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#81 User is offline   GoBucs21 

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:00 AM

Because of the overflow from 95 South, it took me one hour to get 8 miles on Route 1 south on Friday afternoon.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 09:50 AM

View PostGoBucs21, on 14 June 2015 - 08:00 AM, said:

Because of the overflow from 95 South, it took me one hour to get 8 miles on Route 1 south on Friday afternoon.

So how far south do I need to hit 95 to avoid all this shit you speak of?
Fredericksburg?
Richmond?
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 10:06 AM

Yeah I need to know too. I'm heading down to Virginia beach next Monday. I'll be leaving here around 9:00 and be in DC around 12:30.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 10:17 AM

View PostUtterly Irredeemable, on 13 June 2015 - 02:18 PM, said:

That never happens.

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I have flown in and out of Philly three times in the last 14 months (I admittedly don't fly often) and haven't had an issue yet.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 10:26 AM

View Postmzimmerman81, on 15 June 2015 - 10:17 AM, said:

I have flown in and out of Philly three times in the last 14 months (I admittedly don't fly often) and haven't had an issue yet.

yeah, you probably wont have an issue when you're wearing an unaccompanied minor badge and all the employees think you're 11
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 12:26 PM

View Posthir51, on 15 June 2015 - 09:50 AM, said:

So how far south do I need to hit 95 to avoid all this shit you speak of?
Fredericksburg?
Richmond?


Richmond is safest. 95S leading out of DC always sucks on Friday afternoons, throw in the summer beach traffic and yeah, 8 miles in an hour isn't unusual. US1 can't handle its normal volume anyway (the traffic lights aren't designed well). The problem is 95S loses a lane about 3 miles out of the DC beltway, and then another crossing the Occoquan River 10 miles out. These lane losses set the stage, and the Friday traffic sets the stage on fire.

Edit. Fredicksburg serves as another pressure point on I95, which is why I said Richmond.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 12:31 PM

View Postjcharding, on 15 June 2015 - 12:26 PM, said:

Richmond is safest. 95S leading out of DC always sucks on Friday afternoons, throw in the summer beach traffic and yeah, 8 miles in an hour isn't unusual. US1 can't handle its normal volume anyway (the traffic lights aren't designed well). The problem is 95S loses a lane about 3 miles out of the DC beltway, and then another crossing the Occoquan River 10 miles out. These lane losses set the stage, and the Friday traffic sets the stage on fire.


I'd be in Fredericksburg around 4pm-4:30pm Friday afternoon.
I'll play it safe and head down through Culpeper and hit 64 in Richmond.
Headed to Chesapeake for the overnight before heading into OBX early Saturday.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 03:55 PM

View Posthir51, on 15 June 2015 - 09:50 AM, said:

So how far south do I need to hit 95 to avoid all this shit you speak of?
Fredericksburg?
Richmond?


Richmond on a weekend. Otherwise Fredericksburg.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 04:11 PM

View Postcrosscuttersno1, on 15 June 2015 - 10:06 AM, said:

Yeah I need to know too. I'm heading down to Virginia beach next Monday. I'll be leaving here around 9:00 and be in DC around 12:30.


If you're going to DC you're not really bypassing DC.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:46 PM

View PostUtterly Irredeemable, on 15 June 2015 - 04:11 PM, said:

If you're going to DC you're not really bypassing DC.

Huh? I don't need to go around DC but don't know of other options really.
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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:46 PM

View Posthir51, on 15 June 2015 - 12:31 PM, said:

I'd be in Fredericksburg around 4pm-4:30pm Friday afternoon.
I'll play it safe and head down through Culpeper and hit 64 in Richmond.
Headed to Chesapeake for the overnight before heading into OBX early Saturday.

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 07:15 AM

View Postjcharding, on 15 June 2015 - 12:26 PM, said:

Richmond is safest. 95S leading out of DC always sucks on Friday afternoons, throw in the summer beach traffic and yeah, 8 miles in an hour isn't unusual. US1 can't handle its normal volume anyway (the traffic lights aren't designed well). The problem is 95S loses a lane about 3 miles out of the DC beltway, and then another crossing the Occoquan River 10 miles out. These lane losses set the stage, and the Friday traffic sets the stage on fire.

Edit. Fredicksburg serves as another pressure point on I95, which is why I said Richmond.

Then you have the HOT/HOV off ramps at Quantico and then Acquia that create merge points that keep traffic slow in the local lanes down to Fredericksburg during the afternoon rush hour. If you are trying to avoid 95 southbound traffic, Richmond is the place.

If you are traveling 95 south Richmond, know you're speed. From mile marker 45 all the way to the NC border is a speed trap. They are generally set to 11 MPH over the posted speed limit.

