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WTF is it with road construction in Pennsylvania? “Traffic Stopped Ahead” could be on their state seal.

A couple of years ago I was driving back to New Jersey in I-80 on a Sunday afternoon when I hit one of those traffic jams where people have sat in their cars so long that they get out of their cars to look around. Considering that it was in the middle of nowhere (next exit 2 miles, no services), it was the fourth such delay already (and I wasn’t even a third of the way across yet), and the construction had been going on for, oh, twenty years already, I decided then and there to swear off I-80 and find a better way.

Next trip we took I-78 to I-81 to I-76 and it was great. No traffic tie-ups and better scenery, too.

Yesterday coming back I opted for the southern tier of New York for a change of pace. Well I-90 through PA turned out to be even worse than I-80. Cutting across that narrow tab that sticks out of the northwest corner of the state there were five construction zones, and at three of them we had to stop.

Are they trying to tell us something? Maybe, take the toll road?

Going across New York in I-86 there were also a lot of construction zones. But for some reason they never forced us to go below 50 mph.

So the moral of the story is, take 76. It’s a toll road, but if you’re planning on getting somewhere in a reasonable amount of time it’s worth it.

Tom

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he’s also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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