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Old 09-05-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Hi...I've been offered a position in Bridgewater, NJ - I currently live in the Leonia/Fort Lee area and work in the city. Has anyone experienced the driving commute to Bridgewater in the mornings/evenings? I google/mapped it and it's 43 miles/50 minutes or so. How's the traffic? Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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Hi...I've been offered a position in Bridgewater, NJ - I currently live in the Leonia/Fort Lee area and work in the city. Has anyone experienced the driving commute to Bridgewater in the mornings/evenings? I google/mapped it and it's 43 miles/50 minutes or so. How's the traffic? Thanks!
It will be about an hour if you are traveling at 3 am in good weather with no construction. For those who work a typical job and hours, a good general rule when trying to estimate the actual commute time is to take whatever is stated by Googlemaps or Mapquest, multiply by 2 and add 10%. Traffic is a bear on 95, 78, 287, 24, 80, etc, Your time is also highly dependent on exactly when you leave...if you travel during peak rush times, expect the longer commute.

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:48 AM
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I used to do that trip almost daily between Bridgewater and Fairview, NJ but it was during the day and not commuter hours. It was about 1.5 hrs during that time period so I would say during the commuter hours 2+ is probably pretty close.

I95/NJTP toI287 to rt 22 Bridgewater or NJTP to I78 and backroads to Bridgewater.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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Probably still easier than a hike to the city. Ive always hovered to a later start time to avoid most of the rush hour.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:28 PM
 
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I used to do that trip almost daily between Bridgewater and Fairview, NJ but it was during the day and not commuter hours. It was about 1.5 hrs during that time period so I would say during the commuter hours 2+ is probably pretty close.

I95/NJTP toI287 to rt 22 Bridgewater or NJTP to I78 and backroads to Bridgewater.
Well, she would be reverse-commuting. So it wouldn't be as bad as if she were commuting from Bridgewater to Fort Lee. But... yeah. Long drive. An hour on a very good day.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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Well, she would be reverse-commuting. So it wouldn't be as bad as if she were commuting from Bridgewater to Fort Lee. But... yeah. Long drive. An hour on a very good day.

There really is no "reverse commute" in this area any longer. While the commute into NYC is definitely heavier, the commute to Somerset County/Bridgewater/and the eastern part of Morris County is quite heavy due to all the corporate offices located there. 78, 24, 80, 95 and 287 etc all have rush in both directions both AM and PM.


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Old 09-06-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Probably 2 ways to go
RT 80W -> 287 S -> Bridgewater
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GSP -> 78 W -> 287 S -> Bridgewater

average time, maybe an 1 hr to 1 1/4 hr

I've done 80/287 intercetion to Bridgewater and done GSP exit 150 S -> 78 -> Bridgewater, both in 30 min (during day, moving 60-70)

It's a tossup as to which is best.
my vote is GSP/78/287, I would say less chance of high traffic during rush hour. and Traffic flys on 78
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