If you are going to VA Beach this summer, you're fucked. The tunnel is always a choke point but now they are doing construction, in the typical inefficient Virginia way. There will be miles of stacked up traffic on both sides of the tunnel all summer long.
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 07:20 AM

View Postcrosscuttersno1, on 15 June 2015 - 10:06 AM, said:

Yeah I need to know too. I'm heading down to Virginia beach next Monday. I'll be leaving here around 9:00 and be in DC around 12:30.

Get an EZPass or a FlexPass if you are using 95. Use the HOT/HOV lanes to Quantico (not to Acquia). I just got back from VA Beach last night. 64 and 264 are a mess with construction. The tunnel is a bigger disaster than it usually is. Traffic backups to the tunnel can be 3-5 miles. Hit the tunnels late at night or early in the morning to miss the biggest messes.
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 07:21 AM

View Postcrosscuttersno1, on 15 June 2015 - 06:46 PM, said:

Huh? I don't need to go around DC but don't know of other options really.

If you are coming from the eastern half of Pa, there really aren't options.
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 07:24 AM

If the Hampton Roads Tunnel is that bad, split off on 664 and then cut through Norfolk on the highway (I think it is I-164 but I don't recall for certain). There's basically a beltway around Norfolk and while it's a bit longer, it's better then sitting in traffic for 5 miles.
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 09:16 AM

View PostUtterly Irredeemable, on 16 June 2015 - 07:24 AM, said:

If the Hampton Roads Tunnel is that bad, split off on 664 and then cut through Norfolk on the highway (I think it is I-164 but I don't recall for certain). There's basically a beltway around Norfolk and while it's a bit longer, it's better then sitting in traffic for 5 miles.

We go this way to obx just to avoid the tunnel.
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Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:03 PM

View Postcrosscuttersno1, on 16 June 2015 - 09:16 AM, said:

We go this way to obx just to avoid the tunnel.

You and every high priced free agent. They really hate tunnels.
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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:00 AM

Hey Gobucs...the family and I are going to be in Sterling Virginia just north of Dulles Airport for a week long softball tournament. We will arrive on a Monday night and will be looking to do the touristy shit on Tuesday around DC. I figure we need to hit 267 and take that to 66. Is there any rhyme or reason for when we should leave? Or are we pretty much fucked no matter when we do it? Also is there a way we can park somewhere and take public transportation into DC to avoid the bullshit?

Later in the week we hope to meet up with some friends who live in Silver Springs. Any recommendations for restaurants between Sterling and Silver Springs?

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 07:03 AM

View Posttobaccoroad, on 18 June 2015 - 06:00 AM, said:

Hey Gobucs...the family and I are going to be in Sterling Virginia just north of Dulles Airport for a week long softball tournament. We will arrive on a Monday night and will be looking to do the touristy shit on Tuesday around DC. I figure we need to hit 267 and take that to 66. Is there any rhyme or reason for when we should leave? Or are we pretty much fucked no matter when we do it? Also is there a way we can park somewhere and take public transportation into DC to avoid the bullshit?

Later in the week we hope to meet up with some friends who live in Silver Springs. Any recommendations for restaurants between Sterling and Silver Springs?

Thanks for any help.

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I would take the metro. Depending on where your are in relation to Dulles, the Wiehle-Reston (Silver Line) or the Vienna (Orange Line) are probably the closest to you. Whether metro or drive, leave around 9am. If you drive you should miss a lot of the traffic on 66 by then.

The easiest touristy thing to do is the Smithsonian Museums. They are located around the mall and near the major monuments and memorials. The Air and Space museum is the most popular. My favorites are the National Museum of American History and the National Art Gallery. You can spend all day in any one of them. If you want to be outside, walk the mall and see the monuments. My personal favorite is the Korean War Memorial.

Restaurants depend on how far you want to roam from the mall in DC. In DC my wife and I like Taqueria Habanero and the Chophouse. I like the DCity Smokehouse. I've never been there but if you into subs (hoagies for Pittsburgh natives), friends recommend The Deli in Foggy Bottom. If you still want to do the touristy things while eating, there is the Old Ebbit Grill. The food is good and it's the place to be seen. It's only few blocks from the mall. There is also The Hard Rock Cafe. Personally, I don't like it but if you've been to one, you know what you are getting.

I don't get out to Reston or Silver Spring much, so I can't recommend anything out there.
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Posted 18 June 2015 - 11:19 AM

View Posttobaccoroad, on 18 June 2015 - 06:00 AM, said:

Hey Gobucs...the family and I are going to be in Sterling Virginia just north of Dulles Airport for a week long softball tournament. We will arrive on a Monday night and will be looking to do the touristy shit on Tuesday around DC. I figure we need to hit 267 and take that to 66. Is there any rhyme or reason for when we should leave? Or are we pretty much fucked no matter when we do it? Also is there a way we can park somewhere and take public transportation into DC to avoid the bullshit?

Later in the week we hope to meet up with some friends who live in Silver Springs. Any recommendations for restaurants between Sterling and Silver Springs?

Thanks for any help.

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