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Old 08-08-2019, 12:45 PM
 
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Which route is better if driving from Richmond to Norfolk on a Saturday morning? I-64 gets backed up quite often in the summer with beach traffic. Is Route 10 better? Does it get backed up as well?
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:59 PM
 
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64 every time. The delays are annoying but really only add a few minutes. East bound it really only backs up from 295 to just past Bottoms Bridge (merging traffic and construction). It may be congested after there but traffic usually never dips below 60mph. You can avoid the HRBT by taking 664 from Hampton in to Norfolk.


Unless you are coming from the south, in which case 10 is cool.
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Old 08-08-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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Is Route 10 better? Does it get backed up as well?
Route 10 is typically slower than both 64 and 460, but can be the most fulfilling drive if you're lucky with traffic. A "back up" on 10 comprises getting stuck behind a slower vehicle between Hopewell and Smithfield -- Route 10 is two lanes over that stretch. However, you can get around them if you're not shy about making use of the passing zones, which appear often. Of course, that issue doesn't exist with either 64 or 460.

Source: I travel from Chester to Virginia Beach about twice a month, and will freely switch between the three routes depending on time of day, traffic conditions, weather, and mood. However, from that far south, it's closer in terms of travel times between the three than if you start around Chippenham Parkway or points north of the James.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:16 PM
 
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Im starting from midlothian right off of 288. I'll be traveling mid morning Saturday. I envision tunnel traffic & I 64 backups.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:49 PM
 
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Im starting from midlothian right off of 288. I'll be traveling mid morning Saturday. I envision tunnel traffic & I 64 backups.
Well then, 460 and 10 seem to be your best options to avoid that. 460 is ~53 miles of monotony between 295 and the 13/58 bypass, occasionally broken up by having to slow down entering a town, but it's four lanes the whole way (followed by a brisk stretch on 13/58/460 as you approach I-264).

Taking 10 will bring you past slightly better scenery (Hopewell chemical plant notwithstanding) and through interesting curves and a few hills, but again, there's the issue of most of it being two lanes. Here I am assuming that you'd be taking US-258 in Smithfield to US-17 and then VA-164 towards your choice of tunnel to Norfolk; that way, you'd get the views from the US-17 bridges over the Nansemond River and Chuckatuck Creek too.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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better? 10 is better.
faster? depends.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:55 PM
 
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I took 460. It was an easy drive. No traffic backups.
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