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Old 04-09-2015, 06:21 AM   #21
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We prefer the 301 route, even with the lights thru Waldorf and all to me a nicer trip.
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:16 AM   #22
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where is your start point in New jersey

I travel from NJ to DC to visit my son, I take 78 to 81 to 83 which hooks up with 695 south around baltimore. No tolls, nice scenic ride but may take a little longer. After all its not about the destination but the ride..
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I've taken I-95 to I-695, across the Key Bridge, back onto I-95, I-495 around DC & on to points south. With all of the construction between DC & Richmond not my 1st choice.

I prefer to take exit 1a off of I-95 in DE & proceed down 301. Even with the lights, it's a more scenic route & it's actually shorter. There's only one toll, on the Chesapeake Bridge (rush hour can be rough).

You can get back onto I-95 at exit 104 in VA.
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I've taken I-95 to I-695, across the Key Bridge, back onto I-95, I-495 around DC & on to points south. With all of the construction between DC & Richmond not my 1st choice.

I prefer to take exit 1a off of I-95 in DE & proceed down 301. Even with the lights, it's a more scenic route & it's actually shorter. There's only one toll, on the Chesapeake Bridge (rush hour can be rough).

You can get back onto I-95 at exit 104 in VA.
Our route choice also but the one toll is at the Nice bridge crossing into Va. the Bay Bridge you pay north bound so they only get you once each way, and even with the lights a better choice, at least for us.
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I travel from NJ to DC to visit my son, I take 78 to 81 to 83 which hooks up with 695 south around baltimore. No tolls, nice scenic ride but may take a little longer. After all its not about the destination but the ride..
Ding Ding!

I was going to suggest this. It's longer than going straight down I95 from NJ but it's a fairly easy tow, not too many hills (the hills on I81 are north of the 81/78 merger, and you'll be past that,) no tolls, no propane restrictions. The other option is to skip 83, continue on 81S into VA, then take I66 east toward D/C, then US17 toward Fredricksburg--that's a real nice road, just a few lights, 4-lane the whole way. That dumps you out onto I95 south of D/C, so you avoid Baltimore and D/C all together. Then its a short trip down 95S to Richmond.
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We prefer the 301 route, even with the lights thru Waldorf and all to me a nicer trip.
There is a Waldorf bypass, that's been open about 5 years now, but it's not signposted as such. North of Waldorf, turn left off US-301 onto Rt 5 South. It's a huge intersection, so you can't miss it. Then go straight on, ignoring further Rt 5 signs. It changes names: Mattawoman Beantown Rd - St. Charles Parkway (the new road) - Rosewick Rd, and it ends at US-301 in La Plata. Turn left there onto US-301 south.
Here's the intersection where you take Rt 5.

When you rejoin US-301 in La Plata, there's a Walmart on the left at the next light, which is a safe place to spend the night. There's also a safe Walmart just across the bridge in VA. Don't stay at the Walmart in Waldorf. It's in a drug-infested area.

I live in La Plata and use the Parkway every day.
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Our route choice also but the one toll is at the Nice bridge crossing into Va. the Bay Bridge you pay north bound so they only get you once each way, and even with the lights a better choice, at least for us.
301 over Nice Bridge then we pick up 17 to Glouster Point Campground and visit Everything south from there. Youroo!!
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301 over Nice Bridge then we pick up 17 to Glouster Point Campground and visit Everything south from there. Youroo!!

I hate the Nice bridge. To each there own- but that one gives me the willies.
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I hate the Nice bridge. To each there own- but that one gives me the willies.
Hey,its Tall,Skinny,and Pricey to Cross what is Not to like? After you cross into Va.there is a (Discount Liquor Store on the Left)! Youroo!!
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There is a Waldorf bypass, that's been open about 5 years now, but it's not signposted as such. North of Waldorf, turn left off US-301 onto Rt 5 South. It's a huge intersection, so you can't miss it. Then go straight on, ignoring further Rt 5 signs. It changes names: Mattawoman Beantown Rd - St. Charles Parkway (the new road) - Rosewick Rd, and it ends at US-301 in La Plata. Turn left there onto US-301 south.
Here's the intersection where you take Rt 5.

When you rejoin US-301 in La Plata, there's a Walmart on the left at the next light, which is a safe place to spend the night. There's also a safe Walmart just across the bridge in VA. Don't stay at the Walmart in Waldorf. It's in a drug-infested area.

I live in La Plata and use the Parkway every day.
Thanks for the bypass info, I thought there was a way around it now you just confirmed it for me, thanks again.
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