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LA Traffic Delays?

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LA Traffic Delays?

http://goo.gl/maps/oRzAN Best Route San Luis Obispo to Marina Del Rey?

On Friday afternoon, we will be leaving SLO around 1PM (after picnic/wine tasting) with a target of 4:30PM to arrive in Marina Del Rey at the Jamaica Bay Inn.

My thinking is to avoid 405 and drive the preferred scenic coastal route via Malibu. Are there any "guaranteed" backups on the Pacific Coast Highway to suggest going 405 instead? Possibly the PCH is the faster route anyway?

We have a 6PM dinner party at the hotel to attend that evening.

Thanks

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1. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

I'd probably do 101 to highway 1 then in to Santa Monica and on to Marina Del Rey. On a Friday afternoon most traffic on Highway 1 would be headed out of LA instead of in to it. The alternative (101 to 405) is more likely to have more traffic issues. Regardless expect some issues no matter what - it can be slow going from Santa Monica to Marina Del Rey on the surface streets, especially on Lincoln Blvd. (which is Highway 1 in that area) as its the main route between them, but the alternatives won't be any better. On Friday afternoon traffic in LA will be building up by 2PM and will remain heavy until early evening so with a 4:30PM arrival time, there's no avoiding at least some bad traffic spots.

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2. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

Thanks!

The suggested Google map route is 154 in lieu of 101 through Santa Barbara. Switching the guesstimates only adds 2 minutes via 101 vs 154? Are there any other potential traffic issues for these 2 route options? I do like the scenery along 154!

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3. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

SLO to Marina del Rey in 3.5 hours is possible, but with a slim cushion. If you need to get to Marina del Rey by 4:30 PM you should leave SLO at 12:30 PM.

Ultimately, you're giving yourself 5 hours (1PM - 6PM) to do a 3.5 hour drive (without traffic). There won't be traffic problems between SLO and Santa Barbara. That stretch will take about 1:45 hour. Hwy 154 is perhaps more interesting when driving south than is hwy 101 driving south. Its ten-mile shorter distance is offset by the slower speeds on a winding mountain road.

Traffic leaving south from Santa Barbara can get jammed between downtown SB and Carpinteria. Traffic often slows down before 101-405 split around Calabasas,

Sounds like you're a wanderer. Take the PCH - It's a more interesting drive. Exit the 101 at Las Posas Rd to get on Hwy 1. You have a number of options to avoid the 101. Just head makai when you encounter a jam, on streets like Westlake Blvd (23), Kanan, Las Virgenes, or Topanga Cyn Rd.

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4. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

Thanks for the directional insights!

Yes time to fire up the wanderer mobile!

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5. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

Yes there are guaranteed backups on Friday afternoon between Malibu and the marina, especially as you approach Venice and the Marina. But you don't avoid anything by taking the 405 which is also slow-and-go. Leave at 12:45pm if you are able to.

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6. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

my preferred cut off to PCH in Oxnard is Rice Ave.

Just a few stop lights and then you're back onto highway 1 with no traffic until you maybe get stuck behind a slow driver near Pt. Mugu...

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7. Re: LA Traffic Delays?

We took the Los Pasos Road cut-off on a late Friday afternoon and it was really terrific. Wide fast paced BLVD, somewhat scenic through the agricultural fields with no slow traffic until we reached Zuma Beach and beyond to Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey!

Edited: 12 September 2014, 23:10
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