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Old 05-23-2013, 02:26 AM
 
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I know that there really is no way to escape 95 South traffic but figured that I would ask just in case there is.

My commutes from DC to Spotsylvania are nearing 3 hours when working nights and getting off on Saturday morning at around 11 am.

I am particularly concerned about memorial day traffic this Saturday and want to try to get around 95 if possible. I know that route 1 is usually just as bad or worse overall.

I have been looking at maps for years but it always seems so inconclusive. I don't plan on escaping 95 all the time but would like to do so if it is at all reasonable.

Thanks for any ideas.

Not looking forward to this:

http://people.virginia.edu/~seb4v/MD...ayWeekend.html

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Old 05-23-2013, 09:43 AM
 
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Depending on where you're coming from, you could probably take 66 over to 29 and then take 15 or 17.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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Depending on where you're coming from, you could probably take 66 over to 29 and then take 15 or 17.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire?
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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Out of the frying pan and into the fire?
I thought the same thing - since when is 66 ever better than 95?

We just deal with 95. Every alternative route we've ever tried has resulted in either just as much stop/go (traffic and lights) or just as much time because you end up going so many miles out of the way.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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i have to take 95 south to fredericksburg tomorrow morning. What are the chances if I hit traffic if I am on 95 at 5:30 am and exiting by fredericksburg by hopefully 6:15 or so? I am leaving from Arlington
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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I'm in Woodbridge and when I visit a lady friend off of Route 3, I'll take the back roads. It probably doesn't save me anytime, but it feels better moving than being in stop/go traffic. When I'm on the motorbike it's even more fun because the roads are nice and twisty without a lot of traffic.

Get on 234, make a left onto Aden Rd. Left onto Fleetwood which turns into Sowego, which then becomes Brent Town Rd. Make a right on Aquia and immediately a left onto Tacketts Mill Rd. Make a left onto Poplar and that eventually hits 17. I just take I95 and get off at 3. Traffic isn't too bad on I95 at that point.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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No chance unless there is an accident....unless Fridays are different. I leave DC at 7am and arrive in semi-rural Spotsylvania at 8am consistently on Monday through Wednesdays. You will probably be that much better off by leaving earlier than me. Just make sure you stay in the left lane because traffic backs up badly in the right lane around Springfield for those heading to the Fort Belvoir North Area.

Did you check the link I posted? It has a slider for various times. You can also bring up google maps and use the traffic/time slider for typical traffic patterns (I wouldn't call the holidays typical though).

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i have to take 95 south to fredericksburg tomorrow morning. What are the chances if I hit traffic if I am on 95 at 5:30 am and exiting by fredericksburg by hopefully 6:15 or so? I am leaving from Arlington
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Thanks, I am wondering if it might actually save me time just on a holiday. Based upon the map I linked to and other overall experiences I'd like to get off before hitting Dale City. Any thoughts there?

Thanks

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I'm in Woodbridge and when I visit a lady friend off of Route 3, I'll take the back roads. It probably doesn't save me anytime, but it feels better moving than being in stop/go traffic. When I'm on the motorbike it's even more fun because the roads are nice and twisty without a lot of traffic.

Get on 234, make a left onto Aden Rd. Left onto Fleetwood which turns into Sowego, which then becomes Brent Town Rd. Make a right on Aquia and immediately a left onto Tacketts Mill Rd. Make a left onto Poplar and that eventually hits 17. I just take I95 and get off at 3. Traffic isn't too bad on I95 at that point.
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:40 PM
 
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To those suggesting the extra lengthy routes that involve going West. Do you think that I could get from DC to Spotsylvania in under 3hrs and 30 minutes using them on memorial day? If so, I'd be better off than braving 95 I'd guess.

I anticipate a 3.5 hour commute heading southbound at the time I leave work on Saturday since it is usually about 2hrs and 40 minutes on non-holidays at this point.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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I have used 301 to get to Richmond to catch 95 south. It takes about an hour longer...but you know it will be only an hour. It has been a few years since I have done it as I now leave in Manassas Park and I take 29 as an alternate.

301 on Google Maps
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