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Old 05-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #2776
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an 05 with only 69k.. thats practically brand new should be a great drive down. I know with ours, everyone is so much more relaxed versus a shorter trip with the sedan.. plus you can pack soooo much crap that you will never need for your trip but you do it because you can

a great site for all things ody - odyclub.com - great forums that will tell you everything you need to know about maintenance, repair and general care.

The best advice I can give is change the tranny fluid every year!

enjoy the trip in november!

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:03 PM   #2777
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Driving to FL was very comfortable in my '06 Odyssey. I'm sure you will love yours.
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Old 05-09-2013, 04:07 PM   #2778
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81 in the Harrisburg area -- closed for the next several days

Anyone traveling I-81 in the Harrisburg area for the next few days -- 81 will be closed at least through the weekend, if not longer. Here's info from ABC27:


Interstate 81 and one of two overhead bridges damaged by a massive tanker fire will remain closed through the weekend, and a second ramp could remain closed for 2-3 months.

The intense heat caused by the overturned tanker truck severely damaged the concrete deck and the steel beams of the bridge above the crash site, which carries eastbound Route 22/322 over the interstate and into the city, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said Interstate 81 in the vicinity would remain closed through Sunday or Monday while the unstable bridge spans are removed and replaced, and perhaps even longer because of inclement weather in the forecast.

Interstate 81 will remain closed northbound from Route 581 and southbound from the I-83 split until the repairs are completed so that there is no danger to motorists traveling under the bridge.

Damage to the bridge where the crash occurred - the structure that carries I-81 northbound to Route 22/322 westbound - has not yet been determined, but Schoch said the repairs could take at least two months.

Schoch said in order to alleviate traffic congestion in the Harrisburg area, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will waive tolls between the Harrisburg East and Carlisle interchanges.

The toll-free passage, effective only for the point-to-point trip, began at 4 p.m. Thursday and will pertain to all vehicle classes, eastbound or westbound.

PennDOT has also reopened the ramp to Front Street from Interstate 81 North, which had been closed since April 8 for bridge work.

In addition, a bridge repair project slated to begin May 13 on the two Interstate 81 ramps that cross over northbound Front Street in Harrisburg is on hold.

Governor Tom Corbett said the damage caused by the fire is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars. He said the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is preparing a disaster declaration to request federal aid, which would also allow PennDOT to expedite repairs.

State police said the crash occurred at 6:10 a.m. when the tanker, fully loaded with diesel fuel, overturned and caught fire.

The driver, 52-year-old Thomas Uecker, of Dover, was able to escape the truck with minor burns. He was taken to Harrisburg Hospital, Hicks said.

The truck was coming from Carlisle and is registered to Tameric Enterprises LLC, Hicks said. No other vehicles or people were involved.

The crash is still under investigation.

The tanker was on fire for about 45 minutes and burned so intensely that it melted guide rails and caused the concrete road surface to explode, officials said.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:11 PM   #2779
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HELP!!!! We are driving from Providence to Charlottesville, VA on Sunday. Our route takes us right through the accident site on 81. We are looking at rerouting and going via 95 instead. My question is this. We will have a car and a 12 foot rental truck. Can we drive this new route with a truck? I thought I just read something about no trucks on the Garden State Parkway. Or maybe we should just stick to our original route and assume there'll be marked detour signs to get us around that area of 81. I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:44 PM   #2780
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I'm hoping by June 81 south will be open.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #2781
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HELP!!!! We are driving from Providence to Charlottesville, VA on Sunday. Our route takes us right through the accident site on 81. We are looking at rerouting and going via 95 instead. My question is this. We will have a car and a 12 foot rental truck. Can we drive this new route with a truck? I thought I just read something about no trucks on the Garden State Parkway. Or maybe we should just stick to our original route and assume there'll be marked detour signs to get us around that area of 81. I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks.
No trucks north of exit 105 or so on GSP...so to get to 95 you could either head for the NJ turnpike or the NE extension of the PA turnpike and hook in with I 95 in PA just south of the PHL airport...Not exactly sure what route you were planninf on the northern end.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:28 PM   #2782
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I-81 in Harrisburg area, don't panic

Even though I-81 in Pennsylvania is closed at Exit 67 (both directions) for the next few days, you can still travel through the Harrisburg area using a detour. From the north, you will be detoured onto I-83 South to PA-581 West and then rejoin I-81 South at Exit 59. Traffic on I-83 South and PA-581 West is now much heavier than normal, though. So it will take you additional time getting through this area.

Another option is to take the I-83 South detour to I-283 South to the Pennsylvania Turnpike going west. Take the turnpike west to Exit 226 (Route 11) and rejoin I-81 South from there. No tolls on the turnpike between those two exits until Monday May 13th because of the I-81 closure.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:19 AM   #2783
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Thanks for the replies.

Nono - I think we'd likely take the Tappan Zee Bridge - never have good luck with the GW Bridge. Not sure the GPS will be helpful in avoiding the GSP, so if we take that route, I need to be careful to have the route well planned on paper.

Yespie - We have looked at the detours you suggest and that might likely be what we do. Traveling on a Sunday, traffic should hopefully be lighter than weekday. Any idea about how much extra time the 83/581 detour would add?

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Old 05-10-2013, 08:01 AM   #2784
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I'm hoping by June 81 south will be open.
Similar accident happened on I-80 in Morris County NJ about 10 years ago. Only the tanker destroyed a bridge over a small river, took them 5 days to reopen the interstate. I think you should be fine for June.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:16 AM   #2785
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Thanks for the replies.

Nono - I think we'd likely take the Tappan Zee Bridge - never have good luck with the GW Bridge. Not sure the GPS will be helpful in avoiding the GSP, so if we take that route, I need to be careful to have the route well planned on paper.
You could just use I-287 south through NJ. This route avoids the GSP totally and connects with the NJ TPK in Woodbridge, NJ. I bet if you "miss" the GSP connector off I-287 after the Tappan Zee bridge your GPS will recalculate to I-287 south into NJ (I believe the signage says "Morristown").
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:11 PM   #2786
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If you go over the Tappen Zee bridge i287 south is exit 15 which is two exits after the GSP. Good luck and safe drive.
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:54 AM   #2787
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One day, we will probably do a coast-to-coast round-trip drive. It would be cool driving to DL from the Jersey Shore in our own vehicle instead of the rentals we had (after arriving at LAX).

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Now THAT's what we call a long and relaxing journey!

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this coming sat. we will be hitting the road again!!!!!!!!!!!

I was looking at page one, looks like by new years eve this year, I will have my name on a few other records,

57 total drives

tie at 4 drives in a calendar year

tie at 5 drives in a 12 month period

(ill let you keep most total straight through drives bc)

if anyone is going down this weekend, june 15-23, September 14-22 or December 19-28, let me know if you want to meet up for a hang shake and a picture!!!!!
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this coming sat. we will be hitting the road again!!!!!!!!!!!

I was looking at page one, looks like by new years eve this year, I will have my name on a few other records,

57 total drives

tie at 4 drives in a calendar year

tie at 5 drives in a 12 month period

(ill let you keep most total straight through drives bc)

if anyone is going down this weekend, june 15-23, September 14-22 or December 19-28, let me know if you want to meet up for a hang shake and a picture!!!!!
Indeed, your next drive will be one for the record books! [Once it happens, alert me and I will update the all-time records.] We have three more 2013 WDW trips ahead of us and, alas, we will not cross paths with you except arriving and departing on one of those days. Until then...

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