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Old 06-24-2008, 08:10 AM
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Leaving today, if someone has driven this and has any recommendations or suggestions, I'd appreciate it much.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:21 AM
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Yes, it's the most direct way. Just plan your arrival time when you near the GWB and 95 into CT as it's usually a parking lot at any given time except between 3-4 AM
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:44 AM
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I would try to avoid the beltway. Just North of Richmond, you can cut off 95N to 301, and follow 301 to the Annapolis Bay Bridge. It's a lot more scenic with a lot less traffic. Yes, there are some traffic lights and congested areas. From the bridge, once on the Eastern Shore, stay North on 301. This is a 50 mile stretch of divided 4-lane highway with NO TRAFFIC. Watch your speed here.. When it enters DE, turn Right onto 299 in Middletown (at the Lowes) and follow it to 1 North, and then 13N (stay to the right when on 13) which will take you to 95 just before the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I don't take the express cutoff from 1 to 95 because it enters 95 in the middle of the construction zone. 13 has lights and lots of stores, but moves well. Keep to the Right on 13 to enter the ramp to 95 and the bridge.

95 in Delaware has a lot of construction due to a widening project, and is often at a standstill.

If you need to buy anything en route, remember Delaware has no sales tax.

In NJ, I would avoid the GWB. In fact, I NEVER tahe the GWB when going to CT. There's always an accident under "the apartments". IMO, anyone is nuts to plan a route that goes through NYC. I'd take the Turnpike and cut over to the Garden State Parkway where the two roads cross, take the GSP to the end, hang a right, and then take the Tappan Zee bridge to the Cross-Westchester into CT.

It's very helpful to have EZ-Pass.

The route I outlined avoids DC, Baltimore and 95 in Delaware, and NYC..

YMMV

Delaware has an excellent site showing delays http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?com...tions&county=1
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:00 AM
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trockhall nailed it. I do this drive often with my parents. Except I do it during snowbird exodus time, so we always seem to hit 3 hours of traffic in Georgia. It won't be the case for you though.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:43 AM
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Great info...I'm trailering to Maine this summer from Va Beach and had a question wrt EZPass. Only stupid question is the one not asked. Is there a lane restriction at the toll plaza when towing? In other words, can you tow a trailer through the EZPass lanes as long as I have my EZPass coded for my vehicle/trailer (no height issue)? My gut tells me no restriction, but if soneone else learned this lesson the hard way, I'd like to know.

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I don't know. I see tractor-trailers going through all the time, as well as 5th wheel RVs. Have you checked the EZ-Pass site?
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Question: Driving from Florida to Connecticut - stay on 95?

You can tow a trailer through EZ Pass no problem. I've done it several times with my boat from NJ to RI. No need to do anything special - just make sure your EZ Pass is up to date.

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t3,

Do you use the 95 to 1 to 299 to 301 going to Rock Hall? Last time we were down 896/301 was a mess right up to the Lowes/Wawa (Middletown?)...

The only alternative i know well enough is 213 into Chestertown to 20.

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Old 06-24-2008, 02:03 PM
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Yes, 213 is what we've been doing lately. 95 to 896S to 40W (a very short distance), a right on 40, and then left Left on 213 directly into the center of Galena on 213, then Right on 213, etc. 896 is getting ANOTHER new traffic light this weekend. Any exit off 95 can take you to 40 if 95 is jammed but 40 is a very crowded road. 213 is a delight.

There is a short cut off 213 to avoid Chestertown. From 213, turn right on 298 (between Galena and Kennedyville). Follow 298 to its end, and you'll be on 20 at the big AT&T microwave tower. It's a mile less, without the traffic and stoplights lights in Chestertown.

the rt 1 / 299 / 896 / 301 is the most direct, but we take our chances on 95 to get to 896S. They're rebuilding a lot of Middletown, and have added a LOT of new stores and lights there.
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Something to note. When you get to around deleware you will see signs for I-95 to Philidelphia or New Jersey Turnpike. Take the turnpike.

When you get onto the NJ turnpike up north you can take the local or express. Local is usually less crowded.
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Old 06-24-2008, 02:21 PM
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Turnpike local knowledge: Going SOUTH also take the local. Nearing the "merge" at exit 7 where the car and truck lanes merge, stay in the far right lane. There's NO MERGE from the left into that lane.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:21 PM
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t3rockhall - 6/24/2008 8:44 AM

I would try to avoid the beltway. Just North of Richmond, you can cut off 95N to 301, and follow 301 to the Annapolis Bay Bridge.
I would think that would add an additional 3hrs to your trip???? Traveling through DC and NYC is time dependent. You need to hit these areas at the right times.
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surfncnow - 6/27/2008 2:21 AM



t3rockhall - 6/24/2008 8:44 AM

I would try to avoid the beltway. Just North of Richmond, you can cut off 95N to 301, and follow 301 to the Annapolis Bay Bridge.
I would think that would add an additional 3hrs to your trip???? Traveling through DC and NYC is time dependent. You need to hit these areas at the right times.
Well, those are the routes I would take. YMMV.

At any rate, the OP was leaving on the 24th. Perhaps he'll come back and tell us hou the trip worked out.
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