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Old 08-19-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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so I've been traveling to Richmond from Elkridge on the weekends, and the trip blows!! 95S on Saturdays takes 4 hours. WTF!!?? I tried 301 once and that sucked too. What about 301 down towards Fredericksburg, then 95S to Richmond? 95 is fine once past Fredericksburg, so my problem is DC to Fredericksburg. Also, 301 sucks from Crofton down towards Waldorf. Anybody have any ideas? TomTom seems to be fairly clueless. That English Whore keeps telling me to get on the motorway...
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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damned if you do, damned if you don't. 95 on weekends is ALWAYS a mess, it really blows. I'm sorry I can't offer any advice for you
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:02 PM   #3
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Isn't there a road from 234 near dumfries that connects to 17 in fredericksburg?
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:10 PM   #4
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Isn't there a road from 234 near dumfries that connects to 17 in fredericksburg?
I believe that is Rt 29 S.

But you have to sit in 66W traffic to get to it...

I suggest audio books.

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Old 08-19-2008, 09:32 PM   #5
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Helicopter?
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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HHmmm,
so far Audiobooks, and a Helicopter are winning...
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:49 AM   #7
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Drive at a different time of day. Leave early or late to miss the traffic
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:50 AM   #8
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route 1 is another option, but it's not necessarily better. lots of lights and lots of small towns to drive though which means slow speed limits.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:53 AM   #9
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^^that is the route that I take when I going to or from D.C. and 95 is jacked up. 45-55 mph is a heck of alot better that stop and go when go is only 2 mph.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:56 AM   #10
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Drive at a different time of day. Leave early or late to miss the traffic
That's really you're only option to avoid traffic on the weekends.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:44 PM   #11
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Take a look at google and find yourself some back roads. Even if it took you the same amount of time it would still be more interesting since you don't have to stare at someone's bumper the entire time.

We have two major roads from Pasadena (home) to Annapolis (work) and most of time I don't use either of them. I travel back roads to RT3 and then take St Stephens Church Rd most of the way to Annapolis then down a few more back roads all the way to Old Solomon's Island Rd. Takes the same amount of time but the scenery is MUCH better!
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:52 PM   #12
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Drive at a different time of day. Leave early or late to miss the traffic
thats what i do everytime i drive from Newport News to Pittsburgh. id much rather take a nap right after work and drive up at night.
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Old 08-20-2008, 01:52 PM   #13
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When I head north on 95 I try to start out at around 7pm. Most of the window lickers are off the road by then and the commute is bearable. You can also try 301 north to 5 west on over to 95N - but that gets clustered in the summer time from the beach commuters. It will take longer - but you wont have to drink a 12 pack to calm down when you reach your destination.
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:01 PM   #14
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From route 301S you take 207 to get back onto I-95.

For some reason I95 South is always backed up on Saturday mornings around 8-10am.

I95 North however is usually fine.
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #15
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From route 301S you take 207 to get back onto I-95.

For some reason I95 South is always backed up on Saturday mornings around 8-10am.

I95 North however is usually fine.

Thanks. That's what I was looking for. Unfortunately I am headed to Richmond on Saturday's around noon, that's just how it works. The drive home is typically cake. 301 to 207 it is.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:02 PM   #16
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As a NoVa transplant who now lives in Richmond, and a D.C. firefighter...I frequently make the trip up and down I-95, and know just how much it can (and usually does) suck.

If I were you, this is what I'd do.

When I need to go to D.C. on the weekends, unless it's at 3:30am and I'm leaving for work, I use 301 through southern MD. I know that 301 can be a bitch due to traffic, especially through La Plata and Waldorf. I use the winding country roads to get off 301 in La Plata and head over to 210 and up to D.C. You'll be coming down from the B'More area, and further east already, so those winding roads I'm familiar with are of no use to you.

You could try this to avoid the 301 traffic through Waldorf and Laplata. It's an extra 10 miles of driving, but may be worth it to you if it saves you time.

Once you're south of F'Burg on I-95 (Exit 126, the Spotsylvania/Massaponax exit), remember that Rt. 1 is usually wide open, has sporadic and infrequent traffic lights, and it is always to the west of I-95.
Most exits off of I-95 will lead you to Rt. 1 if you head west. If 95 is backed up, jump off and head to Rt. 1 for a bit, then try jumping back on 95 later.

Good luck.

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Old 08-27-2008, 09:05 AM   #17
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Thanks Fyrfytr!
Last weekend I took 495 to 5 (exit 7) to 301S. 301 was busy from Waldorf until LaPlata, then it was smooth sailing. I jumped on 17 over to 95 in Fredericksburg and went south from there. It was 3 hours from Glen Dirty to Richmond. Not too bad considering. Thanks for all input everyone!

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Old 08-27-2008, 03:41 PM   #18
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I jumped on 17 over to 95 in Fredericksburg and went south from there.

That was a big waste of time and gas.

Just stick with 301, and it literally dumps you onto 207 near Bowling Green. By the time you get to I-95 at Ruther Glen, gas is cheap, and the traffic is running fine most of the time.

In order to continue onto 301, you actually have to follow signs and exit off of the roadway at Bowling Green.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:13 PM   #19
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Yeah,
I figured that out. It was a nice road, but added time. The 495-5-301 thing worked pretty well though.
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