View Full Version : Quickest way to Richmond and beyond??
06-30-2005, 06:52 PM
I'm leaving early in the morning (I'm hoping 6am) to go to Savannah- I-95 the whole way.
I used to always go Route 7 to I-81 from Purcellville, but now that I'm in Ashburn, it seems way out of the way. Is it faster to go Toll Road/495/95 or take 28 to Pr. Will Pkwy (3000) or 234 to 95??
I figure if I leave at 6am, I'll miss the worst of beltway traffic, especially since it's a friday before a holiday. BUT, the less I have to drive 95, the better. I've never taken 28 to manassas and then over to 95, so I don't know how slow that could be.
Any thoughts? Thanks!!
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06-30-2005, 06:57 PM
I did that same route last weekend, PR. WILL PKWY was so crowded, and they are down to 1 lanes for construction. I would go 7100 to 95. Lots of lights, but at least no construction.
06-30-2005, 07:06 PM
you might want to try 7100 to 123S, through Lorton to 95S
06-30-2005, 07:20 PM
When we go to Myrtle Beach we take Rt 15South to Route 29 (below Gainesville) Southj on 29 to I think it's Rt 3. I cant remember exactly. Then take that towards Fredricksburg and the onto 95 South. Avoids all the NOVA traffic mess.
Take 50 to 15. Stay on 15 to 17, then 17 to 95. You'll come out on the south side of Fredericksburg. We went to Richmond that way last weekend, meeting some friends who came straight down 95 from the Fairfax County Parkway, and even with a couple of stops, we still beat her there by about an hour. She was stuck in traffic all the way to Fredericksburg, but we only had deal with it for a couple of minutes, until we crossed the Rappahannock River. It's also a prettier drive - lots of horse farms. Good luck!
06-30-2005, 09:54 PM
I agree with cjfj -- that's the route we take to skirt the metro wash nonsense.
06-30-2005, 10:06 PM
I just went that direction last week and here's what I did: Belmont Ridge to Evergreen Mills to Gum Springs. Take Gum Springs all the way to Rt. 234 (it T's there - turn left). You can either take 234 all the way to I-95 (stop lights through Manassas) or you can get on I66 West, go 1 exit and get off at the Pr Willm Pkwy. When I took PWPkwy, it was last Tuesday around 1:30pm and I had no construction delays. My parents did the Rt. 17 & 15 trip several weeks ago and were delayed by construction on Rt. 15 - that was late morning on a Friday.
Take 659 to Brambleton, right on Ryan Road, cross over Evergreen Mills, continue on dirt road till it dead ends, take a right, follow dirt road until it dead ends, take a left. Follow it till it dead ends at Rt 50, you will be right in front of the Mt Zion Church, take a right, follow it to Gilberts Corner, take left onto 15, follow 15 across 66 through Nokesville, eventually you will get to 29, take a right and then turn left on to 17, follow 17 to 95.
Of course this all would be quicker, if we could get Supervisor Waters to accept the road improvement proffer to 659 offered by BRMC. See if you can do something about that DC :)
07-01-2005, 08:08 AM
As long are you keeping the dirt roads... it's nice to see that there's still some country out there that developers haven't savaged!
afgm, I think cjfj already described the route you mentioned, minus getting to rt50 (and the politics) =)
07-01-2005, 08:09 AM
Oh good grief ... [|)]
Resident since 1999
07-01-2005, 11:50 AM
Boomer, cjfj gave the direct route on 659. AFGM adds a somewhat as-the-crow-flies detour through Watson to Mt. Zion on 50. Don't know how much faster the dirt roads are, particularly if they see the kind of traffic our local dirt roads (like Braddock, still printed hopefully as a thick red line by each year's new ADC, where you can YES be passed if you are only 10 mi over the limit).
Is this to somehow imply that A) the BRMC road proffer will address the dirt road situation?, B) that Ms. Waters' opinion of dirt roads in Dulles is crucial to proffer improvements that will improve access to Brambleton?, and C) that any of that is pertinent to holiday beach traffic?
Hope everyone has a great happy holiday and a safe trip there and back, wherever you're going.
Happy Fourth, all!
Barbara Munsey, from South Riding.
07-01-2005, 02:00 PM
I don't think she was referring to the dirt roads, just belmont ridge...
have a great weekend everyone!
07-06-2005, 09:20 AM
Thanks for all the ideas.
I ended up just going Toll Road/Beltway/95 south. It was at 6am and there was no backup at all. Traffic was heavy and people drive like nuts (as always) b/t DC and Richmond, but I made it to 295 in Richmond in 90 minutes- the NC border in just over 2 hours, I think... There were cops everywhere in Richmond, but they don't mind you going 75... =) Thank goodness my wife was asleep.
I may try the other routes mentioned (specifically Gum Springs/234/Pr Wlm Pkwy) in the future, especially if I don't leave so early.
afgm- I can't comment on BRMC. Nice try, though... =D
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