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Old 11-06-2019, 10:07 PM   #1
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MD to CT Bridge recommendations

We are headed from north eastern MD to West Hartford, CT this weekend and are not sure which bridge to take over the Hudson. Mapquest is saying the George Washington Bridge; but I look at the map and think the Tappan Zee might be a better idea. We are not towing north bound; but will be towing south bound. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:19 PM   #2
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This past summer we traveled from the Airstream Park in South Jersey to Southbury CN and took the Tappan Zee Bridge. It was a good ride and traveling futher north help us avoid much of the New York City congestion. Our GPS(s) (we travel with two) both suggested the GW bridge.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:04 PM   #3
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Tappan Zee Bridge. Now renamed Gov Mario Cuomo Bridge. Definitely not the GWB.
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Old 11-07-2019, 03:09 AM   #4
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Ditto . . . not the GWB . . . TZ/Cuomo is brand new and gorgeous with good approaches and no toll booth. By the way, on any route it will be less expensive if you already have a NYS EZ Pass or reciprocal pass from your state [vs. overhead automatic scanning of your license plates]. NYS requires a special EZ Pass for towing a trailer -- see PS.

Personally, towing from West Hartford, I would take I-84 westbound to Newburgh NY, then head south on the NYS Thruway I-87, which will lead you to the Garden State Parkway I-287 southbound. This route will avoid the worst of NYC-centric traffic, and may actually be quicker time-wise, depending on traffic and time of day.

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PS -- NYS EZ Pass for towing is here:

http://www.thruway.ny.gov/ezpass/ta-w68176.pdf

The correct Class depends on the number of trailer axles. With our single-axle FC20, it is Class 076.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...ss-194616.html
https://www.google.com/search?q=NYS+...com&gws_rd=ssl

PS2 -- If anyone has to take the George Washington Bridge, and can name their day/time, early Sunday morning is usually a cake-walk on the bridge and especially on the I-95 E/W approaches, because semi-truck traffic is at a minimum then. At all other times and days, this route can be a baptisim-by-towing-fire, especially for new RV drivers.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:10 AM   #5
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Depends on the time of day. But Newburgh-Beacon bridge, then rt 84 is better in my opinion. Both roads have heavy traffic though. 84 less if you leave very early or late.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:24 AM   #6
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When traveling south to get home to MD, remember NOT to travel on route 15 (the Merrit Parkway which turns into the Hutchinson parkway in NY). That parkway has very low bridge (some are 9'6") and does not allow tractor trailer, trailers, etc.
However, that signage doesn't stop trucks and other large vehicles from regularly wandering onto it and slamming into the bridges.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:53 AM   #7
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Hi

Going past NYC is never 100% predictable. I've been stuck in traffic for hours at 1AM on a weekend and also had zero delay going over the GWB route at 5 PM on a weekday. There isn't any guarantee in terms of routing.

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Old 11-07-2019, 08:42 PM   #8
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Newburg-Beacon for sure. Tolls are considerably less than the George and you will avoid a big part of Rte 95 nightmare. Heavy traffic, potholes and crazy NY drivers.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:30 AM   #9
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Thank you!

Knew this Board had all the answers.
Tappan Zee northbound today.
84 and across southbound with trailer.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:20 PM   #10
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The Tappan Zee Bridge is a good choice. Just north of there you can stay at Croton Point Park; decent campground, beautiful scenery on the Hudson. Just don't take the Saw Mill Parkway, ever, with your trailer. On the Jersey side of the river we stayed at the Mahlon Dickerson County Park in Jefferson.....good quick stopovers along the way. Happy Trails to you.
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:23 PM   #11
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Done both the Tappen Zee and the Newburgh-Beacon bridge. My preference is the latter, particularly if you are going to West Hartford as you will already be on I-84. Safe travels.
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:23 PM   #12
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We went up I-95 and the NJ Turnpike across the Tappan Zee. Coming home and towing, we took 84 Westbound to 87S and then picked up the Garden State and back to I-95 South to home. Made the trip with minimal difficulties (wrong turn coming off the Tappan Zee) and made it back home safely. Thanks to all! Great info.
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Old 11-09-2019, 07:23 PM   #13
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Glad it worked out, thanks for the update.


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