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Old 09-07-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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Help me get thru Boston!

We're going from Hershey PA to Plymouth on a Sunday.
I -think- that route will be ok-- going I 78 to I287 around NYC then I95 to (485) to Plymouth.
This route does not worry me too much. comments?? It's a Sunday and it's
after Labor day!

The biggie in my mind is the next leg. Plymouth to Bar Harbor Maine
Tuesday morning we'd head out of Plymouth and immediately head thru
downtown Boston??? Google wants me to take US 1 thru Boston???

HELP?!? Need route from Plymouth past Boston best way to reconnect with I95 north to Maine.

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Old 09-07-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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BY all means avoid---------

I would avoid downtown Boston by all means. I would take 3 to I-93 then I-95 around BOSTON. I would almost go out of my way and take I-495 to
by-pass Boston.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:27 AM   #3
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DO NOT GO THROUGH BOSTON. It would help to know where the destination is of your next leg.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:47 AM   #4
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DON"T

I grew up there and I dread going through Boston with just my truck. 495 is longer but safer and WAY less nerve racking.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:49 AM   #5
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DO NOT GO THROUGH BOSTON. It would help to know where the destination is of your next leg.
Sorry- We're going Plymouth to Bar Harbor Maine so we need to get from
Plymouth onto I 95 north somehow.

Looking like MA3 north to I 93 to I 95 north??

At this moment which is Labor Day Monday at 9:50 AM google shows
very little traffic on this route. I'll check again Tuesday morning to get
some sort of idea of actual traffic and drive times on a work week day.
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Rt 3 can be a disaster in the morning rush as all the people from the cape who work in Boston use Rt 3. Sections of that still use the break down lane as an extra rush hour lane. Can make merging in a real issue. I personally like the 495 approach..44 to 495. Only issue with 44 is the rotary just before 495 in Middleboro, which may back up in the AM with people going 495 to 24 to Boston.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:30 AM   #7
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Take it from a people who commute this...go 495. Do not take route 1 period...google takes the shortest route but many times the slowest route.

Timing is very crucial just an hour makes a huge difference. Like taking 128 or 495 depends on time of the morning. Boston traffic is brutal from 6:30 to 9;30 but after say 9:30 it eases quite a bit probably like any city.

But if I was leaving at say 7:00-8:00 I would go 495...which even that will be tight in a few spots but not too bad on the north bound side. Morning time it is the south bound side of 495 that has the most traffic.

Going through the city just sucks any time of day unless you get real lucky.


Just take either 44 over to 495 or you can go south on route 3 to 495...all the traffic will be going north ( route 3 north in the AM is a nightmare....ignore what the screwggle maps say)...then take 495 north until it ends in Amesbury Ma. and then you will dump on to 95 north just south of the NH border. The maine border is about 20-25 minutes from the 495/95 junction.

Just remember you are travelling during rush hour and nothing is going to be a breeze...but I drove this for 30 years for business and heading north on 495 in the morning is typically the least congested. Route 1 and Route 128 have the same congestion heading north or south pretty much morning once you get close to the city or major interchanges...I 93 clover leaf is a typical example on 128.
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I think I would go 44 to 495 n to 95 north..rt 1 busy and sections rough and curvy..avoid
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By the way...my personal approach, from driving here since 1987, is simply wait until after 10:00 AM to leave..or leave at 10:00.

Mass drivers are a unique bunch ...they are aggressive. It has been said that defensive driving in MAss will get you in an accident and it is not a joke. I drove all around the country for work and lived all over but Mass drivers are fast and aggressive during rush hour IMHO.

If you leave after rush hour you can actually go up route 1/95 through the city then take 93 at the split and catch 495 in Lawrence.

I always tried to avoid morning commute...why subject yourself to it. Plus the wild card here is road repairs.

Once you get north of the city by 20 miles you wont hit traffic again the rest of the trip unless it is road work or an accident.

Thats just how as a local I would do it. Leave the crazies alone for the rush hour and relax until 9:30-10:00 then head out. Your not going to loose that much time in the end and your blood pressure will thank you..as may your wife and/or kids.
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Just there last week moving the daughter (again). I 95 around Lexington had night construction going on. Wasn't sure how long but it was a PITA. I thought Michiganders were bad drivers, but they can't hold a candle to the Bostonians!
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