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 Post subject: DC Beltway
PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:01 am 
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We're thinking of trying a different route down this time, because it could knock an hour off the trip! Only issue is we have to hit the DC Beltway for a ways!! Anyone use the beltway, and if so, is it better to avoid it altogether !!

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:44 am 
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I avoid it at all costs.

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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How about Rt 15 to 234?

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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I come from western Pa. I take 70 to US522 to Winchester Va. then 17 to Fredricksburg Va. avoiding the beltway all together not familiar with 15 or 234.

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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Normally, we take the 81 to 66 to 17 to 95 route! Just thought a new route might be shorter and faster!!

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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It takes me 11 and a half hours from 40 miles north of Pittsburgh to North Myrtle Beach have made it in 11 hours.

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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Usually takes us 16-18 hours, depending on how many stops we make and traffic on 17! We live as far north in New York as you can go, without entering Canada! Takes us 1.5 hours just to get to 81 :smash[1]:

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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This probably isn't applicable to you folks coming down from the Western side, but is an option for anyone approaching Baltimore/DC from 95 and wanting to stay East:


Here's my advice for bypassing Washington via the east:
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Rte 301 South !

When approaching the North part of Baltimore, follow the signs for I-895 South. As 895 ends after ~15 miles, take I-97 South for ~20 miles until it ends at Rte 50. Follow Rte 50 West for ~10 miles to Rte 301 South. All these roads are 65mph (or more) highways.

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Note: Rte 301 has a lot of lights, especially in Maryland where it passes malls and suburban sprawl.... so be prepared and patient. Technically shorter than 95, 301 has stoplights and residential areas which make it about 20 minutes longer than 95 with no traffic (but when does that happen...). Once you're into Virginia, it starts to cruise. Note the Potomac River Br is a toll and a very high/narrow bridge, make sure your driver is not spooked. After Virginia's Fort AP Hill, there will be signs directing you to Rte 95 via Rte 207. Can't miss it.

So... If you are lucky enough to hit 95 South on a clear day, it is faster. However.... if 95 is having it's typically bad day, it will add at least 30+ minutes or potentially much, much more (added 2 hrs to my wife's journey one time). Just a matter of accepting a 30 minute trip delay with 301, or risking 95.

1500AM is a DC News Channel and has frequent traffic reports 24x7, I suggest monitoring it as soon as you get south of Baltimore.

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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Kirk, that's on the wrong side of DC for us, we would be coming in from Harrisburg and passing through Gettysburg!!

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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Looks like you could take 15 down and pick up 17 near Warrenton with a little run on 29 which we do a piece of to that dont look bad at all.

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Well if we want the trip down to be an adventure, we could just flip a coin, or let the GPS guide us :roll: ! My guess is we'll make our final decision as we're heading down to MB! If we don't show up at the meet up, some one come looking for us :ohnoes:

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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If anyone plans on taking my new route down 15 to 234 to 95, for God' sake don't do it :???: ! First part of 15 was great, but after Leesburg, terrible. Worst part was hitting 95 parking lot, all of the way down to Fredricksburg :smash[1]: ! Took 14 hours just to get to Roanoke Rapids, where we spent the night!

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 Post subject: Re: DC Beltway
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Just my two cents worth: we always always always use 81 to 66 to 17 to 95 (then 295 around Richmond) then 95 to 501 to Myrtle Beach. We are coming from Cape Cod so we do the Tappen Zee to 287 to 78 to 81. Have never run into either traffic or any problem. It may be 50 or so miles longer, but we easily do 400 miles a day (we travel with two Maine Coon boys so for them we limit our days to 400 miles on the road). :bellydancer[1]:

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From NY we too were going to try 15 to 234 for something different this spring, was it really that bad below Leesburg? Was it entry to 95 or 95 itself?


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First part of 15 was okay, things slowed down considerably as we got further south! I95 was horrific until we got past Fredricksburg!

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