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Old 09-10-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Default Quickest way through DC.

Okay I dread going through DC but I got to I guess. Friday around noonish I'll be in the area. Got to go through DC and Baltimore. Google says take 395 to 695 to the Baltimore-Washington PKWY to 895 and back onto 95. I've been through this area several times but not in a while(well over a year) and previous times I just followed 95 through the area. So what's the fastest way thru DC-Baltimore?
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:35 PM
 
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remains the same. 395 > NY Ave > BW Parkway
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:05 AM
 
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At noon? Just stick to 95 all the way.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:52 AM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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95 to 295 to 95 again in Baltimore.
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies, so many ways to get through the area. I just want the quickest through it. So 295-Baltimore Washington PKWY instead of the beltway is the way to go. I'll try this way out. Again thanks for the replies.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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Important: once you see the "welcome to DC" there are several speeding cameras. You have to watch your speed pretty much until you leave the city limits on 295.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:45 PM
 
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Yes they've ditched the pole cameras and they've got these new boxes they're using now. Tough to see if you're not paying attention
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Deeman and DcBoss yes, fully aware of speed cameras in the area. Heck its one of the reasons I hate going through DC-Baltimore. Some of the most congested expressways in the USA and than there are speed cameras in the mix. Anyway, I usually just follow 95(the beltway) never took 295. Anything diff than the beltway? If I'm not mistaken, the area on the beltway is 55-60 mph limits, are they the same on 295? I may just go my usual way(beltway) if it saves me a headache....
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Beautiful and sanitary DC
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I-95/I-495 (the Beltway) is certainly much easier driving. DC-295 is not an Interstate for many reasons -- narrow lanes, no shoulders, sharp curves, slopes, sudden merges, etc. -- and its speed limit is 45 in many places. (Hey, it's easier to deal with the traffic congestion and sudden merges if you're going at a moderate speed.) If I had a choice, I'd just as soon avoid it even though the Beltway adds 4.5 miles to the total distance.

I have no idea why anyone would recommend I-395 and NY Ave to anyone who's just passing through. Just thinking about driving those makes me anxious.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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I-95/I-495 (the Beltway) is certainly much easier driving. DC-295 is not an Interstate for many reasons -- narrow lanes, no shoulders, sharp curves, slopes, sudden merges, etc. -- and its speed limit is 45 in many places. (Hey, it's easier to deal with the traffic congestion and sudden merges if you're going at a moderate speed.) If I had a choice, I'd just as soon avoid it even though the Beltway adds 4.5 miles to the total distance.

I have no idea why anyone would recommend I-395 and NY Ave to anyone who's just passing through. Just thinking about driving those makes me anxious.
I agree, drive 95 (495) all the way is the best and you can probably keep a solid 10 over the speed limit the whole time. The only reason I would even recommend 295 is if you wanted to see the city skyline and keep from the monotony of a long road trip.
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