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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2021, 02:48:08 PM »


I don't think there are many more areas with 3 lanes on the turnpike, but I may be wrong.

They have been continuously working on adding a third lane to the turnpike.
Side point-they are doing it only since they want to continue charging tolls- they're only allowed to charge tolls as long as they are working on it

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2021, 02:57:55 PM »
i80:
Easier to get off if need be, but only places worth stopping are truck stops

There are occasional large breaks between exits with services, but ime not much different than the turnpike. What it comes down to is will there be a bathroom when your kids need it (which is right after you got back on after the last exit, and the answer is probably not;)
I don't think there are many more areas with 3 lanes on the turnpike, but I may be wrong.
This.

I haven't taken the PA turnpike in many years so I can't really compare the two, but having driven I80 dozens of times (mostly at night) I can assure you these concerns are being exaggerated.
The PA rest stops are kinda dated but do the job when you need a bathroom stop.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #32 on: March 07, 2021, 07:11:27 PM »
One thing to keep in mind on the 80 is that there may not be any services off a given exit. Not sure if this is an issue in the turnpike.

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2021, 07:24:19 PM »
One thing to keep in mind on the 80 is that there may not be any services off a given exit. Not sure if this is an issue in the turnpike.
Bigger issue with turnpike is if you need to exit when there isn't a service area, it's annoying to exit because of the tolls. There are also fewer exits for this reason

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2021, 01:11:39 AM »
To summarize:
80
Pros:
straighter
Cheaper

Cons:
Mostly 2 lane
Weaker services

Turnpike:
Pros:
Decent bit of 3 lanes
Better services

Cons:
More expensive
Windier

So, take a pick at what you prefer and are willing to sacrifice, and which aspects you need further clarity on in order to decide

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2021, 08:08:15 AM »
To summarize:
80
Pros:
straighter
Cheaper

Cons:
Mostly 2 lane
Weaker services

Turnpike:
Pros:
Decent bit of 3 lanes
Better services

Cons:
More expensive
Windier

So, take a pick at what you prefer and are willing to sacrifice, and which aspects you need further clarity on in order to decide
I disagree with the weaker services. Plenty of nice truck stops right off the exit on the 80

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2021, 08:42:12 AM »
I find the Turnpike to be a more tiring drive with only a concrete divider as opposed to 80 with a median.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2021, 08:59:48 AM »
I find the Turnpike to be a more tiring drive with only a concrete divider as opposed to 80 with a median.
+1 because of the opposing headlights. Parts of it have a median as well, but a good chunk doesnt

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2021, 09:01:36 AM »
To summarize:
80
Pros:
straighter
Cheaper

Cons:
Mostly 2 lane
Weaker services

Turnpike:
Pros:
Decent bit of 3 lanes
Better services

Cons:
More expensive
Windier

So, take a pick at what you prefer and are willing to sacrifice, and which aspects you need further clarity on in order to decide

I disagree with the weaker services. Plenty of nice truck stops right off the exit on the 80

The services are a pretty big deal to me. Granted, I only made one stop last time I did the drive, but there's great signage regarding the next stop, fuel, etc. Even though I'll have a navigator who can look things up, it's hard to beat matching the miles remaining gauge with the distance of the next gas station. Sure, there are likely tons all along the i80, but it's not as clean an experience.

Still think I'll save the $40, though.

I find the Turnpike to be a more tiring drive with only a concrete divider as opposed to 80 with a median.

Haha. Last time I had no issues. Saved all the J&Js from Purim and finished them up on the way. Also, regular cruise control (adaptive needs to be off) is great if there isn't much traffic.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2021, 09:19:33 AM »


The services are a pretty big deal to me. Granted, I only made one stop last time I did the drive,

...

Saved all the J&Js from Purim and finished them up on the way.

How can both of these b be true

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2021, 09:23:04 AM »

How can both of these b be true

The Turnpike isn't that long. Did a stop in the middle. Now, I drove straight through the night with one other stop in Ohio.
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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #42 on: March 08, 2021, 05:24:50 PM »
Sure, there are likely tons all along the i80, but it's not as clean an experience.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

You guys are acting like I80 is some little desert road with services every hundred miles...

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #43 on: March 08, 2021, 05:31:17 PM »
it's hard to beat matching the miles remaining gauge with the distance of the next gas station
If you can make it to OH vs filling filling up in PA you'll save some money.

There's a good exit at the beginning of OH with a bunch of truck stops etc, IIRC it's exit 234. (talking about I80)

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Re: Pennsylvania Turnpike
« Reply #44 on: March 08, 2021, 05:43:59 PM »
https://landline.media/pennsylvania-turnpike-ranked-worlds-most-expensive-toll-road/
Cost for the entire length is a ridiculous metric. The most expensive per mile is the Delaware Turnpike IIRC.

Also, their number of $112 gets cut to less than half if you use EZPass.

https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/tollmileage.aspx
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