Originally Posted by Jopopsy
In trying to avoid some of the mess that's mentioned on this thread, is this a viable alternative as well?
Tappen Zee --> 684N --> 84E --> Mass TPK E--> 495N -->95N
Overthinking. Sunday Morning it is viable but you really do want to pay! 95 is toll only in NH.
Mass TPK is toll all the way. The interchange with 287 and 684 I think is not fun but Sunday AM who cares. It does spare you that awful dipsy doodle west of Danbury on 84 ( which I dont understand either!)
Lets not get overwrought. I travel from ME( an hour past Kennebunkport) to New Haven at least once a month and it takes me 4.5 hours each time with proper timing ( not Fri night nortbound or Sun PM)
84 intersects Mass TPK at Sturbridge. Its a mess the rest of the week as it has a bad weave pattern and illogically placed EZ Pass lanes. Sun AM is not a worry time.
495 ends with a merge to I 95 just before the NH border. NH has a toll booth which is at speed if you have EZ pass.
So to summarize. TZ bridge to 287 to 684 to 84 just west of Danbury to Sturbridge Mass TPK to 290 to 495( left exit off 290..there are warning signs) to 95 will be your fastest route.
Continue on MassTPK to 495 if you want. Its got no advantage save it leaves you less money.