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Old 03-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #1
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So, just for fun we are in the early planning stages for a trip to Norfolk, Va. Our son will be stationed there in July and we're looking at visiting the area. Anyway, I'm using Streets & Trips 2013 to map out a route and have a question for those of you who travel the East Coast regularly. I set up S&T to prefer all roads EXCEPT toll roads, and use that rather than quickest route or shortest route. Going from Bristol, TN to Gloucester, VA (Chesapeake Bay TTN) it routes us along I81 up to I64 and then onto I295 to bypass Richmond. From Richmond it sends us up US360 and then down US17 to our destination. Looking at the map it looks like staying on I64 through Richmond, then taking VA30 east to US17 is a shorter route, and S&T does indicate that the drive time would be about 1/2 hour less.

Is there something about VA30 that makes it less preferred than using US360 and then US17? Are there toll bridges or something? Maybe it's city streets through West Point, VA rather than highway?

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Here's some info I found on Va 30.
Virginia State Route 30 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hopefully someone with local knowledge will chime in.
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Alan_Hepburn - Please excuse my confusion but you mention Bristol, TN as your starting point? If you are going past Knoxville, TN on I-40 I would stay on I-40 to Durham, NC then I-85 to Petersburg and across US 460 to Norfolk.

I would try to avoid Richmond and the whole I-64 corridor to Hampton Roads as July traffic could be real nasty. Busch Gardens, Historic Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach are big weekend getaways that are all off I-64.

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Alan_Hepburn - Please excuse my confusion but you mention Bristol, TN as your starting point? If you are going past Knoxville, TN on I-40 I would stay on I-40 to Durham, NC then I-85 to Petersburg and across US 460 to Norfolk.

I would try to avoid Richmond and the whole I-64 corridor to Hampton Roads as July traffic could be real nasty. Busch Gardens, Historic Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach are big weekend getaways that are all off I-64.

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Thanks - that's the kind of info I'm looking for! Actually, our starting point is San Jose, Ca and we haven't decided if we're going to do a scenic tour either on our way to Norfolk, or on our way home from Norfolk. I'm just in the early stages of looking at routes. I'm hoping to be able to stop in Fayetteville, NC at Ft Bragg - we spent 2 years there when I was a paratrooper and want to check out our old stomping grounds.
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So, just for fun we are in the early planning stages for a trip to Norfolk, Va. Our son will be stationed there in July and we're looking at visiting the area. Anyway, I'm using Streets & Trips 2013 to map out a route and have a question for those of you who travel the East Coast regularly. I set up S&T to prefer all roads EXCEPT toll roads, and use that rather than quickest route or shortest route. Going from Bristol, TN to Gloucester, VA (Chesapeake Bay TTN) it routes us along I81 up to I64 and then onto I295 to bypass Richmond. From Richmond it sends us up US360 and then down US17 to our destination. Looking at the map it looks like staying on I64 through Richmond, then taking VA30 east to US17 is a shorter route, and S&T does indicate that the drive time would be about 1/2 hour less. Is there something about VA30 that makes it less preferred than using US360 and then US17? Are there toll bridges or something? Maybe it's city streets through West Point, VA rather than highway? Thanks!
Last summer we stayed a week at that TTN and we took the Richmond bypass & took 30 over just as you suggest. No problem. There is a Walmart at Staunton, Va that is a great over night stop. Huge under used parking lot.
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