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Old 04-26-2011, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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What's the best route between Annandale (Northern VA Community College) and Wolftrap Elementary at rush hour? (I need to be at Wolftrap at 6:15 pm.) How much time should I allow?
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:22 AM
 
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Hmmm. It's not that far, but I'd probably allow 45 minutes to an hour. Lots of possible routes. Prosperity north to a left on Hilltop (next light past Lee Highway) to a right on Cedar Lane to a left on Park Street to a right on Locust (last before 123) to a left on Branch to a right onto 123 and an almost immediate left onto Beulah Road would be one idea. It's against the dominant traffic flow almost the whole way.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:26 AM
 
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Hmmm. It's not that far, but I'd probably allow 45 minutes to an hour. Lots of possible routes. Prosperity north to a left on Hilltop (next light past Lee Highway) to a right on Cedar Lane to a left on Park Street to a right on Locust (last before 123) to a left on Branch to a right onto 123 and an almost immediate left onto Beulah Road would be one idea. It's against the dominant traffic flow almost the whole way.
I like this -- thank you! I was thinking 236 to Pickett to 50 to Nutley to Courthouse, but your way sounds much better.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:06 AM
 
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Probably not five minutes difference between them, but the Pickett route would be a tad longer, and there are potential issues with 236 westbound and Nutley past the Vienna Metro. Personally, I don't trust the Courthouse/123 intersection much either. If you hit it right, it's nothing, but if you hit it wrong, it can be a pain. I'd be tempted to stick with Nutley/123 or to cut off Courthouse on Locust over to a left on Center Street, and hit 123 there. Still worth an allowance of 45 minutes to an hour no matter how you go, I think.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Probably not five minutes difference between them, but the Pickett route would be a tad longer, and there are potential issues with 236 westbound and Nutley past the Vienna Metro. Personally, I don't trust the Courthouse/123 intersection much either. If you hit it right, it's nothing, but if you hit it wrong, it can be a pain. I'd be tempted to stick with Nutley/123 or to cut off Courthouse on Locust over to a left on Center Street, and hit 123 there. Still worth an allowance of 45 minutes to an hour no matter how you go, I think.
Thank you. I'm no expert with the Courthouse/123 area at rush hour, so I defer to you.
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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Thank you. I'm no expert with the Courthouse/123 area at rush hour, so I defer to you.
Well, the other side of Courthouse/123 is Lawyers/123. Since the whole north side of Vienna is either "somewhere off Beulah" or "somewhere off Lawyers", people from all over will be converging on that intersection in the evening rush. They may be coming from the Vienna Metro, they may be coming from Tysons via the back roads, but they are all headed for that intersection. Plus you've got Magruder's and the Post Office right there too, so it's something to avoid if possible in my book.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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Well, the other side of Courthouse/123 is Lawyers/123. Since the whole north side of Vienna is either "somewhere off Beulah" or "somewhere off Lawyers", people from all over will be converging on that intersection in the evening rush. They may be coming from the Vienna Metro, they may be coming from Tysons via the back roads, but they are all headed for that intersection. Plus you've got Magruder's and the Post Office right there too, so it's something to avoid if possible in my book.
Thanks again for the tip. Total drive time during tonight's rush was 25 minutes.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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Thanks again for the tip. Total drive time during tonight's rush was 25 minutes.
Hmmm. A lot of people must have played hookey from work today on account of the weather. :-) Glad it went well.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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If you drove on Courthouse, you drove very close to me - wave next time! :-) I agree that Courthouse/123 is a long light that backs up. I almost never use it unless I'm headed to Lawyers. Instead, take Courthouse to a right on Locust to a left on Center. Cross 123 and make a right on Church to a left on Beulah.
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