Slicing Through a Knot of Snarled Traffic With a Swift Cut

By Ron Shaffer
Thursday, July 28, 2005

I am a federal employee who lives in Silver Spring and works at Dulles International Airport. I leave work every day at 5:30 p.m. Sometimes I go to the gym after work and get on the Capital Beltway between 7 and 7:30 p.m. The problem, of course, is how crowded the Beltway is at that time and location. Right after the Dulles Toll Road Plaza is the worst. Are there any other routes I can take?

Sachin Vaidya

Silver Spring

My condolences. A new bridge across the Potomac River that would connect Dulles Airport with Interstate 270 would help, but neither state seems to want that now.

Try this: Outbound on the Dulles Toll Road, exit at Reston Parkway. Turn left onto the parkway. Go about one mile to a right turn onto Baron Cameron Avenue. Go about three miles to a right turn onto Route 193 (Georgetown Pike). Follow that road to the Beltway.

You bypass the construction mess at the toll road and the Beltway, most of the toll road and several miles of Beltway traffic, since you would enter the Beltway close to the American Legion Bridge.

Route 193 is a two-lane road, quite scenic and not nearly as heavily traveled as the toll road. Let me know how that works.

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