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How to avoid traffic jams in NYC/NJ area?

I'm looking at riding from New Fairfield Ct to Washington DC via Peekskill NY and the Bear Mountain PKWY into route 87, then onto 95 south.

It looks as if it will take 6.5 hours of riding; I'm figuring an 8.5 hour day?

If I leave new fairfield around 8Am and cross over into NJ on I90 around 9-10, am I going to hit a lot of traffic?

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That was my first reaction as well.
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I'm looking at riding from New Fairfield Ct to Washington DC via Peekskill NY and the Bear Mountain PKWY into route 87, then onto 95 south.

It looks as if it will take 6.5 hours of riding; I'm figuring an 8.5 hour day?

If I leave new fairfield around 8Am and cross over into NJ on I90 around 9-10, am I going to hit a lot of traffic?

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If you leave your driveway at 8AM on a weekday in that area you are in a traffic jam. I'd leave 10 AM, head for the Tappan Zee Bridge, down the GSP to the NJ Toll Road. You will hit the Baltimore DC area in rush hour. It may be best to stop north of Baltimore for dinner and let traffic die down.

If your trip is on Friday, all bets are off. It is still warm enough for everyone to start draining out of the eastern cities to go to the shore or the country starting at noon on Friday.
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Re: How to avoid traffic jams in NYC area?

If I were heading to DC and wanted to avoid traffic, instead of going south on I-87, I would go north and get to I-84 as go west to Scranton PA and take I-81 to Maryland and then head east to wherever I really needed to go. It don't think it would take much longer.

And alternate to north on I-87 would be to head south but go west on I-287 and then west on I-80 to I-81, then south. There is no way I would take I-95 south from I-87.. That is arguably the worst traffic in northeast on I-95. The only thing worse is reversing that route going north over the GW Bridge.

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Do yourself a favor and leave at 10:00 PM.

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Thank You for the time it took everyone to post suggestions, especially the alternate routes, and stopping outside of DC for dinner.

Sine i like "Bert and I" humor, I smiled at the don't go there.:-) OR, may be it reminded me of one of my favorite Henny Youngman Jokes?

While time goes by FAST when I ride late at night, little or no traffic, I don't sleep well when I finally stop--ruins the next day for me.

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If you leave your driveway at 8AM on a weekday in that area you are in a traffic jam. I'd leave 10 AM, head for the Tappan Zee Bridge, down the GSP to the NJ Toll Road. You will hit the Baltimore DC area in rush hour. It may be best to stop north of Baltimore for dinner and let traffic die down.
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Re: How to avoid traffic jams in NYC area?

Hi Bob,

I just drove from just outside NYC to Newark Delaware and back on Thursday to visit my son at UDel. There's a lot of construction both directions, going on on the NJ Turnpike (RT95) from just south of exit 9 (New Brunswick) to below exit 6. They are extending the length of the truck lanes. It wasn't too bad in an SUV, but all the slowing traffic and dump trucks could annoy you on a bike. There also seemed to be quite a bit of debris on the roadway which would concern me. On the southbound leg alone I noticed 3 cars pulled off to the side changing tires.

Even though it seems to be a bit longer, the mentioned route into PA would be better IMO.

Just another thought... You could also take the Garden State Pkwy south from 87 (Thruway) and just stay on it until the end at Cape May and take the ferry to Delaware then work your way toward Washington. I did that last summer and it was a nice change of pace. I'd say about 3.5 hours from CT to Cape May and by then the 70 minute ferry trip would give you a welcome break to sit at a booth and have a snack and re-hydrate.

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