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Old 05-21-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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I agree better if you can cut over sooner, because even on a non-holiday weekend the 210 sucks going east during rush hour, which starts about 2 pm on a Friday. Normally it would clear up that far east, but with the holiday, I think it'll be a mess.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:26 PM
 
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I think 210 East will be bad however the alternatives are probably worse. You actually only need to be on the 210 for about 12 miles until the 605. If it is really jammed you can take the 605 or the 57 to the 60 East to the 15. 60 East will likely also be bad. Check this route out on a map: 5 south to 210 east to 57 south to 71 south to 60 east to 15 south. When you finally make it to 15 south it is a much nicer ride in terms of traffic to San Diego than the 5.

When driving in the LA region it is best to be flexible with your routes depending on traffic. KNX 1070 AM has frequent traffic reports. If you are not familiar with all the LA freeways it is probably too much info. Just listen for the dreaded words "Sigalert 210 East",then it is time to cut south to the 10 or 60.
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Old 05-21-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I once left work in Woodland Hills at 3:00 on a Friday to go to a resort in Indian Wells, 150 miles away. Mapquest says this should only take 2 1/2 hours. It took me four hours, and the traffic never cleared up until Palm Springs!!! Unbelievable. And this wasn't a holiday weekend. I shudder to think how long it would have taken!

I agree that you should head east and go around to hit the 15. Just remember that you'll have a lot of company on the 210 if you go that way, because of all the people going to Vegas, etc.
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: East Bay
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I appreciate it. I'm gonna give the 58-395-15 route a shot. I'll try to let you know how it goes. I'll be praying to the traffic gods tonight
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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I'm driving from San Fran to San Diego on Friday. Assuming I hit LA around 4 pm, what is the best route to avoid traffic? I am aware I will hit lots of traffic no matter what route I take, but is there any route that might shave a significant chunk off my travel time (I don't mind complicated shortcuts if you've got them)? Google maps has me take the 5 all the way.
When I've done this drive, I've made it a point to leave the Bay Area early - no later than 5:00 am. Stay on I-5 the whole way - you'll hit some traffic near downtown LA at around 11:00 am which eases up by the time you get to Orange County. You might see a couple more jams where I-5 gets close to the ocean if it's a nice day. You should be in San Diego between 2:00 and 3:00 pm depending how many times and how long you stop on the way.
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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The drive went great. I made it in 8.5-9 hours (11:30 to 8:00ish). It was great not sitting in traffic. The other side of the 15 (going to Vegas) was a parking lot
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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The drive went great. I made it in 8.5-9 hours (11:30 to 8:00ish). It was great not sitting in traffic. The other side of the 15 (going to Vegas) was a parking lot
I'm glad it went well, and that we could steer you around the mess!
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