LAST WEEK'S TRAVEL SECTION ON I-95 CONTAINED AN INCORRECT WEB SITE. THE CORRECT SITE FOR I-95 CORRIDOR COALITION IS www.I95coalition.org. (PUBLISHED 06/06/99)
The I-95 Corridor Coalition (no, that's not another name for the staff of The Washington Post Travel section) describes itself as a "partnership of transportation agencies along the I-95 Northeast Corridor from Maine to Virginia." But that's not important right now: Just get one of its excellent "Northeast Travelers Alert" pamphlets, which contains easy-to-digest maps of the route north from Richmond and is packed with useful traffic information (including weekend-bottleneck trouble spots) and a long list of construction sites, not only along I-95 but nearby routes as well.
The pamphlet is printed twice yearly, but its Web site is updated weekly. Go to www.i95coalition.com and check out the "Traveler Info" section. For a map, write to I-95 Northeast Consultants, 1900 N. Beauregard St., Suite 300, Alexandria, Va. 22311.
Once again, we must extol the virtues of www.usa-star.com, the "I-95 Exit Information Guide." The site is overflowing with facts, including traveler alerts, gas prices, links to other resources and--our favorite--lists of restaurants and motels within a half-mile of the interstate. The book version is less useful (the lists are harder to follow since everything is jumbled together), but if you're not Web-literate, you can order it by sending $9.95 to Starsystems, 447 Old Henniker Rd., Hopkinton, N.H. 03229 or by calling 603-746-3010.
If you're a roadside attraction aficionado (and, really now, who isn't?), check out www.roadsideamerica.com, a riotous, comprehensive collection of pet cemeteries, Muffler Men and giant thises and thats from coast to coast. It's constantly updated, so if the World's Largest Earthmover is being dismantled--and, according to the site, it is--you'll know about it.
If you plan on stopping along the route, contact the appropriate state tourism folks. All can point you in the right direction for more specific queries:
* Maryland Office of Tourism Promotion, 1-800-543-1036, www.mdisfun.org.
* Delaware Tourism Office, 1-800-441-8846, www.state.de.us.
* New Jersey Department of Commerce, Division of Travel and Tourism, 1-800-537-7397, 609-292-2470, www.state.nj.us/travel
* New York State Division of Tourism, 1-800-225-5697, www.iloveny.state.ny.us
* Tourism Division of Connecticut Department of Economic Development, 860-270-8080, www.tourism.state.ct.us
* Rhode Island Tourism, 1-800-556-2484 or 401-222-2601, www.visitrhodeisland.com
* Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, 1-800-447-6277, www.mass-vacation.com
* New Hampshire Office of Travel and Tourism, 1-800-386-4664 or 603-271-2666, www.visitnh.gov
* Maine Publicity Bureau, 1-800-533-9595 or 1-800-932-3419, www.visitmaine.com
CAPTION: Head to roadsideamerica.com for info on tourist traps and treasures.