Also, living in the Bronx as I now do, I shunpike the Henry Hudson Bridge all the time (via Broadway Bridge, University Heights Bridge or any of the downstream Harlem River Bridges depending on destination), though the savings is rarely in travel time.
I also regularly shunpike the Bronx-Queens crossing by using Harlem River/FDR Drive to one of the NYCDOT crossings of the East River. Sigalert helps.
Problem with using the Broadway Bridge is you will sit in plenty of slow moving traffic getting to and from it. Third/Willis Avenue Bridges are usually the best way between the Bronx and Manhattan - this is in fact so ridiculously easy to do that I'd say using the Triboro for this purpose qualifies as another "tourist exit".
Agreed, in some cases, except for two things:
1) If you're headed to the GW Bridge, then 3rd/Willis Ave. are too far south to be of help (and the GW Bridge is toll free in this direction).
2) If you are headed south of the GW Bridge, the current construction project at the I-87/I-95 interchange may well make it worth bypassing via Harlem River Drive...via the Broadway or Univ. Heights Bridges. Then again, you've got to weigh the construction at HRD/Triborough Bridge, which also involves the Willis Ave. Bridge.
There is indeed a lot of congestion at both the Broadway and Univ. Heights Bridges, so depending on your origin and destination, and the time of day, it can be very much an "on the fly" decision.
Queensboro Bridge to FDR to Willis Av Bridge is easy and simple coming from Astoria or LIC but getting between anywhere further east and the Bronx it's not worth it.
Yup, I've done that for just that destination (needed a haircut from a barber in Astoria) and it worked well. I fully realize, however, that it could very well not have.
Post Merge: October 13, 2011, 01:56:33 AM
Well, I'm from the North Hills, hence why I suggested PA-28 since it is closer than US-22.
Yup, that would definitely make the difference. Pittsburgh, perhaps more than most other cities, makes a very large difference according to your origin and destination, as far as which route you'll take in and out of town.