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Old 12-11-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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Hwy 17 from I 81 to I 95 south

Can anybody tell me what I 17 is like now.When I took it 5 years ago it was 2 lanes , that went thru small towns.I nomally go down to I 64 to get to I 95 south It seemed longer?Which is faster.We are driving a SUV.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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The only advantage Hwy 17 has is it is a little shorter distance to go that way. Bypass around Warrenton but otherwise still 2 lane until you get close to Fredricksburg. Going this way also drops you onto I-95 sooner then you have to put up with all the mental midgets sooner.
We used to run 17 every year but now go down to I-64. Better roads, better drivers.
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:18 PM   #3
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I use 17 from Winchester to Fredericksburg. I have use this route many, many times. Beautiful drive through VA horse country.

The total distance from Winchester to Fredericksburg is 75 miles. Of that 75 miles 8 is 2 lanes.

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Old 12-12-2009, 06:21 PM   #4
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Took that route 3 or 4 times in the last year going from NJ to FL. WAY better than fighting DC, Baltimore and Philly traffic and construction.

If you're going southbound, watch for the left hand turn in Opal. Other than that, it is an easy drive.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:19 AM   #5
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I usually run I66 to US17 to avoid the twisty part of US17, which is posted no big trucks
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Originally Posted by Joe O'Melia View Post
I usually run I66 to US17 to avoid the twisty part of US17, which is posted no big trucks
That's us too. 81, 66, 17, 95, Florida's turnpike, 1 then there is no more road

If I remember correctly the one time we did take the twisty part of 17 there was a RR crossing that would jar your teeth.
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If I remember correctly the one time we did take the twisty part of 17 there was a RR crossing that would jar your teeth.
Yeah, that RR crossing was a pain, but it has been fixed and is much better now.
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We did 17 all the way down to Savannah and really enjoyed the drive. We were not in a hurry, and in general the drive was very good. Stopped in a lot of small towns, and enjoyed the local attractions and people. MUCH better than any of the Interstates. I would rather drive good two lanes than dodge trucks on the interstates.
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