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Old 09-07-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody could tell me how the commute would be from downtown Richmond to Virginia Beach. I have recently graduated from Penn State and I have received a job offer located in Virginia Beach. But, I have friends from school who live in Richmond and I want to stay near them. Is this commute a bad idea??

Thanks
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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I just asked about the commute from Richmond to Williamsburg and was told that was an hour and I think VA Beach is an hour South from Williamsburg.....
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Hi all,

I was wondering if anybody could tell me how the commute would be from downtown Richmond to Virginia Beach. I have recently graduated from Penn State and I have received a job offer located in Virginia Beach. But, I have friends from school who live in Richmond and I want to stay near them. Is this commute a bad idea??

Thanks
If you can find a job in Richmond you might want to do so. That is an hour, on a good day, if there aren't any backups in Newport News or Williamsburg, if there aren't backups in Virginia Beach itself on I-264. If you aren't dealing with backups on the HRBT. That commute can easily be 2 hours or more. Richmond itself has a lot of traffic it can be hard to get in and out of the city. I wouldn't recommend going from one region in Virginia to another, if you can avoid it. That is essentially what you would be doing because Richmond metro is its own seperate region outside of NoVa or HR.

If that commute is an hour, someone is taking the back roads. Figure out which roads they are speaking of can't see how that could be an hour consistently. One difference from here to perhaps Philly or Pittsburgh is that you don't have a clean "grid system" around here, at least not in the more desirable areas so it can be difficult to navigate, and thus everyone piles up onto the same roads, avenues, boulevards, highways, whatever. I've been here since 2006 and still use a GPS.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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I know the area well and all the back roads and shortcuts. I also drive thorugh Richmond twice every week on my way to and from norfolk/nelson county. At best your Richmond/VB commute will be 1:15 minutes one way without traffic problems and at worst 2.75 hours one way without traffic problems. These times vary because there aere different areas of VB and Richmond that are closer together or farther apart. In normal conditions where you will probably hit some backups add 15 minutes to an hour to those numbers.

You could live somehwere in between and shorten the numbers but I would recommend living on the southside of the HRBT if you work in VB. Your friends from Richmond can visit you at the oceanfront.
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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You could live somehwere in between and shorten the numbers but I would recommend living on the southside of the HRBT if you work in VB. Your friends from Richmond can visit you at the oceanfront.
I agree with both of these statements but particularly the recommendation about living on the south side if working in VB. That drive is going to get old real quick in good driving conditions. And if you are working a standard 8-5 type shift, the HRBT is always backed up heading toward the north side in the evenings and my guess is it's the same heading south in the morning.

You can always drive up to see your friends on the weekends and vice versa. It's not a bad trip once in a while but daily would be rough. With that said, I know people that do it. So, good luck and congats on the job!
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Don't do it! You'd want to give yourself at least two hours to get to work every day and if you get caught in I64 traffic (which you will be, almost every day of the week) then two hours won't be enough.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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My BH works with someone from Richmond doing the commute and they wished they had an apartment in Norfolk. Bad Ju-Ju when it comes to traffic delays and weather. They end up staying at friend's houses most of the time after a 12 hour shift.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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Do not do it. I would not commute from Hampton to Va Beach much less doing it from Richmond. You can always visit Richmond on holidays and weekends. If you're worried about diversions, there are some fun neighborhoods in Norfolk with lots of bars and young people.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA —> Durham, NC in September
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Bad, BAD idea. I advise people in Hampton Roads to not commute across bridges and tunnels. Richmond to VA Beach? No way. Now Richmond to Hampton, would be a little different.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Bad, BAD idea. I advise people in Hampton Roads to not commute across bridges and tunnels. Richmond to VA Beach? No way. Now Richmond to Hampton, would be a little different.
That commute still hits the crap around Ft. Eustis and Williamsburg. No matter how you look at it it's a crappy commute.
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