I95 NY City

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by tmb0507, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    you can listen to AM radio 880. traffic reports 24/7 on the "8's", meaning every 8 minutes.

    i would start listening to 880 about the fairhaven/bridgeport, ct area

    if the cross bronx is messed up, then take 287, then drop down to Rt 17 south, follow to the turnpike. if you wanted to get back on I-95.

    17 is a good road, watch your speed, and there will be traffic lights.

    if you decide to go thru the city, then getting closer to the GWB, stay in the LEFT 2 lanes, otherwise, traffic WILL NOT ALLOW you to move over there later, and down below you will go, and get a ticket.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  2. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Heavy Load Member

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    Yes. I take 17 all the time, only difference is I grab I80 west to I95 most times.
     
  3. LeadFarmer

    LeadFarmer Bobtail Member

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    As a long time resident in NNJ you'll get plenty of warning for the split. You get as many as 4 chances to swap as well depending on the approach so you're not FUBAR if you miss the first exit.

    Also on traffic you'll want 1010am aka 1010 WINS. It's broadcast range is halfway up into Connecticut and does traffic on the 1's which gives you enough time to plan on GWB vs TPZ. If you go on GW be careful there's a permanent graveyard of 4 wheelers and a tow truck because there's an average of 4-6 serious accidents a week. One moderate rear ender at 40mph can cause hour+ delays cascading across area for hours after.

    If you're heading south on 95 how many miles out of route does 287 aka Tappan Zee Bridge take you?
     
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Tappan Zee is being rebuilt as I write this. It was built during the war years on wooden piling inside the river bottom. The life of that bridge was designed for 55 years, it's being replaced. In addition the Tappan Zee probably has construction etc.

    I forget exactly the miles and hours to get around via the Tappan Zee because southbound GWB is free. In my time it was worth the 12 some dollars to cross the TZ rather than pay the 25 dollar toll for GWB northbound. (That really dates me... considering the GWB toll NB is about 106 or so... today)

    Sometimes we used the Newburgh, time and route miles fuel burn be ######. But that was a different time.

    Another poster said that the cars will NOT move for you. They absolutely will NOT move. In fact they want you to hit them so they can sue you, your company and your insurance etc. So that the payouts will reward them for being stubborn and obstinate. I do have a certain way of chiseling myself and the 18 wheeler over in that area, but it's particularly aggressive and something I wont even recommend to anyone here that is not from that time. For example northbound near the old east river there used to be no railing at all in the far left over the very far down to the ground. If you were not careful and alert at night, off you go. 200 feet down.

    I can go on, but GWB is one of my lifetime favorites and it's a very important bridge. The cables that hold that up is made in Beth steel of Sparrows Point near Baltimore, the mill does not exist anymore. And the rest of the steel is honest by gawd american steel. While the Bay Bridge on the san fran west coast is chinese steel.

    The saddest thing about the lower level is that in the beams up above your exhaust stack would be homeless sleeping on slab of wood wedged up there between beams under the pavement of the upper deck. I generally try to be gentle crossing up there towards the end northbound because there are people about a few feet under your wheels. Whole lotta shaking going on (That's good, a living bridge redistributes the loading)
     
  5. W900AOwner

    W900AOwner Medium Load Member

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    The Tappan Zee Bridge (new one,) is completed, and the old one is being dismantled as we type. I crossed it twice last week myself.

    Whenever I am headed anywhere in south Jersey from up top off 287, I run down 287 south, a few exits south of the I-78 split to 206/202 and stay on 202 to rt. 31 south, then grab 95/295 and that eliminates all the heartaches associated with the big city traffic and the NJTP, and it's FREE. All of us that run from New England down into Phili, south Jersey, De., Md. etc. and return all run that way by default. Plenty of places to get food, coffee, too. Orlando's diner down in Hopewell, NJ is a great little spot, truck parking overnight if you ask them too.
     
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  6. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Heavy Load Member

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    Unless they completed the ramps in a month it's only half done. Two directions on one bridge. Much smoother though.
     
  7. tmb0507

    tmb0507 Light Load Member

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    I'm thinking about shooting over and doing Newburg route take 84 87 to 287 it's only about 40-50 miles extra on my trip and looks like it will avoid some headache
     
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  8. Ruthless

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    What time of day will you be traveling this route?
     
  9. x1Heavy

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    287 all the way down to 95 is a headache during rush.

    You are better off taking GWB straight down.

    Newburgh is hilly in that area, your out of route will be compounded by fuel burn. Also the traffic up there in rush is pretty tough as well.

    Out of the three choices I usually take the GWB southbound straight through. Just don't do it during the rush if at all possible.
     
  10. tmb0507

    tmb0507 Light Load Member

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    I'm getting loaded now I'm trying to decide what I want to do cause I know parking sucks up here
     
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