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Old 08-01-2007, 09:52 AM
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I'm thinking of moving to Bellingham, but I work in Bellevue. I've driven between the two cities, but never in rush hour. Any idea of the time it would take? I live in Central Washington now, over Snoqualmie Pass, and my commute is about 75 minutes, each way. So, I'm not afraid of the commute - just wondering about the time involved. It would actually be better--no blizzards to drive through!
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Old 08-01-2007, 10:35 AM
Location: Washington Coast, Grays Harbor County
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Default WOW, that seems like a long commute!

That is 90 minutes each way, with no traffic, so I can't imagine what it would be like ... I used to live in the Central District (downtown) and take the bus to work, about 1 mile, so I'm kind of a pansy when it comes to traffic, but I will say that when I used to drive up to see my sister (in Mt Vernon) after work, the traffic through Lynnwood/Everett was always really bad. Without traffic, it was about a 50 minute drive, with traffic it could take up to 3 hours. So I think coming up 405 to I-5, you could probably add 1/2 an hour, and coming through Everett, you could add another hour or hour and a half, if you have anything close to regular hours. Rush hour seems to go from 3:30 to 6:00 in the afternoon. I don't have any feeling for mornings.

Good luck!

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Old 08-01-2007, 11:43 AM
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Yup, I agree with bmsea. It's not bad when there's no traffic. Theoretically, yes, it should take about an hour and a half but if you're commuting during business hours, plan on it taking at least double that time.

As bmsea has said, you'll hit heavy traffic in the morning in the Marysville/Everett area and then again coming south on I-405. Same places in reverse in the PM only worse. If you are working a swing shift it will be better and if a graveyard shift even better ...graveyard hours will probably be close to the 90 minutes because of no traffic.

Also, I-5 is heavily patrolled so speeding is out too.

Yes, good luck!

edit: how can you make it from central Washington to Bellevue in 75 minutes??!! I used to make the Ellensburg to Bellevue drive during business hours and it would be at least 2 hours ...a lot of time consumed was from Issaquah in but that was years ago. Have they done enough improvements to the roadway on I-90 over the pass to go close to 100 mph?

2nd edit: Ok, I read your other post. I can see it taking 75 minutes from Roslyn if the road conditions on the pass are good and you don't hit rush-hour traffic in Issaquah.


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Old 08-01-2007, 02:23 PM
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I lived in Arlington and commuted to South Everett, and spent about 45 minutes in the car, that's 17 miles. So, good luck with your commute.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:21 PM
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
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Well, I'm quite impressed that someone would choose to commute such a distance! So many times I sell houses to folks who want to be closer to work. I guess if you find a community that you like and you're willing to do the time, well, your downtime would be truly sweet.

And, yes, I agree with the general assessment that it could take anywhere up to 3 hours. Since I live in Mount Vernon I have a feel for how far that is. I take real estate classes in Bellevue and it's not for the fainthearted - the drive, that is, not real estate per se.

All the best.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:17 PM
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One of my husband's co-workers commutes from Camano Island to Seattle every day. Most of my co-workers (here in Bellevue) commute from at least 30 min. away.

If you don't mind sitting in traffic or can get in and out early - I don't imagine it would be that bad. Not as pretty or scenic as your current commute of course. It always feels like rush hour traffic moves slow - but it usually isn't that bad. I've never stayed on any stretch of the crowded freeway for more than 20 minutes. It is packed but it is moving.
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:45 AM
Location: Bellingham, Washington
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Are ya nuts? Who would want to put themself thru that torture just to live in Bellingham? I start pulling my hair out anytime I have to drive down thru Bellevue. Theres traffic in Everett, than it clears up for a few miles, than it's a traffic jam all the way to Bellevue. There also could be traffic in Mount Vernon on a bad day.
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:22 PM
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I live in Darrington, which is about 75 miles away from Bellingham and commute every day and have for the last 4 years. It takes me about a hour and 40 minutes each way. Traffic north of the Stanwood exit is almost always a piece of cake, but any further south and it is bad morning or afternoon. Oh I-5 from Bow hill all the way almost to B-ham, don't count out you blizzards!
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