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Traveling Rt. 95 S. around Washington which way on the belway is best?
I will also be returning on 95N. after vacation should I go the same way?


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Paul, I also live in RI and when I go south I go RT287 to RT78 then down RT81. There are multiple points to get back to RT95 near Richmond, VA or further south. All depends on where your going. This way you avoid NY and DC traffic and RT81 is nice


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You will probably be sorry if you travel 95 with all the tolls and traffic.

Best to use 287/78/83/15/29 back to 95 in Fredericksburg.

We will never do the beltway again after trying it twice.


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Best bet is the inland route around washington and baltimore ,no tunnel and no outer bridge. can not use tunnel anyway if you have propane on board. depending where your going and how far south your headed ,78 81 the inland route through pa and VA is by far the easiest drive.


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IF you take 95S through the Baltimore-Washington area I recommend that you stay to the eastern side of the city (follow 95S) as the Western side has a LOT of construction from the Legion Bridge all the way to the southern 95 spur of the beltway. It is not towing friendly at all as you constantly shift lanes. I would say that you have a limited window to avoid lots of traffic southbound. I would not try to get through the DC belway area after 6am or before 9am and you need to get as far south of DC as you can before 2:30-3pm when the VA 95S becomes a congested nightmare for many miles.


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Follow 95S around the eastern side (Maryland). If you go on the western side (495) you run into all the 270 traffic. Also, the road in that part of northern Virginia is abysmal. Construction and lane changes mixed with pot holes and level changes. Probably the worst piece of road in the area from the 270 spur down to where it rejoins 95.


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I would avoid the Baltimore/DC mess if you can (via I-78, I-81, etc.) but again it depends on your exact destination. We've been through this area twice now in the last three months. We've had good luck taking the Baltimore beltway passing west of the city and the DC beltway passing east of DC. In any case avoid rush hours at all costs.

On both of the recent trips the more severe bottleneck has been I-95 below DC. The stretch from around Lorton south to Fredericksburg is almost always congested, usually because the HOV lanes empty into the left (fast) lanes of I-95. Next thing you know you've got drivers cutting off other drivers and it just bogs down from there.


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LarryJM wrote:

Paul127 wrote:

Traveling Rt. 95 S. around Washington which way on the belway is best?
I will also be returning on 95N. after vacation should I go the same way?


You're getting some good advice on "Just Say No" to I-95/495 anywhere around or near D.C. My recommendation is to take I-81 and pick up US-15 at Harrisburg......

Larry

A slightly different route would be I-81 to I-83 south, then Rt. 581 to Rt. 15. We've had better luck with that than going directly to Rt. 15 from I-81.

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Paul127 wrote:

Traveling Rt. 95 S. around Washington which way on the belway is best?
I will also be returning on 95N. after vacation should I go the same way?


You're getting some good advice on "Just Say No" to I-95/495 anywhere around or near D.C. My recommendation is to take I-81 and pick up US-15 at Harrisburg down to US-29 in Gainsville then south on 29 towards Warrenton and pick up US-17 in Opal, Va and follow that down to I-95 at Fredericksburg. You won't win any races on US-15 or 17, but the drive is nice and scenic at times and saves a ton of mileage over some of the other options and hassles.

I have lived about 10 miles south of Dulles Airport for the last 28 years and that is my escape route to go north or south out of the D.C. Beltway madness.

Larry


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