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Old 07-04-2007, 12:16 PM
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My roommate and I are thinking about leasing an apt. in Arlington--22207 zip. I will have no problem getting to work with direct access bus to Rosslyn metro or walk 15 minutes to get to Virginia Square metro in order to get to my job in Old Town Alexandria. However, my roommate has accepted a job in McLean with no metro there. How long would a car drive from Cherry Dale area of Arlington take for her to get to McLean and what would be the best route? I am in charge of finding the apt. and I would hate to "punish" her with a long/impossible commute as she has to go by car.

Last edited by longm; 07-04-2007 at 12:19 PM.. Reason: mispelling
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:18 PM
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I live in McLean, and often drive to Arlington. In fact, I regularly drive to the library and tennis near Cherrydale and it takes only 15 minutes from my house (not during rush hour). It shouldn't take more than about 30 minutes for your roommate to get to McLean from Cherrydale, even during rush hour. There are multiple ways to get there. For example, take Lee Highway (Rt. 29) to Old Dominion to Dolley Madison (123), which leads right into the heart of Tyson's. Or Military to Glebe to 123 (which is called Chain Bridge Road at that point). Or Lee Highway to I-66 to the Dulles Toll Road exit to 123 north.

Most employers in McLean are really in Tyson's, which is the intersection of routes 123 and 7, and, depending upon where exactly her job will be, it might take a bit longer than 30 minutes once she gets to McLean because the traffic in the Tyson's area can be dreadful. If you've got an address or intersection, it would be easier to give you suggested routes.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:07 PM
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I've driven from the arlington toyota dealer towards the toll road many times- going from rt 29 in arlington on to old dominion all the way to chain bridge road(123) in the afternoon.

The traffic isn't bad at all until you reach the intersection of chain bridge and old dominion. Once you are there, it is at the most an extra 10 minutes to tyson's corner, but that is where the traffic is the worst.

I'd have to say it would normally average to be about 25 minutes from arlington to the dulles toll road exit off 123.

I would get from the toll road exit at tysons to cherrydale in less than 15 minutes if i got all green lights in the morning (6:45ish).
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:37 PM
Location: Northern Virginia
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Suggest mapquesting it and then adding about 20 min. to travel time. Mapquest always gets the times incorrect for Northern VA.
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