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Old 07-14-2009, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Germany
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Folks, we are moving from Germany to NoVa in a month and are looking at houses in the area. We are looking to get an acre or two and found a house off of PW parkway, close to Bull Run Marina Park. What would the commute look like to Ft. Belvoir in the early a.m. and coming back mid afternoon? It is app. 24 miles but I know to predict the commute to be around 45 minutes?

We looked at a house in Montclair (Dumfries) with a 16mile commute, but I heard 95 is awful and we should avoid commuting on it. So which commute would you rather have, from Montclair or from eastern Manassas?

Thanks so much folks, you are great!
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Maine
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If you plan to use a helicopter from Manassas, the commute will be fine.

Traffic on I-95 is bad, but I-66 is worse, and not very convenient to Fort Belvoir. Perhaps others will know more about the time, but I suspect a commute from Manassas to Fort Belvoir will *NOT* be 45 min. Montclair would be a little easier.
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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PW Parkway (Very close to me) to Ft. Belvoir can be done easily in 45 minutes if you're leaving very early. You won't be using I 66 as the last poster believes. You'll be using either I 95 or Rt 1. If you leave after 630-700 then I'd plan on an hour to be on the safe side. If you're leaving Belvoir by 3PM then getting home in 45 minutes won't be a problem. After 330-4 it will take an hour. Give or take.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I don't "believe" I-66 is the right route. I said it would be even worse than I-95, which the poster said she was advised to avoid. My comment was so she had more information about alternate routes (and there are not many for a Manassas-to-Fort Belvoir commute).

To the original poster: If you move to Manassas, please post an update of how long it actually takes to drive from Fort Belvoir to Manassas during the work week.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:41 AM
 
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I would move to Montclair. Just my preference. You can meander up from Montclair, through Woodbridge and hop on I-95 a bit farther up to avoid most of it. Distance-wise, I just think Manassas is a bit farther.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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I wouldn't even go to I95 if you're near Bull Run. You can probably take the backroads and hit 7100 (Fairfax pkw) and get to Route 1 right near Ft. Belvoir.

Personally I'd take the acreage in Manassas. It's hard to find that amount of land in Montclair.
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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Personally I'd take the acreage in Manassas. It's hard to find that amount of land in Montclair.
True--if you are hell bent on acreage, Montclair isn't for you. Most of their lots are on the smaller side with a few 1/2 acre lots here and there and a few gorgeous water properties. I think 1/3 acre lots are pretty standard there. Nice community though.
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Folks, we are moving from Germany to NoVa in a month and are looking at houses in the area. We are looking to get an acre or two and found a house off of PW parkway, close to Bull Run Marina Park. What would the commute look like to Ft. Belvoir in the early a.m. and coming back mid afternoon? It is app. 24 miles but I know to predict the commute to be around 45 minutes?

We looked at a house in Montclair (Dumfries) with a 16mile commute, but I heard 95 is awful and we should avoid commuting on it. So which commute would you rather have, from Montclair or from eastern Manassas?

Thanks so much folks, you are great!
I would take the Bull Run route, there are back roads that you can cut
thru and pick up a small stretch of RT1 or a little travel on 95.
Coming from Montclair will be a trip esp during Morning or evening
rush hour using a long stretch of RT 1 or awhile on 95..
RTR
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:28 PM
 
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take PWC parkway all the way down to 123, turn right, go up and make a U after crossing over the highway, jump on 95, stay in the right lane and jump right off at the lorton exit (161) take Rt. 1 up till you get to whichever entrance you need to go to. Thats what i do every single day.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I used to live near Ft. Belvoir and did the reverse commute out to Fair Lakes when my job location changed. I'd have to agree that you should jump on 7100 and take that to Rt. 1. One possibility to get to 7100 would be to take Hwy 29 (Lee Hwy) from Manassas. You might also want to try biting the bullet and just taking I-66 east until you get to the 7100 southbound exit.
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