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Old 12-09-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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Good luck, and if you need directions to Paul VI, they're easy and I can give you a couple of options to avoid the wicked Route 50 traffic in Fairfax.
Thanks I will definately get those from you, I hate traffic in NOVA.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:58 PM
 
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Well cupcake didn't do so well, he only wrestled one match but got pinned in the first period. Didn't help he was wrestling varsity, I sure wish they would leave him at JV this year. The stupid thing wasn't over until 10:15, our guys took care of business but the teams from Madison and Garfield were screwing around. Now off the Springfield tomorrow night.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:16 AM
 
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Thanks I will definately get those from you, I hate traffic in NOVA.
Yes, the traffic can be a nightmare, especially during rush hours.

PVI is pretty easy from your area, and there are two ways to go:

Since you're HOV compliant for I-66, you can take it from Arlington.

When you get to The Beltway stay to the left to get in the HOV lane. Usually, the HOV lane moves a little below the speed limit, but it's not generally jammed.

Follow to the left exit (HOV-2 exit only) at Monument Drive.

At the top of the ramp, turn left.

Follow Monument past Fairfax Corners (on your left) and turn left on Government Center Parkway. Wegmans will be in front of you to the left, and there will be a townhouse development to your immediate left.

Follow this road to a 4-way stop sign at Ridge Top Road. Continue straight.

At the traffic light, make a right turn on Waples Mill Road.

At the next intersection, take a left on Lee Highway (Route 29).

Follow Route 29, and stay straight when you come to the intersection with Main Street (Route 236) and Route 50. There will be a Borders on your left, and you will pas Guitar Center and Office Depot on your right as well as a blinds shop.

This road turns into Fairfax Boulevard (Route 50) at this intersection. Continue past a car dealership on your right, a Burker King, etc. to the school on the right (across from a shopping plaza with Panera, H Mart, Petco, etc.)

The parking lot entrance from this road is nearly past the school, as the property is fenced.



The second option (avoiding all highways) would be to use the directions from West Springfield from above to Route 236 (Little River Turnpike).

Instead of turning on Wakefield Chapel Road, however, continue straight into the City of Fairfax. You will pass a light at Prosperity Avenue, Guinea Road, Olley Lane, and Pickett Road. You will be in the city once you're at Pickett, and the name changes to Main Street.

Main Street will continue as Route 236, passing Fair City Mall, Fairfax Square, and a smaller plaza with a Shell Station/7-eleven. You will then pass an office building, and the Farrcroft community on your right. The next couple of blocks can have traffic, but it's generally not too bad -- and is much better than Route 50.

There's a light into the shopping plaza, with TJMaxx, Walgreens, etc. Continue to follow Main Street as it curves to join Old Lee Highway.

After the curve, two lanes can turn left to be on North Street, or the right lane continues to Old Lee Highway. Turn left. The library will be in front of you. The majority of traffic will make the turn, and it's a tight (very tight double left).

Follow North Street down a slight slope to the traffic light. You should now be at the light at University Drive & North with the Old Town Hall on your left, with a parking lot between you and the building. There is an office building on the right, and a collection of restaurants, shops, and offices in front of you on both sides of the road. Pacers is on the corner.

Continue on North Street, crossing over Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) at the next light. The road curves again and rejoins Main Street.

Note: You can stay straight at Walgreens and get here too, but you need to be in the far left lane, and due to light timing, it's faster to take the curves.

You will pass Truro Episcopal Church, and a large office building on your right. The next light is Judical Drive (traffic can sometimes slow here, but it's only two more blocks).

You will pass Keith Drive on your right, and the Fairfax Surgical Center. No light at this intersection.

The next light is Oak Street. Turn right on Oak Street. An apartment complex is on your right, office buildings on the left, and a smaller office building in front of you and to the right.

Follow Oak Street, passing an an American Legion hall and ball fields to a 4-way stop.

At the stop sign, turn right. This short road passes a preschool and immediately enters the back lot at PVI.




On the way home, you can leave PVI via Route 50 east, turn right out of the front lot, or make two rights if leaving via the back lot (stop sign and McDonalds) to head east. You can get on The Beltway to I-66 from Route 50, or just take 50 back to Arlington. Traffic should be a non-issue at that hour, unless the HOT lane bridge work is scheduled during those hours on The Beltway since 50 to 66 can be impacted by that work.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:50 AM
 
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Yes, the traffic can be a nightmare, especially during rush hours.

PVI is pretty easy from your area, and there are two ways to go:

Since you're HOV compliant for I-66, you can take it from Arlington.

When you get to The Beltway stay to the left to get in the HOV lane. Usually, the HOV lane moves a little below the speed limit, but it's not generally jammed.

Follow to the left exit (HOV-2 exit only) at Monument Drive.

At the top of the ramp, turn left.

Follow Monument past Fairfax Corners (on your left) and turn left on Government Center Parkway. Wegmans will be in front of you to the left, and there will be a townhouse development to your immediate left.

Follow this road to a 4-way stop sign at Ridge Top Road. Continue straight.

At the traffic light, make a right turn on Waples Mill Road.

At the next intersection, take a left on Lee Highway (Route 29).

Follow Route 29, and stay straight when you come to the intersection with Main Street (Route 236) and Route 50. There will be a Borders on your left, and you will pas Guitar Center and Office Depot on your right as well as a blinds shop.

This road turns into Fairfax Boulevard (Route 50) at this intersection. Continue past a car dealership on your right, a Burker King, etc. to the school on the right (across from a shopping plaza with Panera, H Mart, Petco, etc.)

The parking lot entrance from this road is nearly past the school, as the property is fenced.



