I'm driving to Florida & was wondering how bad the traffic is on a Saturday morning b/n 830-930.
I was south on 95 this past saturday morning and traffic was brutal. It stopped about Dale City and I thought it would just be bad until we got past the HOV merge, but I was wrong. It was bumper to bumper stop and go (mostly stop) all the way to around the AP Hill exit. Then it stopped again near the 95/295 Richmond split. What normally takes 1hr took about 2.5. It was not fun.
I thought saturday would be better since everyone would leave on Friday. I guess I was wrong.
The beginning of a extended holiday weekend is always the worst, same here in Belgium.
What I did my last stay in VA, was change my gps to no highways. And believe me I got there just as fast (probably faster since I-95 N was stuck) then using the highway.
Of course if you have a long ride ahead of you, staying on the highway may be a better option.
Sun could you suggest a route for me to bypass it. I'll be leaving on a regular weekend not a holiday weekend. I've seen some suggestions but not really clear since I'm not from the area or they just weren't specific or just direct me to where I could get a better description.
I used to google maps & moved the route outline around to some other roads but I don't know what they are or if it's something I should do.
I think if you can be south of woodbridge by 8am, you should be ok or in better shape before traffic builds. The only real option is to get off on Rt 1. Then you are red light to red light which really isn't any better. You might expect to hit traffice around dumfries where HOV ends because you basically have 6 lanes merging to 4. Other than volume which I encountered this past weekend, you really shouldn't be slowed. The other place you will get slowed is south of richmond where the by pass comes back to 95. There you have 6 lanes that go to two. Once you get past there barring any accidents you should be moving with the occasional slow down near the cities along the way until you get to around Savannah which you should be near around 4-5pm. Then you will be ok until you get to Jacksonville.
I have made that drive more times than I like to admit. Remember gas is the cheapest around Fredricksburg in VA, in SC south of florence, and in ga south of Savannah. NC is expensive for the most part.
Wow thanks for the gas info that's always helpful.
And so you're saying to basically drive down I-95 & don't try to make alt routes?
I wouldn't try any alt routes. You are also better off taking 295 around Richmond. It is a couple miles shorter than going through the city and typically less traffic. Also, don't stop at South of the border unless you absolutely have to. It is tacky and there is nothing there, and what is there is expensive.
Sorry, another question... since you've made this trip many times maybe you can help with one more dilemma. I was originally planning to drive straight through but plans have changed.
I was thinking of stopping in Jacksonville Fl. I know there are places off 95 to stay for cheap but I just want to make sure there are stops off the interstate when I get to this area.Edited: 06 June 2010, 05:37
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