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Old 02-22-2010, 07:05 PM
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What's the best driving route from Boston to Harrisburg. I'm leaving Boston on Thursday.

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:12 PM
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I used to drive this 25+ years ago, i.e., long before Google maps and GPS units. Back then it was: From Boston I-95 south to Providence to New Haven (I-95 was not complete then) to I-78 east to Harrisburg. The one practical rule was you timed your travels to avoid the Stamford-NY-Newark urban area on weekday rush hours.

This seems to be the preferred route of many truckers, too. Also, it also matters what area of Boston you're talking about. If you're talking about say Lexington or Tewksbury or in between, it makes sense to go I-90 W to I-84 SW to I-95 to I-78. However, I never liked this route, it always seemed longer (timewise) then I-95, (but fellow travelers swore by it). In my opinion, it always came down the effect of fast moving traffic on I-95 -- it was common to see groups of cars doing 85. The faster traffic more than made up for a longer distance.

Again, this was 25+ years ago.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:22 PM
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My wife often traveled to a site in central CT from Hershey and they always took I-81 to I-84. Probably far less likely to get slowed down in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton or in Hartford than closer to the NEC, unless you're looking at a dead of night drive.

Driving to central NJ it's gotten so we'll just take the Turnpikes from Hershey instead of I-78 which is too small a road for the high volume of truck traffic between Hamburg and Allentown.
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