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Old 10-03-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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I'm living in Lorton, VA and will be commuting to Upper Marlboro, MD each day... how bad is 95N between the mixing bowl and Forestville during the 7am hour (and in reverse, how bad is 95S around 4:30 pm)? Any other suggested routes? THANKS!
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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The good news: 1)The Woodrow Wilson Bridge was completely rebuilt, 2 years ago, with additional lanes, and moves much more freely than it did before.
2) I believe there is heavier traffic of Southern Maryland residents commuting to jobs in No.Va. than the other way around - which is good for you.

The bad news: 1) At certain times of the year, the rising sun, and setting sun will be in your eyes, the direction you're driving.
2) As you probably have heard, the BRAC realignment will be adding an enormous number of Defense jobs to Fort Belvoir - South Springfield in a couple of years, which will create unbelievable traffic in that area. Andrews AFB in MD is also gaining more jobs.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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I'm living in Lorton, VA and will be commuting to Upper Marlboro, MD each day... how bad is 95N between the mixing bowl and Forestville during the 7am hour (and in reverse, how bad is 95S around 4:30 pm)? Any other suggested routes? THANKS!
Killer commute, no doubt. Although the mixing bowl and the WW Bridge have been rebuilt, I-95 approaches to and from the bridge are still under construction, and look to be that way until the next millennium.

Except for Lorton to Springfield, there is no HOV relief on this route. The HOT lanes on the Beltway do not, IIRC, extend east of Springfield. Not sure of HOT/HOV on the bridge or in Maryland.

The evening commute will probably be worse. It seems, based entirely on subjective observation, that 95S backs up for no reason at all and stays that way until about 7pm.

Good luck; I'd be looking for housing over in MD.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Good luck; I'd be looking for housing over in MD.
I totally agree, if at all possible it's best to live in the same state that you're working in. Crossing the river can become a real pain at times.
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