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Old 06-30-2011, 05:40 AM
 
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I need to pick up my brother in law at Dulles on Friday afternoon. He is getting in at 4 pm and I am coming from Woodbridge. I will have enough people in the car to qualify for the HOV lane. I drove to Tyson's Corner the other day in the late morning. It seemed that there were several areas under construction was increased the time it took to get there. Would it be better to go to Manassas and up that way? What about toll roads? Google said there were partial toll roads but I don't know where or how much money to make sure I have. If I am heading back to Woodbridge about 4:30 on a Friday afternoon what will be the best way? I am new to the area so any suggestions would be great!!!
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:51 AM
 
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I live in Woodbridge and have taken 28 out to Dulles. I prefer taking I-95 to the Beltway (495) and then getting on the toll road but going anywhere this Friday, before a holiday, is tricky.

So, I would take the PWC Parkway, to Liberia, to Rt. 28. Take 28 all the way to signs for Dulles Airport. You will get on the toll road. Since you are actually going to the Airport, you won't pay a toll.

I would also come back the same way you went because by the time you are returning, if you get on I495 to hit 95 south, you will be stuck in gridlock. There are no HOV lanes on the 495 portion of your trip, so it will be a "slog" to get to the I-95 HOV lanes going south (which would be beautiful for you).

I will warn you thought, Rt. 28 is going to be HECK through various areas and you won't get any breathing room until you get off of Rt 28 and make the left turn onto Liberia.

You could always listen to traffic and take a gamble with 495 towards I95. That's probably what I would do.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:51 AM
 
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The Manassas route seems like it would suggest you to take 28. At that time? That is a bad idea, IMHO. What I would do in your situation, ride up 123 as far as possible, then pick either 606 or 50. But hey, I could be wrong I don't know for sure.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:37 AM
 
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So, I would take the PWC Parkway, to Liberia, to Rt. 28. Take 28 all the way to signs for Dulles Airport. You will get on the toll road. Since you are actually going to the Airport, you won't pay a toll.
This is the way I always go. I tend to avoid 95/495 as much as I can on holiday weekends. While it does put you on the toll road, you're pretty much at the airport so there are no tolls.

An alternative to getting back is to take 50 to FFX PKWY then 123, but it's a toss up.
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:44 AM
 
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Picking up somebody from Dulles it's okay to take your time anyway. If your'e too early and the person your'e picking up is not there yet, you can't park your car in front of the terminal and wait, a cop will eventually tell you to go back around or wait in a designated waiting area
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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The Manassas route seems like it would suggest you to take 28. At that time? That is a bad idea, IMHO. What I would do in your situation, ride up 123 as far as possible, then pick either 606 or 50. But hey, I could be wrong I don't know for sure.
I have to disagree. I live off Rt. 28 and going north, the OP shouldn't have too much traffic - the majority of traffic will be going south. The most traffic they'll hit is once you get past Centreville but although it will be heavy, should move along quite fine.

I would avoid 123 and 50 for certain - 50 will be bogged down with traffic. I don't know about 123 since I don't travel it too much but 50 is heavy.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Picking up somebody from Dulles it's okay to take your time anyway. If your'e too early and the person your'e picking up is not there yet, you can't park your car in front of the terminal and wait, a cop will eventually tell you to go back around or wait in a designated waiting area
All you hit is the end of the actual toll road - the exit is for the toll road but you stay to the left to take the exit for the airport and then it's right there.

You can get there a little early and wait in the cell phone waiting area parking lot. Then your party can just give you a buzz when they're out front and you can pop over to the terminal and pick them up. Just look for the signs.
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Old 06-30-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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What if the OP were to take Route 1 north and cut over to the GW Parkway (via Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy--Route 235E), take GWMP through Old Town and on past DCA, then take the I-66 exit west (HOV), take that past Arlington to the airport-only toll-free highway that parallels the Dulles Toll Road?

I know for a fact that the traffic from GWMP onward would be light--but I don't know about getting to GWMP from Woodbridge. It would be a toll-free ride, though.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:26 AM
 
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What if the OP were to take Route 1 north and cut over to the GW Parkway (via Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy--Route 235E), take GWMP through Old Town and on past DCA, then take the I-66 exit west (HOV), take that past Arlington to the airport-only toll-free highway that parallels the Dulles Toll Road?

I know for a fact that the traffic from GWMP onward would be light--but I don't know about getting to GWMP from Woodbridge. It would be a toll-free ride, though.
The drive up Rt. 1 from Woodbridge would be awfully tedious.

I think getting to Dulles, through Manassas on Rt 28 is going to be absolutely fine. It's coming back that same way that will be nightmarish.

Also, maybe I'm having a memory lapse here, but don't you avoid tolls if you are actually going to the airport? I can't even remember but I have paid tolls before so maybe you do pay them but they weren't even that expensive.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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Coming in from 28 if you take the Dulles airport exit, the only exit from there is at the end of the line at Dulles airport, but you don't pay toll
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