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Old 05-08-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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Hi
This may seem ridiculous but I'm trying to figure out about how long/which route to get from downtown Durham (East Campus neighborhoods) to 8024 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh (past Ebenezer Church Rd, per my instructions)...Mapquest says 22 minutes.
I have a very early morning eight hr exam to become board certified in my field of medicine. A good night's sleep will be essential - I tend to overshoot travel time for fear of a bad commute. I don't typically go to Raleigh at all and have no clue what traffic will be like on a Monday morning (6-8am?) Also, do I take 70 or 40 (which has less traffic?) via 147? Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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If it says, 22 minutes, I would allow a minimum of 45 mins just in case you can't find a parking place, take a wrong turn, etc.

You' be going against most morning traffic, is the good thing, going FROM Durham TO Raleigh. 147 to Alexander Dr. to 70 is my usual way of traveling from downtown Durham to NW Raleigh so I think that would work. I avoid 40 in the mornings any way I can.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Thank you! This is in fact very helpful and I will follow your advice.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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Good luck!!!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Thanks very much.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:35 PM
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Definitely take a 45 minute head start. It's definitely "doable" in about 25 minutes, but you always need to leave room in your schedule for the idiot who causes traffic to back up for miles on the interstate.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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This is the exact opposite of the commute I used to take when I was at Duke. Definitely follow Francois' directions and give yourself 45 minutes, which you likely won't need that early in the morning. However, if you're like most of us taking boards, you'll want to be there early and take a minute to calm yourself before heading in. Plus, there is a bit of paperwork and computer registration/checking in When I took my boards (had to go to St. Augustine's in downtown Raleigh - I would have loved to be that close to my test!), they let me start once I got there even though I was 20 or 30 min early. Good luck!
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