Washington Bridge. After that, it was slow, but traffic was moving. Then it was off & on in CT until about exit 14. Overall it was better than we expected! Thanks for the advice.
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