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Old 11-11-2009, 06:09 AM
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I'm driving to Philly this Friday and I typically take 77-81-76E. Has anyone ever gone 77-81 and then taken 340 to Frederick, MD, 70 to Baltimore, and then picked up 95 on into Philly? According to MapQuest, this route takes about the same amount of time, but is 25 miles shorter. I'm just looking for a different route to break up the monotony of 81, but I don't want to do anything foolish. (I've already decided against 85-95.) Appreciate any advice. Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:48 AM
 
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I'm driving to Philly this Friday and I typically take 77-81-76E. Has anyone ever gone 77-81 and then taken 340 to Frederick, MD, 70 to Baltimore, and then picked up 95 on into Philly? According to MapQuest, this route takes about the same amount of time, but is 25 miles shorter. I'm just looking for a different route to break up the monotony of 81, but I don't want to do anything foolish. (I've already decided against 85-95.) Appreciate any advice. Thanks!
I've made this trip both ways as I moved from MD about a year ago. My concern would be when you would be crossing 695 around B-more (or 70E - 95N) as anywhere from 330pm-6pm is usually a mess. Other than those times, it's a nice ride. I would go 70E to 695 - topside to miss the toll/Ft. McHenry, fyi.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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Can I ask why you wouldn't got 85/to 95? I know that Google says it is only a savings of 20 minutes but given the fact that a lot of 81 is only 4 lane for a ways it seems like 85/95 would be faster. I guess a lot would depend on what time you hit the DC area.
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Overland Park, KS
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Can I ask why you wouldn't got 85/to 95? I know that Google says it is only a savings of 20 minutes but given the fact that a lot of 81 is only 4 lane for a ways it seems like 85/95 would be faster. I guess a lot would depend on what time you hit the DC area.
I've done this also. I've left near Aberdeen (Think Ripken Stadium 30 minutes North of Baltimore on 95) at 4am and been in Rock Hill by 12:30pm.
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Old 11-11-2009, 11:04 AM
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Thanks very much for your replies. I was concerned about Baltimore traffic, but if I leave Charlotte around 6 a.m., I would be there around 2 p.m., wouldn't I?

My brother-in-law lives outside of Washington and we had a horrendous experience on the 85-95 route before, so we are reluctant to go that way again. I've heard it's ok if you leave CLT by 4 a.m., but we really don't want to leave that early.

I was considering an alternate route just for something different, but if it's too risky going around Baltimore, maybe we'd better stick with our usual 77-81-76 route. I got stuck that way once...on the Schuylkill Expressway at 5 p.m. on a Friday ...but that's because I left CLT too late. Won't make that mistake again.

I'm so glad Ida is hitting us now and not Friday!
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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Thanks very much for your replies. I was concerned about Baltimore traffic, but if I leave Charlotte around 6 a.m., I would be there around 2 p.m., wouldn't I?

My brother-in-law lives outside of Washington and we had a horrendous experience on the 85-95 route before, so we are reluctant to go that way again. I've heard it's ok if you leave CLT by 4 a.m., but we really don't want to leave that early.

I was considering an alternate route just for something different, but if it's too risky going around Baltimore, maybe we'd better stick with our usual 77-81-76 route. I got stuck that way once...on the Schuylkill Expressway at 5 p.m. on a Friday ...but that's because I left CLT too late. Won't make that mistake again.

I'm so glad Ida is hitting us now and not Friday!
I have taken both of these routes as we have family in S. Jersey. Baltimore isn't a problem because you go over the top using I-695 past Towson. I-95 between Baltimore and the Delaware Memorial Bridge had significant traffic and tolls. I think in the future we will stick with 77-81-76. Another consideration is that I-70 is a feeder route to and from DC. You need to time your travel to around rush hour(s).
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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I have driven this about 5 times in the last year...each way.

I used to go 95 every time. Last time at the urging of my father-in-law I took 85. From now on I'm going that way every time! We broke our previous record time by 45 minutes that way. I've never had anything but bad luck on the 95 between DC and Baltimore. Even at midnight we lost an hour to traffic. If there was a nuclear holocaust and you knew there was no traffic go the 95...in all other cases take the 85!
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Old 11-11-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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I go 85/95. The trick is to stay on 95 & use the tunnel in Baltimore.
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Old 11-11-2009, 08:24 PM
 
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With any route, the main problem is the mess between DC - Philly on rush hour.

To the OP: 70 from Fredneck to Baltimore is just as much of a mess. Also - you can't take 70 directly on to 95. 70 East deadends right after it crosses 695 (Baltimore beltway) so you have to take 695 north towards Towson to get back on 95. And that's just as bad in rush hour as well.

If your old route works fine for you with no major traffic, I'd suggest sticking with it, unless you're on the road early enough to be north of Baltimore by no later than 3:00 PM.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:38 PM
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With any route, the main problem is the mess between DC - Philly on rush hour.

To the OP: 70 from Fredneck to Baltimore is just as much of a mess. Also - you can't take 70 directly on to 95. 70 East deadends right after it crosses 695 (Baltimore beltway) so you have to take 695 north towards Towson to get back on 95. And that's just as bad in rush hour as well.

If your old route works fine for you with no major traffic, I'd suggest sticking with it, unless you're on the road early enough to be north of Baltimore by no later than 3:00 PM.
Thanks Tober. Based on the feedback here, we've decided to stick to our usual route. My intention was to do something different for a change, but we're going to play it safe.
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