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Old 10-31-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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I never drove to DC on a Friday, how bad 85, 95 is? Google maps says 5 hours, will that be significantly extended?

TIA
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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What time would you be leaving here? That makes a significant difference.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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Considering the catastrophic storm that happened in the NE, I'd say hold off on your plans if possible...I am assuming you are talking about Washington, D.C.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:01 AM
 
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Considering the catastrophic storm that happened in the NE, I'd say hold off on your plans if possible...I am assuming you are talking about Washington, D.C.
DC wasn't that badly affected. If they are continuing on to NY, they'll definitely face some significant traffic delays.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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I have to go to Dulles to pickup a family member from overseas, so I have to gooooo.... The flight will arrive at 7:30pm, and I am planning to leave at 12pm, would that be sufficient?

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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It usually takes me about 4.5 hours from Raleigh to Bethesda, MD. I'd guess about the same since you'll be likely jumping on the Dulles tollroad once you get into the area. The worse it has ever been for me was 6.5 hours, but that was because of issues on 95, not the DC rush hour.

I think you'll be fine leaving at 12, but just know rush hour in the DC area can start early on a Friday (like 2-3pm). I'm not saying you need to leave early; 12 should be give you plenty of time...but once you hit Fredricksburg, VA you will begin to see traffic and conjestion pick up.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Chapelboro
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I have hit worse traffic leaving DC on Friday to come back to the Triangle than I have the other way around. People in DC leaving for a weekend away can really clog up 95. I think going into DC rather than out of it your traffic shouldn't be too bad, but leaving early at 12 sounds like a good idea because you never know when you're going to run into an accident, etc. It usually takes me right about 4.5 hrs to get to Fairfax Co., but it did take me 7.5 hrs to get home from DC when I left on a Friday afternoon in the summer. Lots of DC-ers going to the beach, I guess.

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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I have to go to Dulles to pickup a family member from overseas, so I have to gooooo.... The flight will arrive at 7:30pm, and I am planning to leave at 12pm, would that be sufficient?

TIA
That should be plenty of time...

If you cant make it in 7.5 hours, there would of been some major accident somewhere...and you cant really plan for that. With no traffic, DC is around 4 hrs., 5 hrs with 'normal traffic' and occasional construction, police activity, ect... (From Durham)

But its also taken me 14 hours to drive home from NJ...that includes the 2 hrs sitting at a dead standstill in Maryland while a tractor trailor burned to the ground... so ya never know!!
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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I don't think it will be that bad. I can usually get to my parents house in Fairfax City in 4 hours from my house in NW Raleigh (If I don't stop). It usually takes us 4:15 for a gas/restroom stop for my son an dog. Traffic going North on 95 is not nearly as bad as going south out of DC/NoVA. With that being said, it can sometimes get pretty thick around Fredericksburg through Prince William County. If you leave at 12 noon to drive to Dulles I don't foresee any issues, unless there is an accident and then you're screwed!
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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My brother-in-law lives near Dulles, and we avoid DC entirely by hopping off 95 at VA-234 near Dumfries and heading up through Manassas and Centreville onto 28, right at the entrance to Dulles. Can be a little slow through Manassas, but it avoids most of the DC traffic and limits the amount of time on 95 when you could get stuck in a parking lot. Generally takes us about 4:45 to get from Cary to his house a bit north of Dulles, but we're usually avoiding rush hour.
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