Traffic Going Back to D.C.?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Oct 4, 2003
New York
I recently got a job in Alexandria, VA and am back in NY for the weekend. Does anyone know when the traffic gets back going back to the Alexandria/DC on Sundays? I am trying to plan around leaving NY by 5-6 PM, and have absolutely no idea if that is a horrible time to leave or not.



macrumors regular
Jun 20, 2007
Don't know about traffic on the New York end, but the beltway is almost always busy, especially in northern Virginia in the Alexandria. That area of 495 where it meets 95S and 395 is a nightmare due to congestion, constant construction and all the different stuff coming together. It should be a little better since you are leaving so later.


macrumors 68030
Dec 21, 2004
Well, it's always a gamble with the 495. We were driving on it around 10AM today and were stuck in traffic for a while because of an overturned vehicle that shutdown three lanes. It seemed like there were accidents happening all day long today on 495 and 95S that were causing all sorts of congestion problems. This is when GPS and/or old-fashioned maps and finding alternate routes comes in very handy. As soon as you can get it listen to 103.5 FM WTOP. They give traffic reports for the DC area every 10 minutes on the 8's (i.e. 1:08, 1:18, 1:28, etc). That'll at least let you know if there's anything major happening on 495/95S/395.

In your case it might not be so bad since you'll probably be getting to Alexandria around 8-9PM. However, I'm not sure what the roads between NY and VA are going to be like. The tolls might be clogged up still around NY, NJ and DE.


macrumors 65816
Feb 22, 2003
Reston, VA
495 usually isn't too bad on the weekend, especially sunday nights (when no football games are going on). Stay clear of 66 however... as it can be bad randomly...

I know this is a little late, but hope it helped. How did the move go?

Mr. Anderson

Moderator emeritus
Nov 1, 2001
So how did the drive go? I have to say I really don't miss the traffic.

And where did you get a job in Alexandria? Old Town or elsewhere?