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Author:  bedabe8 [ Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

I plan on leaving the Thurs evening of 4th of July Weekend. Last year I left on a Friday morning 10 am and spent hours around the Beltway down through Fredericksburg in a parking lot. I hear that there is a way to go across I-84 and down I think I-81 to possibly just south of Fredericksburg. Any help here on the best routes or experiences?

Thanks in advance

Author:  Sun n' Fun [ Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

"Last year I left on a Friday morning 10 am and spent hours around the Beltway down through Fredericksburg in a parking lot."

If you left at 10 am you hit VA just around rush hour I would believe...UGH!


We come from the lower Hudson Valley and we have found through years of driving down, Sundays are the BEST travel days. Though I see 4th of July is on a Sunday this year so that may not work for you. On Sundays traffic is light, trucks on I95 are light, and having an EZPASS is a must!

As far as a shortcut I really don't think going through I84 to PA I81 would save much time. It is a much longer route... Maybe someone else can shed some light on other routes from our area to MB.

Author:  bedabe8 [ Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

The people I am visiting used to live here and now that they're retired are in no rush to get back home when they visit NY. So they say going through the "scenic route" sometimes comes out just as long or possibly shorter depending on the traffic. If it takes me 14 hours and I am moving non-stop or 15-16 IF I hit traffic (12 if not) I'd rather stay moving. I'm just looking for any input I thank you. Hey, if that's my toughest decision to make on the trip I can live with that!

Author:  beaj [ Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

I drive from NW NJ and go out to harriburg... Down 81 to 17... 17 to 95 south of DC.... Fredricksburg....

Some people go as far south as 64 and take that to 288 to 95 south of Richmond....

We find the time to be similar to the strait 95 route but with little risk for traffic.... Nice ride... keep moving... 17 is also a nice break from the interstates...

Author:  Dawne [ Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

84 and 81 around Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will most likely be your biggest problem. The PA state bush is the orange "road construction" sign, and it's everywhere during the summer!! There always seems to be work going on on Route 81 in that area, and sometimes in the Harrisburg area too.

We have done the 81 to 17 to 95 at Fredericksburg route as well as the 81 to 84 to 288 to 95 below Richmond route. We have found that the longer route (to Richmond), while about 50 to 60 miles longer in terms of distance, is often no longer in terms of time. 95 seems to be getting more and more crowded and the last time we got on at Fredericksburg traffic was bumper to bumper nearly to Richmond anyway, and it caused quite a bit of frustration. We'd rather keep moving and go a longer route than be in stop-and-go traffic for hours on end.

Our trips south seem to have become nothing more than a lengthy search for ways to avoid 95. :mrgreen:

Author:  bedabe8 [ Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

Dawne wrote:
Our trips south seem to have become nothing more than a lengthy search for ways to avoid 95. :mrgreen:



You ain't kiddin! LOL. That is the whole point to this post. :lol:

Author:  Dawne [ Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

LOL! We've actually gotten to the point now where we are only on I-95 from where 288 meets back up with it below Richmond to Wilson, NC. One time we even got off at the VA/NC border and took (I think) 301 to Wilson, so we were only on 95 for about 20 miles or so. But then we got confused in Wilson and ended up on the old road rather than the new 795, but we still made it to I-40 okay.

Author:  bedabe8 [ Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

I'm kinda wondering...has anyone ever gone over the chesapeake bay bridge? i was just thinking about it and was wondering if its really out of the way and if it falls under this same theme of avoiding the congested highways. i have come to grips with not making it to myrtle beach in record time since ive never come close so i won't mind going out of my way if it doesn't add hours upon hours to the trek. Thanks!

Author:  Myrtlebeachbum [ Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

Dawne wrote:
The PA state bush is the orange "road construction" sign, and it's everywhere during the summer!!
:lol:

Dawne wrote:
We have done the 81 to 17 to 95 at Fredericksburg route as well as the 81 to 64 to 288 to 95 below Richmond route. We have found that the longer route (to Richmond), while about 50 to 60 miles longer in terms of distance, is often no longer in terms of time. 95 seems to be getting more and more crowded and the last time we got on at Fredericksburg traffic was bumper to bumper nearly to Richmond anyway, and it caused quite a bit of frustration. We'd rather keep moving and go a longer route than be in stop-and-go traffic for hours on end.


I agree here, we took the latter route last year. It was less stressful, and some great views on 64.

Author:  Dede [ Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

Here's a trip report I posted last year about travelling from New York city:

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=10179&hilit=New+york

The New Jersey turnpike, early in the morning, was deserted. Just be careful about directions from a GPS unit, ours insisted in putting us on the trucking section instead of the car-only lanes. Google does the same thing!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 53,,0,0.23



We were traveling at 70mph+ for most of the morning, until we got south of Washington.

Author:  Christine and Bryan [ Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Avoiding NJ Tpk and DC Traffic from Hudson Valley, NY

Hubby and I have been leaving central NJ at 4 AM and are through Wahington DC by 7:30 AM and the stretch of 95 in Virginia hasn't been bad at all at that hour. Just an FYI. :wink:

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