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Old 04-09-2024, 12:32 PM   #1
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301 back to 95 or not?

Headed south in a coupler days and have decided to pick up 301 in Delaware to get around Baltimore but are debating if I should head back to 95 in Alexandria or continue on 301 to Richmond

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I would go down US301 coming from your direction. I really try to avoid I95 south from Washington DC to Fredericksburg, VA. There is construction at Fredericksburg for the express lanes, and that seems to always back up where the express lanes merge back to the main lanes. In the last dozen or so trips I have driven that stretch, there has always been an accident which added 30 to 60 minutes.
On US301, you will hit some traffic lights going through Upper Marlboro, around Brandywine, Waldorf, and in La Plata. Depending on the time of day, there could be a fair amount of local traffic.
There is a new 4 lane bridge over the Potomac on US301. After that, it is a pleasant drive down to Richmond, VA
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Old 04-09-2024, 02:27 PM   #3
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IPcamper is pretty accurate. We lived in Waldorf for 14 years. The new bridge into VA is awesome. I would stay on 301 over the bridge into King George VA. Just after you pass Fort Walker (used to be Fort A.P. Hill) in Bowling Green VA you can either turn onto 301 south or continue straight on 207. I would continue straight on 207, and it will take you to 95S about 6 miles north of King's Dominion (well south of the issues that northern VA offers the travelers on 95). If you continue on 301 all the way to 295 ("bypass" around Richmond) you go through a lot of towns with traffic signals and things like that.
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Old 04-09-2024, 06:36 PM   #4
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So the local traffic lights and lower speed limits on 301 sound like a drag. We just want to get there. Williamsburg is the destination
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Old 04-09-2024, 06:43 PM   #5
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So the local traffic lights and lower speed limits on 301 sound like a drag. We just want to get there. Williamsburg is the destination
Turn south at 17 off of 301, then I think a right on 33 thru West Point, that will get you near Williamsburg, watch for signs to make a left off of 33, sorry not sure of correct rod numbers just used to the roads and know where to turn. Good luck.
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Turn south at 17 off of 301, then I think a right on 33 thru West Point, that will get you near Williamsburg, watch for signs to make a left off of 33, sorry not sure of correct rod numbers just used to the roads and know where to turn. Good luck.
Thanks for the input. My question is more about the stretch between Bowie MD and Richmond VA.
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Turn south at 17 off of 301, then I think a right on 33 thru West Point, that will get you near Williamsburg, watch for signs to make a left off of 33, sorry not sure of correct rod numbers just used to the roads and know where to turn. Good luck.
If you're still looking for input, I agree with dlbr.

Did this exact trip (through Bowie, to Williamsburg) twice last year. This is the correct answer (IMO). But then again, I don't really enjoy sitting in stop and go traffic, getting up to speed, just to experience more stop and go. Rinse and repeat.
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Old 04-15-2024, 06:39 PM   #8
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We got to VA yesterday evening. I’ll tell you what NOT to do. Don’t take 95 between Alexandria and Richmond. 5 hours for a 88 mile ride. Just about killed us.
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We got to VA yesterday evening. I’ll tell you what NOT to do. Don’t take 95 between Alexandria and Richmond. 5 hours for a 88 mile ride. Just about killed us.
Funny we were there as well as I went with a friend for a "Road Trip", their truck broke down near Dunn NC so it got left at a repair shop and him and I did a round trip there and back from De with another tow vehicle. Left De at 4 am and was back home by 7pm, decided since last week I took the 301 route I would try 95, heavy thunderstorms caused about an 8 mile back up near Dale then REAL SLOW around 495 on the east side, finally back on 50 it cleared up.
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It never cleared for us. 95 was a parking lot from Alexandria all the way to Richmond It was horrible. Every once in a while it would open up to maybe 35mph. Then right back to a stop.
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It never cleared for us. 95 was a parking lot from Alexandria all the way to Richmond It was horrible. Every once in a while it would open up to maybe 35mph. Then right back to a stop.
Yup, we thought northbound was bad until we got a good look at the south side, would it been any better to jump over to route 1? We saw a long line getting off northbound at 17 but figure they wanted to head west some to like maybe 15
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Old 04-16-2024, 12:35 PM   #12
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I live in Delaware and I now take 301 from Bowie to Richmond almost every time I go that direction. Yes, there are stop lights BUT you avoid that entire DC mess of 95 and it's worth it. I will take it on my motorcycle and towing the camper, every time.
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I live in Delaware and I now take 301 from Bowie to Richmond almost every time I go that direction. Yes, there are stop lights BUT you avoid that entire DC mess of 95 and it's worth it. I will take it on my motorcycle and towing the camper, every time.
We are headed back north tomorrow. Going to do 301 all the way from Richmond to Willmington. We will see how that goes. I know the upper end of 301 from Willmington to Bowie on the way down was pleasant.
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We are headed back north tomorrow. Going to do 301 all the way from Richmond to Willmington. We will see how that goes. I know the upper end of 301 from Willmington to Bowie on the way down was pleasant.
That part is the best part! Just watch out for deer
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Just a little follow up. We drove 301 all the way from Richmond to Willmington DE and I must say it was down right pleasant. We didn’t mind the slow downs to go thru towns. That just added interest.
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Just a little follow up. We drove 301 all the way from Richmond to Willmington DE and I must say it was down right pleasant. We didnít mind the slow downs to go thru towns. That just added interest.
Good choice, so much better than getting around DC and dealing with all the 95 nonsense. Glad you enjoyed it
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So everyone did such a great job helping the OP I'm wondering if someone has some advice for us when in mid-september we will be heading from Gettysburg Farm in Dover PA. to Williamsburg. So wondering if you have advice how to miss 495 and 95 without going a 100 miles out of our way? TIA
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If you are headed to Williamsburg from Delaware I would consider US route 13 to Norfolk. Very little congestion around Dover, DE and Salisbury, MD.
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I can’t tell when you posted so do know if this is timely info for you. I have pulled my RV up and down the east coast from Portsmouth NH to Port St Lucie FL numerous times over the past 3 years and while I can comment on the whole route going south my singular recommendation is to be on 95S when approaching both Baltimore and Washington but take the West bound bypass for both 695 around Baltimore and 495 around Washington.
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So everyone did such a great job helping the OP I'm wondering if someone has some advice for us when in mid-september we will be heading from Gettysburg Farm in Dover PA. to Williamsburg. So wondering if you have advice how to miss 495 and 95 without going a 100 miles out of our way? TIA

You could get over to 81 south to 17 to 95, this would bypass the area you are trying to avoid. According to Google maps about 36 minutes longer
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