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Old 04-30-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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Re: The Mixing Bowl: The information you had received might be outdated. There was a massive reconstruction project that fixed the issues at Springfield in the last few years, such that most of the delays have been alleviated, though traffic does in Newington for drivers headed south. It used to be common to sit on The Beltway in both directions from mid-late afternoon into the evening, from Telegraph Road to Braddock Road but no longer.
Was wondering the same thing. Traffic engineers even say that the delays caused by construction wasted more driver time than will ever be recouped by the faster speed now.
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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I strongly believe that we should find ways to tax newcomers to help defray the costs that they immediately incur despite paying none of the taxes that helped build infrastructure like the Mixing Bowl improvements.

It's not exactly the same thing, but some places like Arlington and DC favor the hiring of those who live within the county or district and provide advantages for local contractors. Maybe we could charge higher tax rates on businesses based on hiring locally vs not. Also, first time connection fees for those moving into the state or county, etc. The roads that this guy talks about can't keep up with the influx of new people. That's really why we can't ever get a handle on things.

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Old 04-30-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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traffic gets much worse when schools are out for the summer, even on weekends

First time I've ever heard that!

Vacations and no school takes LOTS of cars off the road...
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:28 AM
 
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First time I've ever heard that!

Vacations and no school takes LOTS of cars off the road...
I was told the same thing on this very forum before I moved here (traffic is worse in the summer) and I found it to be true. It may not be true in Fairfax area, but in PW and Stafford it is. When we had our temp apt in Woodbridge we sat in traffic on US 1 on a Sat. trying to go south. We went a mile in an hour. This was typical of the summer.
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Old 05-01-2010, 05:30 AM
 
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First time I've ever heard that!

Vacations and no school takes LOTS of cars off the road...
Summer vacations and school being out changes traffic: makes it easier in some ways and harder in other ways.

For example, during the summer, my commute to work in the morning (up I-95 and 395 into town) will be much better due to many people being off. The real nice commute, for me, starts around mid to late-July and goes all the way through Labor Day. My ride home, Mon-Wednesday is also better. When I get into Woodbridge, it's definitely better because schools are out so no busses, kids crossing streets, school zone speed drops, etc. HOWEVER...Friday's and weekends are a nightmare. It actually starts on Thursday afternoon, which has become the new Friday for weekend getaways. 95 South just gets slammed. And this goes on from about Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. through very late that night. Sunday's are marginally better but then you get the horror show on Sunday's going north. It's awful during the summer. So once school lets out through about a week after Labor Day, I don't do much traveling on 95 during the weekend. If I need to get up north, I take back roads to avoid it all or I schedule my trips around the HOV traffic flow. Rt. 1 takes a lot of overflow but it's usually a tad bit better because travelers are intimidated enough that they won't jump off the interstate.
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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Summer vacations and school being out changes traffic: makes it easier in some ways and harder in other ways.

For example, during the summer, my commute to work in the morning (up I-95 and 395 into town) will be much better due to many people being off. The real nice commute, for me, starts around mid to late-July and goes all the way through Labor Day. My ride home, Mon-Wednesday is also better. When I get into Woodbridge, it's definitely better because schools are out so no busses, kids crossing streets, school zone speed drops, etc. HOWEVER...Friday's and weekends are a nightmare. It actually starts on Thursday afternoon, which has become the new Friday for weekend getaways. 95 South just gets slammed. And this goes on from about Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. through very late that night. Sunday's are marginally better but then you get the horror show on Sunday's going north. It's awful during the summer. So once school lets out through about a week after Labor Day, I don't do much traveling on 95 during the weekend. If I need to get up north, I take back roads to avoid it all or I schedule my trips around the HOV traffic flow. Rt. 1 takes a lot of overflow but it's usually a tad bit better because travelers are intimidated enough that they won't jump off the interstate.
Thanks for the clarification; that is exactly what I was talking about. I've never seen a place that has such bad weekend traffic.
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:30 AM
 
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Where's the traffic? Try driving from I-95 south on a nice afternoon, especially a Friday afternoon. I swear it took me just under 2 hrs to drive from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg (30 miles). Rt.1 isn't a much better either. I've got to find an alternate route to get to NC, that was just crazy yesterday.
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Old 05-01-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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Where's the traffic? Try driving from I-95 south on a nice afternoon, especially a Friday afternoon. I swear it took me just under 2 hrs to drive from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg (30 miles). Rt.1 isn't a much better either. I've got to find an alternate route to get to NC, that was just crazy yesterday.

Oh OK....I don't do I-95, wouldn't know. My normal routes are better during the summer (Except for the Rt 50/OC beach traffic when heading to the summer place...)
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Where's the traffic? Try driving from I-95 south on a nice afternoon, especially a Friday afternoon. I swear it took me just under 2 hrs to drive from Woodbridge to Fredericksburg (30 miles). Rt.1 isn't a much better either. I've got to find an alternate route to get to NC, that was just crazy yesterday.
exactly!

those that get off before woodbridge don't see that mess
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Old 05-01-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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exactly!

those that get off before woodbridge don't see that mess
I exit at the Dale City/Rippon exit and that's exactly where one of the worst summer backups begins. All the way to Fredericksburg. There really is not an alternate route that doesn't take you way out of your way. The thing to do is get down that way no later than 1:PM on a Friday.
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