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Old 09-11-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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We have moved to ashburn area couple of weeks back and I need to travel couple of times a week to Wilmington DE fo business. I am looking for alternate routes other than beltway. I tried us15, 70 an 695 and got stuck on 70 at 29. Is there any other faster route?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:07 PM
 
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The problem is that there are only so many ways to get across the river.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:56 PM
 
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agree with jillybean. You can go toll road to beltway to 95, but traffic sucks no matter which way you slice it.

I wish the train would make it easier, but from ashburn, there really is no easy way to get on the train.
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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The alternatives:
267 to 495 to 95: You'll be dealing with DC traffic the whole while.

15 to 30 to 202 (or some variation thereof): You'd be hitting tieups along 30 -- when I went to Strasburg, PA for a Day Out With Thomas, I hit a terrible backup in Lancaster.

I don't know how 1 is in MD. Maybe 15, 30 to York, to 83, to 695, then 95 might work -- but it'll be quite a bit out of your way.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:30 PM
 
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I don't think there is any easy way, going from Ashburn to Lancaster to DE will take forever. I have family in both cities and have made that trek. (used to live in Ashburn) If you are doing this a couple times a week, you might want to consider a rental up that way.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Well, I don't know about avoiding the beltway, but when I go home to Delaware, I always take the beltway to 50, over the Bay Bridge. Taking 95 all the way to Delaware seems longer and more stressful to me (I usually don't go to Wilmington, though. I cut across Maryland to get to the Middletown area).

Except for the summer beach season, once you get over the bay bridge it's a nice, easy, non-congested ride. At the 50/301 split you can just continue up 301 into Newark and go from there.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:58 AM
 
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I like the 301 route, too. Less crowded and prettier scenery. BUT, to Wilmington, it isn't as convenient.

I lived off of Rt. 40 right as it came into DE. We were Newark address because Bear wouldn't claim us when our neighborhood was first built (we were one of the first couple families to move in).
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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I like the 301 route, too. Less crowded and prettier scenery. BUT, to Wilmington, it isn't as convenient.

I lived off of Rt. 40 right as it came into DE. We were Newark address because Bear wouldn't claim us when our neighborhood was first built (we were one of the first couple families to move in).

You're right, it's less convenient. I should have pointed that out. I just wanted to throw it out there in case the OP was mainly concerned with not wanting to be in traffic. I can be that way--rather take the longer route as long as I can "keep moving." Although going though Middletown on 301 these days is kind of slow anymore.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:14 AM
 
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You're right, it's less convenient. I should have pointed that out. I just wanted to throw it out there in case the OP was mainly concerned with not wanting to be in traffic. I can be that way--rather take the longer route as long as I can "keep moving." Although going though Middletown on 301 these days is kind of slow anymore.
I haven't been there in probably 15 years now. I know they were doing all kinds of crazy construction down that direction at that point. I'm sure I wouldn't recognize it now!

One of my best friends from HS lived in Townsend. People came to my HS from as far south as Dover (nutty). I went to St. Mark's, BTW.
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