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Old 03-02-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Hi everyone. I am about to accept a job in Gaithersburg in the near future. A friend and I want to live in downtown Silver Spring. I am wondering, how long would the commute be with traffic? I understand that 270 Northbound will not be bad, but I am worried about 495. Would it be faster to take backroads from Silver Spring to get to 270 and just avoid the beltway? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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If your coming from Downtown SS Try 495 to 270 at least once or twice. but I could not imagine that would be very fast. An alternate route would be to head north on Georgia Ave and then go left on Viers Mill Rd. to 355. Once on 355 you could either hop on 270 via W. Montgomery Ave. or stay there, either road goes to Gaithersburg.

average time: 40mins to 1 Hour or more. All depending on traffic
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:07 AM
 
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The back roads will not be faster than 495 to 270. You may keep moving though when using the back roads.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Don't use 495 from SS to 270 that is the worst part of the Beltway--use backroads.

Cross county roads are Viers Mill, Randolph/Montrose or East West Hwy. I would use GA to Viers Mill like Fissure226 says but try Wooton Pkwy and Tower Oaks to hop on 270N to avoid the Rockville 355 traffic going through the city of Rockville.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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Thanks for your suggestions. Is there anyone on this board that makes this commute everyday that knows how long it takes on average?
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:16 AM
 
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Fissure226 is right on - 40 minutes to an hour.

BUT -- keep in mind traffic in this area is so crazy that you'd have to allow an hour every day ANYWAY -- because what takes you 40 mins one day will take you an hour the next with not warning, or for no rhyme or reason. There's no predicting what you could run into. Back roads do give you a FEW more options, which -- if the main back roads get bad -- everyone ELSE will be using too, anyway.

Gotta love the DC area!
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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40 min to an hour is not accurate. I'd guess 30 to 45. When you get to 270 it's fast and easy because everyone is heading southbound on 270. 495 is the rough part but it isn't as bad as some make it out to be. From Georgia ave to 270 it would take maybe 15-20 minutes,even in heavy traffic. On 270 it would take 10 minutes to get to Gaithersburg exits, then time from exit to workplace. I don't take 495 in the morning but I've gone that way hundreds of times in very heavy traffic.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:12 PM
 
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40 mins to an hour might be a little long your're correct. If I had a job where I absolutely positively HAD to be door-to-door -- in my seat logged on -- or AT WORK, WORKING, at given start time, or I can NOT be late - I personally would allow about 45 mins. But that's just me - depending on where in SS and where in Gaithersburg we're talking about.
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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Just for the sake of comparison, I drove 495 from Georgia Ave to 270 to 370 today. Not much traffic. It took about 15 minutes. That doesn't include time at either end from freeway to end points.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Besides using Georgia Avenue (MD 97) to Viers Mill Road (MD 586) and Frederick Road (MD 355), another alternative would be to use East-West Highway (MD 410) to Jones Bridge Road to Rockville Pike (MD 355) to I-270. I'm unsure how much traffic there would be on Jones Bridge Road west of Connecticut Avenue or on Rockville Pike between Jones Bridge Road and I-270 (the latter of which is not a long distance); National Institutes of Health is not far south of the Rockville Pike/Jones Bridge Road intersection and I suspect some people use Connecticut Avenue from I-495 and Jones Bridge Road to get there.

You might also go north to I-495 via Connecticut Avenue and then west on I-495 to I-270; though you'd need to use the Beltway it would only be for about 1 mile and you'd already be in the right lanes (most people will be heading towards Virginia and be in the left lanes).
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