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Old 07-18-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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It usually is unless there is some big problem.

If you're working the day shift (so VB to Hampton in the AM and Hampton to VB in the PM) then yes, you might find it backed up with people going to the OBX, but that is on 64, not 664.

If he's coming from 58 he's only going to be on 664 for literally about a minute before getting on 264. If he takes 264 to 64 then he'll get on after the exits to the OBX and thus shouldn't hit any traffic there.
I dunno, I always see the sign that says "Downtown Tunnel Congested" at that time of day but I don't go 264 so can't say for sure. That whole 58/460/64/264/664 interchange is just a mess sometimes is all... but I guess he has to deal with that no matter how you slice it.


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Look, I get it, I really do. There is no 'obvious' way up there because of the time/day/season I'm traveling....whatever way I take, its going to be a PIA because of various factors....I haven't been through the Chesapeake Bay tunnel in 20 yrs and my kids have never experienced it. I have experienced the I-95 corridor Richmond (north), so I am very leery. I have never gone on the ferry w/a car...I appreciate the feedback (especially negative) so I'll know what I'm in for....
I don't blame you for wanting to take 13... 95 from Richmond to Philly Baltimore basically sucks and the potential for HUGE delays is always there. Plus the bridge and ferry are fun for the kids. I think you'll be fine, I just say the earlier the better is all. I have made that drive 10 times each way at least visiting family in Massachusetts and I usually take 13 over 95. If you have time you can even check out some of the little barrier islands on the eastern shore. Good luck and enjoy the trip!

PS watch out for cops in those small towns on the eastern shore, the limits drop from 55 to 25 pretty quick and they will camp out.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Well, I did the drive yesterday. 85 was smooth sailing into VA. 58 was a little more country than I thought up until I got about to the I-95 intersection...then the roads improved imo, and that McDonald's was probably one of the cleanest I've ever been in..(near 58/95 intersection)..kudos to the mgmt staff there...

Going through Suffolk was a little slow w the congestion and lights, but to be honest we breezed all the way to the tunnel...664/264/64...jeez so many interchanges, luckily i had my GPS....when the girl said $12 to cross I almost had a heart attack. ...Didnt realize it was that expensive....Kids loved the tunnel/bridge/tunnel.....

13 was a breeze (from VA/MD/DE) till about the border of kent/Sussex county in DE...by that time the kids were antsy and we started hitting more lights..traveled 55-65 mph mostly w zero traffic. Ferry from DE to NJ was neat...

Overall a very "stress free" drive...I think I lucked out a little.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:37 PM
 
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Glad everything went well! Hope you get a repeat on your way back!
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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Figured you already knew about the 12 buck toll. Same coming back if you go that way. You can stop at the sea gull pier for the price of the toll and go fishing or stroll out and see the bridge tunnel from a differing a perspective. Maybe a ship will go through while you are there.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:16 PM
 
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They also completely redid the restaurant there and it's pretty good now. Just wish there was a way to turn around a big rig in that parking lot.
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