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Jan 9th, 2009, 07:15 AM
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Washington DC/Arlington/Baltimore Dirctions From NY

Hi, I need a little instruction. I am traveling to Arlington Virginia/Washington DC areas from New York in a few days and want to avoid the tunnel since I am a claustrophobic. In the past someone kind on this forum told me how to do this when I was heading to Baltimore by taking the streets at a point and that worked out nicely. My father says that to go to Washington DC/Arlington areas I must take the same route as I did for Baltimore, but go further - So I am asking again where do I get off the highway to avoid the tunnel and take the streets to Baltimore - then get back on the highway to continue my trip to Arlington? Thank you if you can help. I have forgotten how I did this the last time since it was years ago. : ) Dezie
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Jan 9th, 2009, 07:20 AM
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I have to avoid the tunnel through Baltimore because I'm driving an RV and the tunnel doesn't permit the propane tanks. I just take Route 695 around the city, rather than messing with surface roads. You can go either way on 695; I prefer to go west, via Towson.
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Jan 9th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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If you haven't driven through the Fort McHenry Tunnel (I95), you might want to give it a try. It might be the least claustrophobic tunnel you'll ever see. It's wide, well lit, and pretty short (under two miles).
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Jan 9th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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I'd go east on I-695 over the Key Bridge. It's shorter and traffic on the west side on I-695 can be fairly heavy. But you have to pay toll on the bridge.
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Jan 11th, 2009, 01:08 AM
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Thank you so very much. I recall that there was an exit number somewhere before the tunnel that I was able to get off on and take the streets from the last time - can't recall the number though. I will certainly take your advice about the I-695. Sadly for me, even the prospect of a wide tunnel will make me anxious my whole journey so avoiding it altogether will help me to relax. All the Best to each of you. Dezie
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Jan 11th, 2009, 01:38 AM
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When you reach 695, get off 95 and go toward Essex to take Key Bridge; or go toward Towson to go in the other direction. Listen to traffic info to decide which way to go-Baltimore has an XM radio traffic/weather site. Local station is either 1070 or 1090 AM-can't recall which.

Then pick up 95 again on the other side of the beltway.

Also, avoid 895 as that is a tunnel thruway. Good luck!
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