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Old 03-17-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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I've been from NJ to Maine many, many times.

My dad always drove the NJTP to Garden State Pkwy, then 287, 684/84 in CT, Mass. Pike, 495 around Boston, and 95 into Maine.

On all Mapquests and Google maps that i enter for directions - they stay take 95 all the way up. We came home that way last time - and i remembered why my dad never did. Terrible traffic and roadwork all the way.

But i lost his old written instructions, and GPS also steers you onto 95. Can anyone tell me a way to route the trip onto those other roads - or is 95N better nowadays? We will also have a U-Haul 20' truck this time, so i see that you cannot use the Garden State Pkwy. Do you know of any other roads with restrictions on this route?

Thanks very much.
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Old 03-17-2018, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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Part of the directions also say you have to merge onto 95 by using the Hutchinson River Pkwy for 1.72 mi. From what i can see, no trucks are allowed on there. So how are you supposed to get to 95 I wonder?
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:00 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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With a 20 ft truck, you should avoid the I-95 thru NYC and CT altogether.

Take a look at this route which is actually 33 miles and 20 minutes shorter than the I-95 route. It uses the new Tappan Zee bridge instead of the GWB. We use it to go from Allentown PA to Hartford. It also avoids going thru Boston.

https://goo.gl/maps/Er1ZWcGRrr42
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Old 03-18-2018, 11:50 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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With a 20 ft truck, you should avoid the I-95 thru NYC and CT altogether.

Take a look at this route which is actually 33 miles and 20 minutes shorter than the I-95 route. It uses the new Tappan Zee bridge instead of the GWB. We use it to go from Allentown PA to Hartford. It also avoids going thru Boston.

https://goo.gl/maps/Er1ZWcGRrr42
BTW, if you take this route, be alert at the transition from I-287 to I-684, just after the TZ bridge. It is a right lane exit, then a quick left. See map blowup here: https://goo.gl/maps/CDrRx1XYefN2

Easy to miss, especially at night. BTDT
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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Thank you! That small amount of time where you are on NJ Route 18 - there are no places where it is bad for a U-Haul truck? I dont ever remember taking that road before.
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Old 03-18-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Actually have never been on that highway NJ-18 either, so if concerned, stay on NJT/I-95 until the big interchange with I-287 just north of there. It's not that much longer.

Just be careful to watch signage as it looks like bit of a challenge to be in the correct lane to make the change.

Here is new map with that change. Also are you aware that TZ Bridge & Mass Pike (I-90) have tolls ? Check with U-Haul on how to handle them.

https://goo.gl/maps/LM6mXW2r9w92

Last edited by reed303; 03-18-2018 at 03:40 PM.. Reason: new map
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Old 03-18-2018, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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Actually have never been on that highway NJ-18 either, so if concerned, stay on NJT/I-95 until the big interchange with I-287 just north of there. It's not that much longer.

Just be careful to watch signage as it looks like bit of a challenge to be in the correct lane to make the change.

Here is new map with that change. Also are you aware that TZ Bridge & Mass Pike (I-90) have tolls ? Check with U-Haul on how to handle them.

https://goo.gl/maps/LM6mXW2r9w92
Thanks.

Been checking on the tolls - i see that the bridge and Mass. Pike have no cash lanes any more, so i'm looking into how U-Haul handles the tolls/fees. I don't want to incur late fees on those tolls! I have EZ pass for my own vehicle, but we'll be driving two.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Any way you want. It depends what type of experiences you are looking for along the way. The shortest or fastest route doesn't alwayd fit with the objevtives of your travels. New England is full of scenic routes. I pick where I want to go and connect the dots. I like to travel close to the ocean and visit seaport towns.
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Old 03-19-2018, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Thanks.

Been checking on the tolls - i see that the bridge and Mass. Pike have no cash lanes any more, so i'm looking into how U-Haul handles the tolls/fees. I don't want to incur late fees on those tolls! I have EZ pass for my own vehicle, but we'll be driving two.
You can request a tag from EZ pass for the truck, when you get to Maine you just return it. That is what we did when we moved to FL if you have enough time for them to mail it to you
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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You can request a tag from EZ pass for the truck, when you get to Maine you just return it. That is what we did when we moved to FL if you have enough time for them to mail it to you
Thanks. I wondered about that but i figured we thought of it too late.
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