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Advice on a Southern Getaway

Here's a question from a reader concerning our discussion of long distance driving. She's asking about how to get past Richmond. I've always gone straight through the city on I-95, rather than use I-295 to get around Richmond and Petersburg. The traffic congestion on the direct route never seemed bad enough to merit the diversion. Am I wrong about that?

And I haven't driven through Georgia and Florida in 30 years, not since a friend and I decided it would be a swell idea to drive straight from New York to Fort Lauderdale without stopping. You don't have to tell me that was a bad idea. I knew that after the first 18 hours. But can anyone help our letter-writer with the southern part of this long trip?

Here's the letter:

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Every time you have a discussion on alternative routes north, I hope for the same going south to Florida. Is it faster to drive through Richmond (non-rush) than use the bypass? How does one bypass the major slowdowns often encountered through northern Florida and into Georgia?
Thank you for any insight you might have,
Lynn Kibler
Haymarket

By Robert Thomson  |  November 14, 2006; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Getaway  
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