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Old 06-02-2010, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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Yesterday afternoon I was driving home to Virginia from Maine through I-95. I arrived in NYC at around 3 pm and I thought "cool, right before rush hour". Wrong! I sat in traffic for 5 hours before I could cross the GWM bridge. That was the worst traffic I've ever had to sit through in my entire life. 10 miles in 5 hours of bumber to bumper traffic. I finally crossed the bridge at 8 pm.

Is it usually like that? A lot of people had warned me to avoid that bridge and drive through Pennsylvania instead, but I was very naive and thought 3 pm was early enough. I expected traffic, but 1-1.5 hours tops, 5 hours sitting in traffic is crazy!!

Overall it took me 13 hours to drive from Boston to Northern Virginia (with a lunch break at 11 pm ). That, plus the 5 hours it took to go from Bar Harbor to Boston. It was intense!!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:04 AM
 
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via twitter:

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Motor vehicle accident on the NJ bound lower level of the GW Bridge. Expect lower level closures and delays

about 20 hours ago via web




btw... your M and B keys are mixed up on your keyboard, may want to fix that
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Yesterday afternoon I was driving home to Virginia from Maine through I-95. I arrived in NYC at around 3 pm and I thought "cool, right before rush hour". Wrong! I sat in traffic for 5 hours before I could cross the GWM bridge. That was the worst traffic I've ever had to sit through in my entire life. 10 miles in 5 hours of bumber to bumper traffic. I finally crossed the bridge at 8 pm.

Is it usually like that? A lot of people had warned me to avoid that bridge and drive through Pennsylvania instead, but I was very naive and thought 3 pm was early enough. I expected traffic, but 1-1.5 hours tops, 5 hours sitting in traffic is crazy!!

Overall it took me 13 hours to drive from Boston to Northern Virginia (with a lunch break at 11 pm ). That, plus the 5 hours it took to go from Bar Harbor to Boston. It was intense!!!
Next time just take Amtrak Regional form DC Union to South Station , cheap , clean , fun , food , bathrooms on broad , tables form ur electronics , outlets etc......When you live in the Bos-Wash Corridor commuting or Traveling form one end to the other is always going to be tough. Northern New Jersey to New Haven is probably one of the worst sections of I-95. There are alts like I-287 or I-84 but they can be just as bad sometimes. Amtrak Regional form DC to Boston takes 7-8hrs.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Yesterday afternoon I was driving home to Virginia from Maine through I-95. I arrived in NYC at around 3 pm and I thought "cool, right before rush hour". Wrong! I sat in traffic for 5 hours before I could cross the GWM bridge. That was the worst traffic I've ever had to sit through in my entire life. 10 miles in 5 hours of bumber to bumper traffic. I finally crossed the bridge at 8 pm.

Is it usually like that? ..................
It's only like that when there is an accident, which doesn't happen more than 2 or 3 times a day.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Welcome to the George Washington Bridge! Go a few miles east and you can find traffic that makes the GWB look like a day in the park. They don't call the Long Island Expressway "the world's longest parking lot" for nothing.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:09 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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Yesterday afternoon I was driving home to Virginia from Maine through I-95. I arrived in NYC at around 3 pm and I thought "cool, right before rush hour". Wrong! I sat in traffic for 5 hours before I could cross the GWM bridge. That was the worst traffic I've ever had to sit through in my entire life. 10 miles in 5 hours of bumber to bumper traffic. I finally crossed the bridge at 8 pm.
Why do you call it 'GWM Bridge'? Call it the GW Bridge or GWB
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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5 hours just to cross the GWB!!! That must have been a pretty nasty accident. Sorry you had to sit through that mess I know it had to suck. I-95 up to Richmond, VA is pretty crappy. I would take Amtrak like another poster said next time your heading up north.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I thought the OP was referring to the Gay White Male bridge :-)
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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Sorry you had to sit through that mess I
you don't have to apologize ya know... you're not really the mayor...



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Old 06-02-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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Why do you call it 'GWM Bridge'? Call it the GW Bridge or GWB
Oops! I don't know why I was under the impression it was called the George Washington Memorial Bridge. Stupid mistake seeing how I had 5 hours to learn the proper name.

Amtrak wasn't an option because I was driving back from Maine, so I really didn't have many choices other than flying which would have been prohibitively expensive. However, I did have the choice to go through Pennsylvania (as some other city data memebers suggested), but I was stupid/naive and I thought "oh how bad can it be?". Well, there ya go, NYC 1 - me 0

I also had a truck driver get off his truck and knock on my window to shout at me for doing an (admittedly questionable) lane merge. I had no choice but to hang my head in shame and apologize. In my defense I was in NYC traffic shock and panicking because no one would let me merge. Overall it was one good dose of NYC reality for me and it really made me appreciate the beauty and peace of Maine (I'm not really a big city guy), and also appreciate how tough things can be for those that make a living driving through this mess everyday.
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