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Old 10-19-16, 06:34 PM
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Non Bike Related NYC SW CT Question

I hope I don't cause a stir posing this question here.

Saturday midday I will be coming across I 80 from IA into the NYC vicinity on my way to SW Connecticut. Never having been in the NYC area (actually East of Indiana) would I be wise to avoid NYC, staying to the North on say I 287, or go for it and see what I can of the City passing through on I 80/95?
Big city traffic doesn't bother me if it is moving, I would hate to end up in some unanticipated road construction/ event traffic. etc.
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Old 10-19-16, 07:33 PM
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There's always traffic, excepting Sat and Sun mornings at 6AM.

The I80 route takes you to I95 then over the George Washington Bridge. You get a great view of Manhattan from the bridge, if you happen to be in the extreme right lane and stopped. Otherwise you'll be paying attention to the crazy NYC drivers and will never see NYC. Then you hit the Bronx and I95 is not exactly scenic.

As note, pull over somewhere in NJ on 80 and check Google Maps Traffic for the route. It'll give you recent traffic updates. AM radio stations 1010 WINS (1010 on the dial) has traffic reports on the 1, 11, 21 etc.. as well as CBS 880 on the 8's, both all day.

If you really want to see NYC, take the train in from CT., go to the Top of the Rock (observation lounge on top of one of the Radio City buildings).

Otherwise I'd skip I95 and when you have the option, go up I287 in NJ to I87 south, to the Tappen Zee Bridge, then stay on I287 to I95 to CT.
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Old 10-19-16, 07:38 PM
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I've been driving the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) and over the GW Bridge for the past 17 years. Last year my company moved near the Tappen Zee Bridge so I have that option.

I let Google navigation pick which way I do. I suggest you do the same since it looks at current traffic conditions and will pick the quickest way.

Don't be afraid of NYC, we're really very friendly.
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Unless you plan on sightseeing in NYC, bypass it. Stay North ( 287 or 84 ). As posted above, take the train into NYC. It's half the price and twice as fast as driving and parking.
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absolutely go up and around. it may not save you time on a good day -- odds are it comes out about the same. 50/50 i'd say.

but get unlucky on a bad day and the gwb + cross bronx will cost you 3 hours.

i-80 to exit 63. fill us. with the last cheap gas headed north east at one of 3 stations. then north on 17 to 87 and the tappan zee.
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Thanks to all for the responses!

This is exactly the kind of information I was hoping for. I will avoid I80/95 through NYC and will either exit I80 at 287 or we may push into NJ on 80 to exit 63 and work our way to 287.

Unfortunately this won't be a site seeing trip, except what is seen through the windshield. I am helping one of my daughters get to Fairfield CT for an internship. We should arrive early Sat. evening and I fly out of White Plains early Sun. morning.
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I don't remember exactly where Fairfield is but when I was a truck driver I would take I-81 north in PA to I-84 across the tip of NY into CT near Danbury and avoid joyzee altogether, once in CT there are multiple wells to get down to 95.. i imagine you are long gone by now but that's my 2 cents
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
Thanks to all for the responses!

This is exactly the kind of information I was hoping for. I will avoid I80/95 through NYC and will either exit I80 at 287 or we may push into NJ on 80 to exit 63 and work our way to 287..
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Why not simply I-80 to I-81 to I-84? That will take you to Danbury, CT.
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On a Saturday afternoon I don't think the GWB and Cross Bronx (I95) should be a problem but don't hold me to it. But heading north and taking 287 would most likely be faster. There is construction going on for the new Tappan Zee bridge which might cause some back ups. I use an app called Waze on my phone for live updates on traffic.
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Why not simply I-80 to I-81 to I-84? That will take you to Danbury, CT.

That puts us a little further North than where we will end up, but not so much to really be an issue at first glance.

Thanks for the suggestion. I will MapQuest it where I can drag the route around for the various options. I don't mind driving a little further if it ultimately saves time.
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Originally Posted by dendawg View Post
On a Saturday afternoon I don't think the GWB and Cross Bronx (I95) should be a problem but don't hold me to it. But heading north and taking 287 would most likely be faster. There is construction going on for the new Tappan Zee bridge which might cause some back ups. I use an app called Waze on my phone for live updates on traffic.
Just loaded the app, Thanks!
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Just loaded the app, Thanks!
Too bad you can't stay longer. Great riding in that area and the foliage is peaking around now.
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That puts us a little further North than where we will end up, but not so much to really be an issue at first glance.

Thanks for the suggestion. I will MapQuest it where I can drag the route around for the various options. I don't mind driving a little further if it ultimately saves time.
You can't get any further west than Danbury since it borders NY. If you need to be south of there, take U.S. 7.


MapQuest? People still use MapQuest? I think I last used it in 2008.
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I would just stay on I-80 to the GWB and go across The Bronx. It isn't that bad, especially on a Saturday. You will hit some traffic, but this isn't LA where the traffic goes on forever. As mentioned you will get to see the city from the bridge. On a clear day it is a pretty impressive sight. As a NYC cyclist it is one of the better places to ride too.
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Thanks to all!

Ended up taking I80 to 287, across the Tappen Zee, and on to CT. Uneventful drive which is good. A lot of nice scenery, a little rain but overall good trip. 9 States (8 driving, 1 flying) in 52 hours.
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