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Old 08-28-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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Hi folks. I'm driving up to NYC from NC and usually take the NJ Turnpike through NJ. As I understand it, there is major lane widening construction on the Turnpike, so I was planning on taking 295 from the Delaware Memorial Bridge all the way up to 195, which would reconnect me to NJT at exit 7A on NJT. Would that get me past where the construction currently is?

If not, is there a faster route that you would suggest? In terms of timing, I should be getting to the Delaware Memorial Bridge around 10pm on a weeknight.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Do not go over Delaware bridge, take 95 north around Philly, enter NJ near Ewing and work your way over to route 1 heading north towards New Brunswick. I believe if you get on the turnpike in NB, you'll miss the construction. Pretty sure there is construction at 7A.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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It's called "the 6 to 9 widening project", which refers to the exits between which the construction is.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:53 PM
 
Location: NJ & NV
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The TurnPike has been notorious for traffic delays. That is the entertainment that you pay your entertainment fee for.
You can check an online mapping program on a cell phone or pc and set the traffic layer so it tells you what the delay status is, but especially on weekends everybody is going up/down the Eastern seaboard to/from vacations, etc, it gets packed.

Going Northbound there are no Del Mem Br tolls so you could take that (I-295) and stay on I-295 to I-195. Actually I would take that or I-95 (not the Pike, the real I-95) back to either US 1 or US 130 in NJ then by exit 9 in New Brunswick (NJ Rt 18) there should be no usual delays since that is on the 12 lane section.

There are quite a few alternative choices such as I-95, I-295, I-95 to US-1 Freeway to US-1 in NJ, etc. Us-1 has a few lights but generally moves. US-130 I think has less lights.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:00 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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I drove back from the OBX a couple of weeks ago, and using Waze, which updates for traffic, I took the NJTP. the delays really weren't that bad. I can't remember what time I hit it, but we left OBX around 8am, so sometime in the late afternoon. Missed all the other beach area traffic too.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:16 PM
 
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I'm considering skipping DMB and staying on I-95 through Philly and getting on US-1 north of Trenton.

I'll check out Waze. Is it better than Google Maps for smartphones?
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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I've found it to be better than Google Maps because their traffic data is presented better. Google Maps you sort of have to fumble with while driving to see the traffic congestion on the map. Waze shows it to you. Unless i'm using Google Maps wrong, but I'd rather not have to touch it while driving. Waza also alerts you if their police ahead, accidents ahead, weather ahead, etc.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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It really depends on the time of day. North on rt 1 can be pretty brutal up to exit 9. Just baffles me how there can be a huge backup when you hit "the merge" heading north. You are going from 3 lanes to 5 lanes (yes, 2 more lanes), but it gets really backed up sometimes. Just people jockying for position I guess.
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Bergen County
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10pm on a weeknight? I don't think I would worry too much about traffic then. NJ traffic is a crapshoot. You can hit terrible traffic or no traffic almost any time of the day and night. I have taken routes to avoid the NJTurnpike, just to have that alternate route be jammed up. Would have been better off going NJTurnpike through traffic. But, I did save money on tolls, and generally it was a more peaceful drive. Also, depends on your destination.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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When is this project going to be completed?
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