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Old 01-21-2014, 08:35 AM
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I am considering a temporary (6-12 months probably) contract assignment in the area, and considering rooming with a friend in N Raleigh who has ample space during that time.

Can anyone who regularly drives this commute tell me what the typical and worst case travel times are like from the Falls of Neuse Rd. exit to where I-40 starts at around 8:30-9am time frame? Is it fairly consistent or does it vary a lot?

thank you
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:45 AM
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Falls of Neuse to 40 is part of my daily commute. Most days from during peak (7:15am-8:15 ish) Traffic jams up a bit and slows to maybe 30-40mph from Falls to Leesville Rd, and it gets back up close to posted speed after this. As you will be commuting after this timeframe, you should have no issue doing this drive in 20-30 minutes. With 30 being heavy traffic or rain which slows things down. I'd say most days it will be around 15 minutes once you get on to 540.

I know someone who drives from Falls to downtown Durham during this time and they make it in 30 minutes.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:24 AM
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Sometimes 540 from Glenwood to 40 is backed up and it is good to know a few alternate routes
like Alexander Drive..That has saved me many mornings..Traffic normally moves even if it slows but when there is a wreck know your other options.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:29 AM
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RaleighLass nailed it, I make the drive every day and can corroborate her numbers. Plus there are decent back road options available which I almost always take if there's any sort of precipitation.

On the drive home try never to be going eastbound on I-540 between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM, particularly if you're taking the Falls of Neuse exit. If I leave at 5:00 PM (which I never, ever do) it takes nearly 45 minutes to make it home; if I leave at 6:00 PM I'm home in half that time.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:33 AM
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Raleighlass and NYC2RDU have given extremely accurate commute details for that route.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:55 AM
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Thank you so much for the prompt replies and confirmations. This helps tremendously in helping me set arrival time expectations with client. If the proposed living arrangement works out I will tell them I plan to arrive between 9-9:30 just to be safe (as I want to be driving east after the 6pm window mentioned). Hopefully they will appreciate I don't want to contribute to other's traffic problems anymore than I want to create my own.
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