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Old 07-12-2011, 03:36 AM
 
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Default Commute from Eldersburg to Columbia (Gateway Dr.) and Baltimore City (southern end around UMMS)

I was wondering if someone has experience with the commute from Eldersburg to the Columbia Gateway Dr. area and also southern Balt. City. Hubby and I are relocating from Kent Island to HoCo and trying to figure out where to live. Good public schools are a must. Our son will be going to school is about 2 years.

We like the Ilchester Elm. are, but understand they will be redistricting in 2 years, so we figure it could be iffy to move there even though the commute would be amazing! Not so sure about Rockburn Elm., though that is better than Elkridge Elm.

I'm not sure about moving to the Centenniel area and north because I figure the commutes for both of us will be horrible - route 40, 70, and 29 - ugh! But, would it be better than Eldersburg? Can anyone comment on the commute times for all these areas? Thanks!
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:02 AM
 
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The commute from Eldersburg into Columbia depends on what time in the morning you or your husband leave for work. Most people in our neighborhood, including my husband, leave around 6:30 in the morning and have no problems on Rt. 32 going south. On the other hand, I took my son to Columbia yesterday morning and left the house around 8 - Rt. 32 was stop-and-go south of Rt. 70.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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If you're considering a commute from Carroll County to Columbia via Rt 32, drive the route first. The 2-lane section between Sykesville and Clarksville terrifies me. I can be doing 65mph on the 2-lane road and there's always someone on my tail flashing their lights or honking their horns. However, if I drove this every day, I'd probably get use to it.

Rt 29 itself in Hoco isn't that bad. 32 is the evil road. And the Rt 70/29 intersection. Whoever the lucky person is working at Gateway should have a pretty easy time driving from any of the Hoco locations you mentioned. Even taking Rt 175 east with all the stoplights isn't horrible. Driving north to Baltimore, I would personally prefer taking 95N from eastern EC/Columbia over I-70.

Hopefully someone from Carroll will chime in about Baltimore.

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Old 07-13-2011, 01:52 PM
 
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I should add that even during the morning rush hour Rt. 32 south becomes good again around the intersection with 108 where it's 2 lanes in each direction. When I have to drive to Columbia from Eldersburg in the middle of rush hour I usually drive 32 south to Frederick Road (that's the exit right after Rt.70), take Frederick Road east, then Folly Quarter Road, to Sheppard's Lane, to 108, and then back onto 32 South.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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I was wondering if someone has experience with the commute from Eldersburg to the Columbia Gateway Dr. area and also southern Balt. City. Hubby and I are relocating from Kent Island to HoCo and trying to figure out where to live. Good public schools are a must. Our son will be going to school is about 2 years.

We like the Ilchester Elm. are, but understand they will be redistricting in 2 years, so we figure it could be iffy to move there even though the commute would be amazing! Not so sure about Rockburn Elm., though that is better than Elkridge Elm.
Rockburn is overcrowded and Ilchester is not, so I don't think they'd be shifting students from Ilchester to Rockburn. Also, I'm not sure of your timeline, but the redistricting plan will be announced this fall, so people will know well in advance. It won't be a surprise in 2 years.
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