I've done that once on a trip to Maine 7 years ago or so... Going to Maine from southern Ohio, we shot across I-70, I-76, I-78, to I-95. My ex-girlfriend planed the route and I was not wise enough to research the route she planned... That was the worst traffic I have ever seen!
On the way back to southern Ohio, we took I-84, I-81, I-76 and it was a much easier drive!
Just made that drive last weekend coming back from vacation in Maine. It avoids the traffic around NYC and on the coastal roads in Connecticut. Takes about 20 minutes longer, all things being equal, but if there's traffic around NYC it can take the same or less time. It's mostly four-lane highway, so I suppose there is some potential traffic risk (the other ways being a lot of 6 lane or larger segments). The road itself has some sections which need resurfaced, but nothing that was intolerable. I don't do the I-95 route thru NYC. I always do either the I-84 route or the I-287 / I-87 route over the Tappen Zee bridge.Edited: 26 July 2013, 21:08
I should clarify.We usually take the I84/287/Tappan Zee route. We're thinking of the inland I84 route. I think we may try it.Thanks!
Yes, I was referring to the inland I-84 to I-81 route as well.
I always use Interstate 84 West to Interstate 81 South to Interstate 83 to York, PA. It takes me about 4 and 1/2 hours from SW CT to Harrisburg. There may be lane closures due to construction and that can slow you down, but I definitely prefer this route and find traffic far less than either 95 route or 287 over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Just make sure you time your trip to get down to York before Harrisburg rush hour around 4pm.
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