Skip to comments.Where I-95 traffic is the absolute worst
Posted on 07/20/2019 12:55:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The traffic jams over the Occoquan are so much worse than on any other part of Interstate 95 in Virginia that they throw off the scale of a review of potential traffic improvements for I-95 from North Carolina to the Potomac River.
Initial analysis ahead of public meetings this week to identify the Virginia trouble spots shows people spend more than 1.2 million hours a year in delays in just the 1-mile southbound stretch over the Occoquan River. The miles leading up to that are only slightly better, regularly slowed to around 30 mph.
Overall, at least 70% of delays are consistent and recurring, state data show, rather than due to crashes. Weekends are frequently as bad as weekdays, with little assurance of how long a trip might take.
In the big picture, southbound travel is generally significantly worse than northbound, but changes like the militarys Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plan have added to reverse commute issues near places such as Fort Belvoir.
The I-95 Corridor Improvement Plan meetings offering an opportunity to highlight other problems that need to be addressed are scheduled Thursday night at South County Middle School in Lorton and next Tuesday at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. The meetings are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is also an online survey.
While the meetings are preliminary, state transportation officials have identified the locations with the most consistent delays, most frequent crashes, and most frequent lane closures due to crashes or other incidents.
There are many, many more problems on the 95 corridor than there are resources to try to address them, even when were focusing on just the top 25% of areas, Virginia Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue said.
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They say that my area has the worst traffic in the nation but once you learn the backroads - all is good!
From 695 and north from Baltimore all the way to the Jersey Turnpike.
That’s the problem with Northern Virginia: there are no back roads. If you think of DC as the center of a circle, I-66 is about 270 degrees W; I-95/US-1 are about 210 degrees SW... There is not a single road heading in-and-out between those two roads. Imagine having to take I-95 from New York to New London, or else go up by way of I-87 to I-90 to I-290/I-395. That’s what it’s like.
... and I should note that at Gainesville, I-66 becomes more like 290 degrees W, and I-95/US-1 becomes more like 170 degrees South at Fredericksburg.
Thanks to radical environmentalists and other lions, they and Clinton killed the Baltimore/Washington by-pass.
That by-pass would be safe and speed up traffic, saving lives, time and resources.
I95 from Florence going up towards where one exits to Raleigh is miserable too.
I like using route 136 in lieu of the Merritt and route 35/100 in lieu of the Saw Mill.
First time ever this past Thursday I had to drive from downtown Alexandria to Manassas at rush hour.
30 miles and it took me 80 minutes
For nightmare traffic the 405 over the Sepulveda Pass retired the prize years ago.
Have you ever driven I-75 going through Atlanta Ga? At rush hour?.. even midnight is rush hour on that interstate.
Construction on OR-97 this week near mile 193. Expect delays.
We use to take 95 from Florence to TV road going to Myrtle Beach. It’s a death trap. Now we skip 95 and Florence and go through the town of Quimby after going through Darlington.
And it’s reading the posts that make me wonder why ANYONE in their right mind would even want to live near a big city like that and put themselves through that EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ALL. THE. TIME.
Rt 50 or even Rt 29 were overlooked and often the best option. That was 20 years ago, so maybe not any more.
Is that the one where the watermelons roll off the back of the farm trucks traveling south?
What about Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville?
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