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Back to Work and School, It’s ‘Terrible Tuesday’ For Traffic

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — AAA estimates the average commute during rush hour is 25 percent longer with everybody back from vacation and the kids in school. But there are workarounds that could save a few minutes and maybe your sanity.

CHECK THE ROADS BEFORE YOU GO

VIRGINIA BELTWAY

“I think you’re going to find more traffic between Braddock Road, I-66 and Tysons Corner,” traffic anchor Julie Wright says. Workarounds for that area include the express lanes, the Fairfax County Parkway or Route 234 from I-95 to I-66.

MARYLAND BELTWAY

As for those using the Capital Beltway in Maryland,

The issue is compounded by the sun’s glare, which dips below the visor this time of year, according to traffic anchor Julie Wright. But it is possible to avoid that stretch of I-495.

“The ICC is an option for you, there’s also the combination of Randolph Road if you’re north of the Capital Beltway, or [Route] 410 to East West Highway if you’re south of the Beltway.”

I-270 SOUTH

Those who use I-270 south will see heavy volume out of Frederick and then again near Germantown and all the way to the lane divide, Wright says.

“You have a couple of options. Coming out of Frederick you can always stick with [Route] 355 and use that headed south. Out of Germantown, there’s always the combination of Great Seneca Highway and [Route] 28.”

No matter your route, always check for backups before you leave the house on WNEW.com.

All-News 99.1 WNEW provides Beltway-to-Beltway traffic reports every 5 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check traffic on your route before heading out on the road.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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