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Pennsylvania Turnpike
« on: March 06, 2021, 07:47:46 PM »
I'll be doing the Lakewood-Chicago drive for Pesach and am wondering if the Pennsylvania Turnpike warrants the $40 toll.

We did it last year, and the rest stops and gas stations sure were convenient, but am not sure it's worth it.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2021, 08:05:11 PM »
I'll be doing the Lakewood-Chicago drive for Pesach and am wondering if the Pennsylvania Turnpike warrants the $40 toll.

We did it last year, and the rest stops and gas stations sure were convenient, but am not sure it's worth it.
Does the 80 90 not have good services?
On the contrary, the pa turnpike could be pretty annoying to drive in some parts, with the twists and turns in some areas.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2021, 08:11:32 PM »
Does the 80 90 not have good services?
On the contrary, the pa turnpike could be pretty annoying to drive in some parts, with the twists and turns in some areas.

I've never done the 80. Found the PA Turnpike to be a pretty easy drive. Most of the turns could be done without slowing down too much.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2021, 08:18:15 PM »
I've never done the 80. Found the PA Turnpike to be a pretty easy drive. Most of the turns could be done without slowing down too much.
80 is less curvy, a couple of big s bends, and that's mostly it. Make sure to stop at truck stops rather than the state rest areas even if you don't need gas. The rest stops are pretty bad.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2021, 08:20:04 PM »
Thanks!

What's the speed situation there? Speed limit is 70 on PA Turnpike, but can go 80 with no issues.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2021, 08:23:48 PM »
Thanks!

What's the speed situation there? Speed limit is 70 on PA Turnpike, but can go 80 with no issues.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2021, 09:00:12 PM »
Keep in mind that there will be more trucks on the 80 then the turnpike.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2021, 09:13:08 PM »
Keep in mind that there will be more trucks on the 80 then the turnpike.
Not ime. Plenty on both

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2021, 10:46:42 PM »
I've done both. If you are traveling with little kids that may need bathroom breaks, the turnpike is definitely better, and I usually take it despite the tolls. However, I would easily go with the 80 if I'm doing an overnight drive, when I'm not expecting to make too many stops.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2021, 11:24:15 PM »
If you do the turnpike, you'll have to make a stop in pit to tour the site of @Dan and @jj1000's chinuch

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2021, 12:11:29 AM »
Keep in mind that there will be more trucks on the 80 then the turnpike.

I went last year right at the beginning of the COVID panic, and it was basically all trucks. They do stay on the right so not a big deal.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2021, 12:13:27 AM »
I went last year right at the beginning of the COVID panic, and it was basically all trucks. They do stay on the right so not a big deal.
It can get really annoying when there are two lanes and the truck going 46 MPH is cutting off the truck that is going 45 MPH and the highway is clogged for 15 minutes while the truck inches its way around.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2021, 12:14:26 AM »
It can get really annoying when there are two lanes and the truck going 46 MPH is cutting off the truck that is going 45 MPH and the highway is clogged for 15 minutes while the truck inches its way around.
I've had that on the turnpike as well. Plenty of trucks there

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2021, 12:15:40 AM »
If you do the turnpike, you'll have to make a stop in pit to tour the site of @Dan and @jj1000's chinuch

LOL. I try for minimal stops. Drive overnight straight with just two stops Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2021, 12:15:46 AM »
I've had that on the turnpike as well. Plenty of trucks there
+1. I wasn't saying this is exclusive to any highway. I was just commenting on
it was basically all trucks. They do stay on the right so not a big deal.