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Old 04-20-2011, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Can those who are familiar with, and drive Farifax County Pkwy during rush hour, tell me what the traffic/congestion is like during peak times? Many of the neighborhoods we are considering would require us to drive along FFX Pkwy to get to the metro. I am talking anywhere from a 5-10 mile drive. Obviously, Mapquest/Google Maps show estimated times for the "best case scenario" and is always 8-15 minutes. So, in a "real world" situation where you are on there around 6:40am - 7:20am, and again around 5:15pm, how long would it take to do 5-10 miles? 20 minutes? 40 minutes?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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which direction are you going? Northbound is a pain in the morning, Southbound in the evening.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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But where on the parkway? I drive on it often in the afternoon going south, and actually in many places it's just fine. The congestion is usually centered around the 66 exits (on the piece I use - it's a very long road) and some other popular exits. In general, I don't think it's that bad compared to other roads - at times it can be really stop and go near the big exits, but most days it's slow to very slow, but moving.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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Since you mentioned going to the metro... I assume you're talking about going to Franconia/Springfield?
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:26 PM
 
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which direction are you going? Northbound is a pain in the morning, Southbound in the evening.

It depends. My part of the Parkway is the exact opposite.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Sorry. To clarify I am talking about going from Fairfax Station/Burke/W. Springfield to the Franconia/Springfield metro. I think that is South in the mornings and North in the afternoons. Although some of the areas in W. Springfield recommended taking Old Keene Mill instead of 7900.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Sorry. To clarify I am talking about going from Fairfax Station/Burke/W. Springfield to the Franconia/Springfield metro. I think that is South in the mornings and North in the afternoons. Although some of the areas in W. Springfield recommended taking Old Keene Mill instead of 7900.
I would suggest Old Keene Mill Rd too. I think it is quicker and a bit shorter than using the Parkway.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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At the height of the evening rush there is a backup going north at the intersection with Huntsman Blvd in W. Springfield. However, this backup normally lasts only for one cycle of the traffic light. This certainly is tolerable.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Sorry. To clarify I am talking about going from Fairfax Station/Burke/W. Springfield to the Franconia/Springfield metro. I think that is South in the mornings and North in the afternoons. Although some of the areas in W. Springfield recommended taking Old Keene Mill instead of 7900.
I drive on the parkway between Lee Chapel Rd and the Springfield Metro. It is about 7.5 miles and normally takes maybe 15 minutes in the morning. The PM trip seems to take a little longer due to the traffic light at Huntsman though. This, of course, can always take considerably longer due to accident/incident.

I guess the answer is, there are places with much worse traffic and this area isn't bad because there are some options to take if the Parkway get jammed due to an incident.
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