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Old 04-29-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Crossing NY state

We are heading out to Maine this summer and will be going across New York . I like the two lanes if they are in good condition. Which would be the better choice the NY State Thruway or route 20? Is there a better alternative to these?
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:23 PM   #2
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An ex-New Yorker says.....

The NYS Thruway (I-90) is a nice smooth road. But there are the high tolls. You pay per axle. Rt 20 is wonderful if you have the time to take the scenic route. There are many hills as you cross the state. Where are you coming from? If coming from the very west of the state, think about crossing the bottom of the state. Take NY 17 which is becoming I-88. A nice ride. Most of it is 4 lane. There will be some construction as they change it from NY 17 to I-88 near Corning/Horseheads area. Haven't been there since Dec 2007 so there may be more construction elsewhere.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:10 AM   #3
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I drove across the old Rt 17 last summer, and although it's no longer a 2 lane, it wasn't too bad. There were a few short sections that were pretty bumpy though in the Corning area, but perhaps they've been repaired since.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:32 AM   #4
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My family has lived in upstate NY for 100 years. Route 20, The cherry valley route, is the way we used to get around before the tollway. It is still the most picturesque. There are some hills which will make you slow down and enjoy the scenery. There are few trucks, since most of them use the tollway. Campgrounds are a little sparse. If you have the time there is a lot to see in the summer. If you are traveling in the fall the colors are great. If you are traveling in the winter, take the tollway.
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We were up that way last year. Thru-way was fine, nice easy cruise if you want to make time. We have never seen so many RV's on one road...and we were the only AS we saw on the road,except for 2 in camp in Niagara.
We took Rt.20 on/off...some sections were dumpy, run-down kind of places with some pretty torn up sections of road, not as nice as we remembered from 15 yrs ago.But it is always easy to jump back on the thru-way when you get tired of it.
Upper NY State is beautiful.
Stop at Howe Caverns.

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Old 04-30-2009, 09:55 AM   #6
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We are coming from Illinois where the roads are a disaster. We have lots of politicians who like to steal the funding and anything else they can get. Looks like we have one more for the govenor's wing in the federal pen.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:42 AM   #7
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I was on I17/88 on March 24th between Salamancha and Bath. IT is quite rough for10-20 miles just east of Salamancha. I was glad I wasn't towing anything.
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We took old NY 17 two years ago from the PA line to Corning, NY and back - mostly smooth, but there were several areas where 'highway hop' was horrendous! If you take this route (which is quite a bit more scenic than the thruway) be ready to slow down for that.
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I drove across the old Rt 17 last summer, and although it's no longer a 2 lane, it wasn't too bad. There were a few short sections that were pretty bumpy though in the Corning area, but perhaps they've been repaired since.
Rt 17 is now I-86, what we used to call "old 17" has been St Rt 417 and runs from Corning-ish over to near Jamestown. My parents drove 417 two weeks ago and gave it two thumbs up. Each.

Also, US 6 across northern PA to US15 will also dump you out in the Elmira/Corning area. The southern tier expressway from there over to Binghamton isn't too bad, IIRC, and I-88 will run you the rest of the way up to Albany. SR 7 parallels I-88, but I haven't ever driven that and can't comment.

17, AKA I-86 between Jamestown and Painted Post was sectioned concrete last time I drove it, and a pretty nauseating ride. Between Erie and Jamestown: good, between Painted Post/Danville and Elmira/Corning: also pretty decent.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:19 AM   #10
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If I had plenty of time to take the scenic route, I'd take the Seaway Trail along Lake Ontario:

The SEAWAY TRAIL ... New York State's National Scenic Byway...the road that leads to great adventures and lifelong memories for you and your family.

There are plenty of NY State Parks with campgrounds along the way.

If I wanted to make the best time, I'd take the Thruway. There are tolls, but the Thruway is one of the better-maintained roads in NY state.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:53 AM   #11
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I have never heard of the Seaway Trail, what a great suggestion. Looks like we will be following that home. You can't beat the Forum for travel information!
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