The 13 Worst Commutes Around Philadelphia

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  The only thing I would add is that I might start this at Royersford or Collegeville.  However, I don’t miss that drive after doing it for almost 20 years!

Commuters who drive on Interstate 676 between I-95 and I-76 or on state Route 611 between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95 during rush hour spend 125 hours a year sitting in traffic.

Those are the worst commutes in the region, according to a new report from TRIP, a transportation research group backed by advocates for highway improvements.

Besides the lost hours due to congestion, drivers on those stretches of I-676 and Route 611 also waste 54 gallons of gas per year, TRIP’s report found. Here are the routes the organization says are the worst commutes in the Philadelphia region, based on time and fuel lost due to traffic congestion during peak hours:

3. U.S. Route 422 from U.S. 202 to Egypt Road in Montgomery County:  Drivers lose 67 hours and 29 gallons of gas annually due to congestion; 64,000 to 83,000 daily drivers

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillylists/The-13-worst-commutes-around-Philadelphia.html#Yd4beskKgRTJub4q.99

Update On 422 Shooter

John A. Yannarell, of Gilbertsville posted bail and has been released from the Montgomery County prison.  He posted a $50,000 cash bail (bail was set at $500,000 and the accused pays 10% of that amount).

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 21st.

Inquiring minds want to know…. will he be commuting on 422 between now and the hearing?  Considering the seriousness of this offense, are we safe with this individual on the loose?  I understand there are two sides to every story, however, shooting someone isn’t rational behavior.

A Review Of Dolce Ristorante in Oaks, PA

I had the pleasure of eating at Dolce Ristorante in Oaks this evening.  A friend of mine was treating me to a belated birthday dinner.

The restaurant is located near the Regal Cinema and right behind Max and Erma’s, off 422. We arrived around 6:30 p.m. after our movie was over. The restaurant was not very full but Tuesday night is not a big “dine out” night.

We were promptly greeted and seated. Our waitress was quick to come to the table and take our drink orders. She also told us about today’s specials.

My friend Chris took advantage of one of the specials, which was a mixed grill. The mixed grill featured a rib eye steak, two lamb chops and a chicken breast ($19). Included with that was a choice of soup, salad or pasta. My friend ordered the soup which was Pasta Fagioli.

I decided to go strictly old school and ordered Veal Parmigiana ($18). I ordered a side of pasta with that, of course.

While we waited for our entrees, we were severed some bruschetta which was quite delicious along with a basket of fresh bread.

Chris’ soup came out fairly quickly. It was a BOWL, not a cup. It was light in color but despite the appearance being different from what we are used to, she said it was delicious.

Our meals were served an appropriate length of time after Chris finished her soup. Excellent timing!

Both portions were generous. Chris’ mixed grill came with grilled squash and egg plant. My veal was beautifully presented and fork tender. Just enough breading and mostly veal…the real deal too! My side of pasta was penne. Chris said her meat was all perfectly prepared, juicy and tender.

I asked for some cheese for my pasta which caused a commotion in the kitchen.  I do not speak Italian but when she told the chef that I wanted cheese, it sounded like somebody wasn’t thrilled with my request.  It took a while to make its way to the table.

Neither of us had room for dessert.  We skipped appetizers as well.  I did notice that it is mainly ala carte. The prices were typical for our area.  I did not see the dessert prices but based on everything else, they are probably what you would expect to pay as well.

The décor is nice, upscale Italian. If you have Facebook you can check out their fan page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oaks-PA/Dolce-Ristorante/166951746007?v=wall

There are pictures of the interior along with the hours, telephone number, address and some basic information.

I recommend this restaurant.