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Old 07-14-2006, 09:55 AM   #15
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Yuki, won't 95N to 128S take you west around Boston through the suburbs? I think 95N to 93N takes you through Boston and the Tobin Bridge/Rt. 1
nope. not from RI. well..."kinda". This is the inherant confusion caused by overlaying route numbers...and probably why no one from "around hee-yuh" ever refers to any part of 128 as "95", or "93", even though technically, they are the same in some spots.
So...from RI, 95N to 128S goes toward Boston. 128S in this area is actually heading east. But its also 93N. and will take you through Boston...But 95N to 128S will loop around Boston through the western suburbs.

There. is everyone from outta-town thoroughly confused, now?

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A few weekends ago it took me about an hour and a half to get from 95N to Rte 225 exit using 128, about 17-18 miles, because of rain (no accidents). This was on a Saturday.
yeah, that can happen any time...particularly on the southern tier. Rain=bad on that road...I think because it has a "feel" of having less room, because the road is lined with businesses, and it curves and pitches more than most limited access highways...the sight lines are short. There's as much asphalt there as anywhere...but it doesn't "feel" that way. So at the slightest disruption, everyone slows down too much, and gridlock prevails.
Its always a good idea to keep an eye (or ear) on the traffic reports, if 128 is in the cards for you. But typically, on the weekend or non-rush hour, I'm as comfortable on that road as any other.
Now...the SE expressway...yikes. That really IS congested. the lanes are narrow, there's no median...jersey barriers just inches from the left lane, AND no break down lanes. Even though its mostly flat and straight, I find it to be extremely "white-knuckle-y". I'm sure a big part of that is that I'm not used to it...don't go there, much. But whenever I do, I always have this great feeling of relief when I exit.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:28 AM   #16
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...But 95N to 128S will loop around Boston through the western suburbs
Isn't that what I just said? Ohhhhhh, noooooooo, I'm so confused!

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Old 07-14-2006, 10:50 AM   #17
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I have mapquested the route and also hand calculated, not sure either one is correct, but I get a difference of 8-13 miles RT 495 VS RT 128.
yeah, I just measured...got 12 miles difference. not that much, in the big scheme of things, and not as much as I thought.

the difference for Over59 is only 6 miles. (from where 190 intersects the pike, to 128 via 90, then N to 95, to the intersection of 495, vs. 190>290>495 to the same spot).

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I have always had the mind set that when towing, 495 is better.
If you feel that way...then it is. for you.
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It does tow nice, and I did not have any "big bangs" or other scary instances on 495. Never did while towing SOB's either.
I probably need new axles. But I had the same experience as '59...the road itself is fine; its just that they never fixed the overpasses. and the shocks were enough to dislodge "everything" inside the trailer.
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Need advice going to Maine

Heading up to Waterford ME this Friday (yeah-I know, traffic city!) Waterford is north of Fryeburg, south of Bethel.
Unfortunately, due to my departure time, I will hit the Portsmouth/Portland area right around 5:00 if I go 495-95 N.

I am considering taking RT 16 heading toward North Conway and then 302 over towards Waterford. A llitle more scenic than 95 N all the way, especially with the anticipated traffic around Portsmouth.

Any advice opinions? (Not on the 495 versus 128 section-I am going 495. Just interested in the stretch north of Boston)

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I haven't been through Portland during rush hour lately, but I have been up 16 through Portsmouth toward the White mountains quite a few times recently, and it is nasty. Long backups for many miles getting out of portsmouth on 16.
Portland is an hour past Portsmouth, without traffic.

If 6 pm traffic in Portland is likely to be that bad, what I would do is get off 495 in Haverhill, and take 125 up to 16, and continue from there. That'll also save you quite a few bucks in tolls.
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Heading up to Waterford ME this Friday (yeah-I know, traffic city!) Waterford is north of Fryeburg, south of Bethel.
Unfortunately, due to my departure time, I will hit the Portsmouth/Portland area right around 5:00 if I go 495-95 N.

I am considering taking RT 16 heading toward North Conway and then 302 over towards Waterford. A llitle more scenic than 95 N all the way, especially with the anticipated traffic around Portsmouth.

Any advice opinions? (Not on the 495 versus 128 section-I am going 495. Just interested in the stretch north of Boston)

Thanx, Bill
When you first exit route 95 and enter route 16 the traffic can be pretty backed up as route 16 is an undivided, two lane highway. After that it's pretty good, there are a few steep hills but they have slow lanes for those of us who are towing to use. As you go through Center Ossipee wave to our vacation home, we never use it now that we have our Airstream...
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I haven't been through Portland during rush hour lately, but I have been up 16 through Portsmouth toward the White mountains quite a few times recently, and it is nasty. Long backups for many miles getting out of portsmouth on 16.
Portland is an hour past Portsmouth, without traffic.

If 6 pm traffic in Portland is likely to be that bad, what I would do is get off 495 in Haverhill, and take 125 up to 16, and continue from there. That'll also save you quite a few bucks in tolls.
Yes we travel 16 quite a bit also and understand that the beginning can be backed (pretty bad!).

Chuck, using 125 would circumnavigate that backup. What is 125 like?
I have never driven that road, looks like a good shortcut over to 16?

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Yes we travel 16 quite a bit also and understand that the beginning can be backed (pretty bad!).

Chuck, using 125 would circumnavigate that backup. What is 125 like?
I have never driven that road, looks like a good shortcut over to 16?

Thanx, Bill
Route 125 has lots of lights - but we use it if we fear route 95 will be messy.
I'm not sure it's a shortcut, just a way to avoid route 95.
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there's quite a few lights going through Haverhill...fairly busy commercial district in Plaistow...but once you get past that, its smooth sailing up to 16. 40-50mph secondary route. Beats sitting in that 16 traffic, for sure.
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Thanks Guys, I will try it this week.

Do you think, overall, that will be a good route up to Waterford ME? (495-125-16-302) or just stick with 95?

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Thanks Guys, I will try it this week.

Do you think, overall, that will be a good route up to Waterford ME? (495-125-16-302) or just stick with 95?

Bill
Sounds like a good plan to me - but you will miss seeing a small herd of Airstreams heading up to Georgetown, ME for a New England Unit Rally.
We'll be traveling on Route 101 to Route 95 - hope to leave around 5:00pm as it's a 3+ hour ride for us and we'd like to get set up while there is still a bit of daylight......
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Where is Georgetown?
I don't see it on the map...maybe we will stop by,
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mid-coast...south of "Woolwich". (between Bath and Wiscasset)
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I don't see it on the map...maybe we will stop by,
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It's near Bath, right on the ocean. I'll PM you the directions. It's a bit of a haul from Waterford, I'd guess about a 1 1/2 to 2 hours ride. But we'd love to meet you folks so feel free to come on down. If not this one how about the September "forums" event Titu & Gail are holding? It's even in your state.
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