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Old 10-05-2016, 08:49 AM
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Tomorrow mid-day I need to drive from Winston-Salem, NC to NYC.

Normally when I make that trip I do the extra 30 miles to go via I-81 so I can avoid the DC mess.

Google Maps is showing all sorts of caution indicators along I-81. Has anybody made this trip in the last week or so? Should I bite the bullet and go through DC?
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:51 AM
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81 once you get up into the mountains is down to one lane, if you don't hit it at the right time it could you hold you up for a while. its from tower city to Scranton. so from the pa/md line until you get to the 81/78 split you should be ok, and it looks like if youre going to nyc that youll be avoiding the single lane near tower city etc and taking 78 so you should be good.
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Originally Posted by wannabefishin View Post
81 once you get up into the mountains is down to one lane, if you don't hit it at the right time it could you hold you up for a while. its from tower city to Scranton. so from the pa/md line until you get to the 81/78 split you should be ok, and it looks like if youre going to nyc that youll be avoiding the single lane near tower city etc and taking 78 so you should be good.
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78 Sucks, I would jump onto 76 (toll) and take it to the NJ TP
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I should add that I haven't been that far up 78, only as far as cabelas, in a while so I don't know what youll run into up there. all the 81 work is nights now so as long as you don't hit rush hour youre good.
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On a weekday, off rush hour times, DC isn't too bad. I wouldn't bet on I-81 or I-78 not having construction.
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From winchester, va to Harrisburg is clear. Save from the normal median work and volume.
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always construction from lebon valley to Binghamton--always--
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I live in Harrisburg. There is Construction just north of the 81 -78 split. About 5-10 miles worth but can slow down with trucks due to the single lane and hills.

The only other alternative is 78 , but I can't stand that road especially near Allentown.

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2 weeks ago I ran 81 from Winchester VA to Harrisburg PA without noticeable construction along the route.......and I recall seeing alot of construction signs on google just like you're seeing. (I was heading to Watkins Glen NY from Richmond VA and went around DC for the same reason you are)
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For closure: I made the run and both 81 and 78 were fine.

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