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Old 08-01-2014, 07:32 AM
 
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Hello,

I will be traveling to MB, SC in the coming week, and will be passing through Gettysburgh, PA. Having experienced I95 on a Saturday morning, my goal is to avoid this route, by using HW 15, 29 and route 522 to tie in to I-64.
This will add 1 hour to expected travel time, but I suspect I will lose as much on a Sat morning on I95 South.
Couple of years ago I tried HW 15/17 and tying back in at Fredericksburgh, but lost time getting on to I95.

My best option is to drive through late Friday, but may not be realistic since I am coming from Canada.

Any thoughts to this route to bypass I95? Will there be local/vacation traffic on these roads?

Thanks
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hwy 15, 29, and 522, IMO, would be a slower, scenic, meandering ride through Virginia's countryside on mostly a 2 lane road. If that's part of the vacation, then that would be a fine ride. However, if you're just trying to get to MB as quickly as possible I would look for other alternates.

How about I-81 South to I-64 East? At least then you'll have a four lane road with a 60-70 mph speed limit.

Even if you come through late on a Friday night, there is no guarantee that I-95 South between DC and Richmond will be clear. A large stretch of that route is under construction and with summer traffic, it seems like there is no good time to be on 95 South.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:32 AM
 
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Hokie fan, Thanks for the advice, will consider prior to turning off for Gettysburg.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:50 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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Either take 81 to 64 to 95 or take 83S to 695S to 97S to 301S back to 95 (this route has a $6 toll to cross into VA). Either way will let you avoid all the traffic on 95S which will be terrible on a Saturday morning. Both are four lanes highways with high speed limits.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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301S is worth a look. Yes, there is a toll bridge, but the traffic is far less insane. I know, I drive I95 to and from Washington, DC several times a week. There is NEVER a good time to be on that horror show of a road.
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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If you're on I-95 early enough, say before 10am, you shouldn't have much problem. It usually gets worse once all the local folks start going around for the day.

I would use an app like Waze or Google Maps to check on traffic before driving an hour plus out of the way to avoid traffic that may or may not be there.
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