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Old 02-04-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Hi All! My family and I are looking to move to Gonzales (Maybe Pelican Point area) and are wondering what the commute is really like if I would work in Metairie near the Causeway Bridge. What are the average travel times? Are there frequent accidents on I-10? Any other issues to consider? Any information you could give would help. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I would move to Metairie or the city if I was moving before I got the job, why would you want that commute being so far? Traffic will be light until you get to Kenner but a 40-50min ride one-way is alot of time and miles.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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And if there's fog (which there is at certain times of the year), the stretch over the spillway can slow down a LOT. You can always take Airline Hwy but it is slower and would still have the fog.
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I grew up in Kenner and I remember how the fog can be scary. I hadn't considered that. Thanks. We are looking in Gonzales because the lot sizes are bigger and the home prices are lower than the N. Shore or even Kenner/Metairie with the same size backyard. A 50 min commute is long I admit. Two hours in the car everyday but lots of people up here in Northern VA do it so I guess it doesn't seem as bad for me. Thanks for the comments!
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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So you guys think it would take an hour on a good day, both ways. Considering fog or a wreck, much longer? That is disappointing.
Does going off peak make any difference?
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Denver
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What about the towns along the river still in the metro?
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:45 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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So you guys think it would take an hour on a good day, both ways. Considering fog or a wreck, much longer? That is disappointing.
Does going off peak make any difference?
Allow me to preface: I'm an alarmist and I freak out easily; however, I'm in sales and drive tons between my territories in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Yes. If you're coming Eastward on I-10 from 7-10 am, look at an hour or more. Off peak will still run you 40 minutes. If you leave Metairie on peak, it can be really bad - especially getting on to I-10 at Causeway. It takes me nearly 40 minutes to get back to Kenner from just by Lakeside Mall at 4-5 pm everyday and I take West Esplanade. I-10 is just so unpredictable, especially with the construction at Causeway. If you're a jerk of a driver, that might help you, but for the sake of us nervous drivers, please don't be :-) If there's a wreck, which happens at least once a week... anything goes.

The fog is HORRID on many days. Especially coming across the Bonne Carre. Gonzales seems like a world away for me. I commute to Baton Rouge on occasions and a DREAD the days I get called there. Not the safest of drives.

I see you grew up in Kenner. Are you limited on budget? There are nice places for very cheap in my neighborhood right now - $180K+. Lots are pretty small, but there are tons of upper middle class kids running around. Our lot is big enough to have a great swing set and other kid stuff (but we don't have kids) and it's safe enough that we always have kids ringing our doorbell selling school stuff. PM me if you want to know where we're at. Tons of great houses for sale for cheap and really a nice neighborhood. I'm not a Realtor, and I can't suggest one; however, I'm dying to see some great people move in soon!
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