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Old 03-15-2012, 07:31 AM
 
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I may be accepting a job in Port Townsend, and was curious as to how drivable 101 would be for a commute from Sequim/Port Angeles? Port A seems to have the only private school in the area?
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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I may be accepting a job in Port Townsend, and was curious as to how drivable 101 would be for a commute from Sequim/Port Angeles? Port A seems to have the only private school in the area?
It's drivable. The question is: do you want to make the trek twice a day?

From Port Angeles to Port Townsend you'd be looking at a one-way travel time of about an hour and 10 or 15 minutes to upwards of an hour and a half- depending upon weather, road conditions or traffic. During the winter months you may be slowed by rain, ice or snow. During the summer months you may be slowed by RV's and tourist traffic. I'd recommend driving the speed limit anyway as this stretch of Hwy 101 is heavily patrolled by our friendly neighborhood WSP.

From PA to PT you'll drive east on Hwy 101 and then at Discovery Bay, you'll take the Hwy 20 cut off and drive north to PT. Hwy 20 to PT is a narrow, curvy road as you climb the hillside but then flattens out closer in to PT.

Also keep in mind that Hwy 101 leading to PA/Sequim is really the only route in and out of town. So, if 101 is blocked for whatever reason (truck/car/RV accident, snow etc.) you're stuck.

IMO a 2 hour (or more) round trip back and forth between PA and PT each day would get old fairly quickly.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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It's not a drive that I'll have to make every day. My job consists of 24 hour shifts, so I'll only be making the drive 7 times a month, maybe once or twice more at the most. I've thought about Seqium, but that's almost a 20 mile drive each way to get the rugrat to school every morning...
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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It's not a drive that I'll have to make every day. My job consists of 24 hour shifts, so I'll only be making the drive 7 times a month, maybe once or twice more at the most. I've thought about Seqium, but that's almost a 20 mile drive each way to get the rugrat to school every morning...
Perhaps talk to the other folks at the school to see if there is any sort of parent carpool happening? Taking turns driving the kids might turn 7 trips a month for you in to 2 or 4. Better, particularly given our rising gas prices.

When you interviewed for the job in PT, were you able to make the drive over to PA? If not, I'd make that trek at least once to try it on for size before I committed to doing this. That way you'd be able to decide for sure if it was something you'd want to do week after week, month after month...
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:30 PM
 
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Most has already been covered. Hwy 101 should be expanded to 4 lanes between PA and Sequim by next year and that should help out a lot. I often just take Old Olympic Hwy when in that section of town. The only private school I know of in PA is a religious school. I think there is a private school in Sequim (not sure) out in Dungeness. It is a small 2 room(?) place that looks like a barn behind someone's house with horses around it. I think it is only for elementary aged kids, though.
Hwy 101 is usually always driveable from Port Angeles to the 104 interchange and then 104 from the interchange to Kitsap County.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:53 PM
 
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I live in Port Townsend and I only drive to Sequim about 2 times a month to shop for things I can't buy here, and I find the drive gets old very fast. I wouldn't want to do it 7 times a month, that's for sure.

There's a good private K-6 school in Port Townsend, the Swan School. Don't know what grade level private school you're looking for. Here's their website:

Swan School | About
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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The 101 commute can also cost money if you speed, it's in a special zone where the state patrol cracks down due to the high number of fatal accidents. You might also consider Whidbey Island, with several private schools, and less rain. You can commute by ferry.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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No matter what, the route will take about an 50 minutes to an hour depending on the weather. Sometimes a bit shorter. I have done the drive many times, but it is not something I would want to do daily.
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA
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The drive from Sequim to Port Townsend is breathtaking! I love the drive but I only drive there a few times a month. It takes me about an hour from the east end of Port Angeles. Check out Diamond Point and Gardiner area, both are East of Sequim so you could split the distance between Sequim and Port Townsend. I saw a few homes for sale there. Some are "by owner" so you need to find a local real estate agent and drive around with them. Quite a few homes are not listed on the major real estate sites. Diamond Point is awesome! Be prepared for lots of deer!
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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My husband commutes from PA to Silverdale, which is even farther but you do what you have to do. He has to deal with Hood Canal Bridge, weather that changes on a dime from rain wind snow hail and back but he said the scenery is great and the commute not nearly as bad as where we came from...we lived most of our lives in San Diego, lol! Oh and I agree with previous poster about staying at speed limit, the courthouse in Port Townsend is very pretty, haha!
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