The second option (avoiding all highways) would be to use the directions from West Springfield from above to Route 236 (Little River Turnpike).

Instead of turning on Wakefield Chapel Road, however, continue straight into the City of Fairfax. You will pass a light at Prosperity Avenue, Guinea Road, Olley Lane, and Pickett Road. You will be in the city once you're at Pickett, and the name changes to Main Street.

Main Street will continue as Route 236, passing Fair City Mall, Fairfax Square, and a smaller plaza with a Shell Station/7-eleven. You will then pass an office building, and the Farrcroft community on your right. The next couple of blocks can have traffic, but it's generally not too bad -- and is much better than Route 50.

There's a light into the shopping plaza, with TJMaxx, Walgreens, etc. Continue to follow Main Street as it curves to join Old Lee Highway.

After the curve, two lanes can turn left to be on North Street, or the right lane continues to Old Lee Highway. Turn left. The library will be in front of you. The majority of traffic will make the turn, and it's a tight (very tight double left).

Follow North Street down a slight slope to the traffic light. You should now be at the light at University Drive & North with the Old Town Hall on your left, with a parking lot between you and the building. There is an office building on the right, and a collection of restaurants, shops, and offices in front of you on both sides of the road. Pacers is on the corner.

Continue on North Street, crossing over Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) at the next light. The road curves again and rejoins Main Street.

Note: You can stay straight at Walgreens and get here too, but you need to be in the far left lane, and due to light timing, it's faster to take the curves.

You will pass Truro Episcopal Church, and a large office building on your right. The next light is Judical Drive (traffic can sometimes slow here, but it's only two more blocks).

You will pass Keith Drive on your right, and the Fairfax Surgical Center. No light at this intersection.

The next light is Oak Street. Turn right on Oak Street. An apartment complex is on your right, office buildings on the left, and a smaller office building in front of you and to the right.

Follow Oak Street, passing an an American Legion hall and ball fields to a 4-way stop.

At the stop sign, turn right. This short road passes a preschool and immediately enters the back lot at PVI.




On the way home, you can leave PVI via Route 50 east, turn right out of the front lot, or make two rights if leaving via the back lot (stop sign and McDonalds) to head east. You can get on The Beltway to I-66 from Route 50, or just take 50 back to Arlington. Traffic should be a non-issue at that hour, unless the HOT lane bridge work is scheduled during those hours on The Beltway since 50 to 66 can be impacted by that work.
Thank you so much for the directions.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:05 AM
 
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Thank you so much for the directions.
Anytime!

And, there's a workaround to the Main Street/North Street/Main Street issues as well, especially if traffic is bad.

As you pass the small plaza with the 7-11 and two gas stations (on your right), traffic can sometimes build near the Farrcroft community. Instead, you can take the light at Roberts (directly opposite Farrcroft), which is the fourth traffic light after Pickett Road (sequence: Fair City Mall, Whitacre Road, Burke Station Road, Roberts Road).

Follow that to the 4-way stop sign, and make a right on Sager -- it's a diagonal 4-way. Then proceed through two 4-way stops to a traffic light at University.

Turn right on University, and then take the first left (short block) at the traffic light. This is Main Street

Turn left on Main Street, and follow as above to Oak Street. There's very little traffic this way, even on that stretch of University, so it can be faster when traffic is very heavy on Route 236/Main Street.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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Hope your cupcake does great at PVI but I gotta root for them as my DD just graduated from there. Great school!
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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I forgot one light on Route 236, and just realized it. It's a mental block since I have been rear-ended twice at that intersection. LOL

It's Tedrich Boulevard, right after the 7-11 plaza. So the sequence of lights would be from Pickett headed west: 1. Fair City Mall, 2. Whitacre Road, 3. Burke Station Road, 4. Tedrich Boulevard, and 5. Roberts Road.

If using the Roberts workaround, it would be the 5th light.

Good luck with the match.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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If she's taking 66...I don't know why she'd want to all the way out to Monument Dr and back track?

I'd just get off at Nutley St or even Rt 123 and cut over to 29.

From Arlington, maybe even take 29 all the way? Should be going against traffic at that hour....

BTW, the gymnasium and the main parking lot is BEHIND the school....just turn off 29 (Fairfax Blvd) onto Oak Street (McDonalds' on the corner) and go a block and left on Panther Place/Cedar Ave into the parking lot. (from 236, right on Oak, right on Panther Place)

I took a varsity basketball team to Paul VI the other day and we got WHOOPED! LOL
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:54 PM
 
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Hope you give them a good frosting, Cupcake!
Yeah! Let them eat cake!

So how did cupcke do tonight? Hope he pinned, pinned, and pinned again.
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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If she's taking 66...I don't know why she'd want to all the way out to Monument Dr and back track?

I'd just get off at Nutley St or even Rt 123 and cut over to 29.

From Arlington, maybe even take 29 all the way? Should be going against traffic at that hour....

BTW, the gymnasium and the main parking lot is BEHIND the school....just turn off 29 (Fairfax Blvd) onto Oak Street (McDonalds' on the corner) and go a block and left on Panther Place/Cedar Ave into the parking lot. (from 236, right on Oak, right on Panther Place)

I took a varsity basketball team to Paul VI the other day and we got WHOOPED! LOL
Because Monument is an HOV exit and it's faster (IME) than getting stuck on Route 50 westbound. 123 & 50 can be okay, or it can be a pain to get through, all depending upon the day, since 50 is not an easy drive in Fairfax, once you're past the Crab House.

29 is a parking lot in Merrifield, especially with the road construction, otherwise it would not be too bad of a trip, save for all the lights. Afternoons are also prime drive time to the west, which is why 50 is so bad. Without traffic, however, any route would be fine.
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