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1st Time Sunday Check-in & Route Traffic Question




Hi all! It's been a short while since I've posted anything on here. But, I still love to read everyone's posts. My husband and I are returning for our third time to the same cottage on East Loon Ct. in South Nags Head. The owners have switched the rental week to Sun-Sun instead of Sat-Sat, with a 4 o'clock check in. We will be driving straight down (no overnight stop this year) from south of Pittsburgh. We are leaving home between 7 & 8 am. So we should arrive at Fredericksburg, VA sometime around noon. How is the traffic there and on 95 around that time on a Sunday? Also, could you tell me how the traffic might be on 64 through Newport News and Hampton Rds Bridge Tunnel? Still trying to figure out which is the best route we should take. We haven't been down since June 2018 and we can't wait to finally have our time to ourselves again.


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Can't provide any info about Sunday traffic in Fredericksburg area. I-64 has some construction from a little west of Williamsburg up to around Busch Gardens. After that, heading east on I-64 is a breeze, they've made it 3 lanes all the way past the Hampton Coliseum. It goes back to 2 lanes just before the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. On a Sunday, traffic east-bound at the HRBT should not be bad barring accidents.

I would say consider taking I-664 south at the Coliseum to the Monitor-Merrimac tunnel but there is some serious construction once you get onto I-64 again.

The Wright Memorial Bridge should not be a problem for you on a Sunday. Good luck!


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Saw your post on Facebook too. On Sunday around noon you may hit a brief slowdown on 95 around the Fred, but nothing significant unless there's a wreck (in which case all bets are off). If you're coming in from U.S. 17, it will be traffic lights and stop and go for a few miles before you get on the highway. Otherwise, expect a brief slowdown around Occoquan (where 95 looses a lane) if you're coming down from the beltway. I-64 has construction around 295 outside of Richmond, and a lane widening project around Williamsburg. You should be okay on Sunday, but again, a crash could change that. Use Waze for backup. Regarding tunnels in the Hampton Roads area, nine times out of ten the Monitor-Merrimack Tunnel (664) is faster than the Hampton Roads tunnel (64), so be sure to follow the sign to the Outer Banks pointing to 664 when you get down to Hampton VA.

Also, you can save $8 in tolls on the 168 Expressway by getting off the second exit of Hillcrest Parkway and hitting the Wawa for a gas and bio break. Then continue south on Battlefield Blvd for a few miles until it reconnects with the Expressway at a stoplight just north of the state line. It's pretty consistently 4 minutes longer if you exclude the stop.


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We drove down from the DC area the Sunday before Memorial Day. Traffic down 95 is nothing like normal times. We left Arlington, VA at 10:30 and hit absolutely no traffic until we hit Rt 12 heading North. I mean absolutely none. 64 was slower than 95 and we did hit the breaks a few times, but no backups whatsover. Normally we would never leave that late but we knew traffic would be light. We got to Corolla around 3:30ish but we did hit quite a bit of traffic (as expected) through Southern Shores and Duck.

Returning the following Sunday we left Corolla around 9 and hit very little traffic.

VA is lifting more restrictions on Friday so there may be some more traffic, but probably much less then a normal summer Sunday.


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I did two MA-to-Corolla roundtrips in May. Best times ever for the 670-mile trips. Nice driving with fewer cars on the road.

Only holdup was large boat in the left lane of the Mass Turnpike on Sunday causing a 6-mile backup of bumper-to-bumper traffic.


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Also, you can save $8 in tolls on the 168 Expressway by getting off the second exit of Hillcrest Parkway and hitting the Wawa for a gas and bio break. Then continue south on Battlefield Blvd for a few miles until it reconnects with the Expressway at a stoplight just north of the state line. It's pretty consistently 4 minutes longer if you exclude the stop.

Brad Z


Thanks for the advice Brad. Yep, that was me on FB, too. We usually stop overnight in Ashland or at my friends' house in Glen Allen. This year because we're being cautious with the covid19, so we're leaving Sun morning instead of Sat. & driving straight through. We usually go 295 to 460 and make our way over to 168. A couple years ago someone mentioned about saving the toll and we did that small detour to avoid it. I now keep that in mind and also relay it to my other family members who travel to the OBX. Last time we were down in 2018, we got our son & his girlfriend to the Wyndham in Fredericksburg around 3:00 and the traffic was maddening. We used a detour to avoid 95 that someone on here recommended to skirt around Fr'burg and take Rt2/301 S through Bowling Green to pick up 259 S. Which I'm familiar with because same friends who live in Glen Allen used to live there. smiley


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