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Seneca Valley HT and US Open traffic - Suggestions?

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  • Seneca Valley HT and US Open traffic - Suggestions?

    I'm heading up to Seneca on Saturday and usually take 95 to 495 to River Rd from Stafford County. My dad informed me that the US Open would be on River Rd as well (and he scored tickets for Thursday and is so excited!), but we're not familiar with the area.

    I know there's a way to get to Seneca from Point of Rocks, but not the specifics. We've taken the ferry once before after I competed and will never do that again (weekend, an hour long wait and really hot).

    So can any locals advise? Does anyone know where Congressional Country Club is in relation to Seneca? Will that traffic affect the event? We need to make a decision the night before because it takes an hour and a half the normal way and will likely take over two hours going to Point of Rocks. Thanks for any info!
    Lindsay

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    Congressional is right on River Road; the first part of that drive will be miserable. Luckily, there are lots of other ways to get there. Depending on which direction you are coming from, you could approach from the other end of Partnership Road, via Rt. 28 -- seriously, there are a bunch of different exits off I-270 that will get you there.
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    • #3
      I would avoid 495 and 270 AT ALL COSTS. I live a few miles away from Bittersweet Field (and Congressional), and the traffic around here is THICK (WAY thicker than normal). 270 is busy, River Rd. is busy, I don't even want to think what 495 must be like.

      Your best bet (if you aren't going to take the ferry...don't blame you. Pretty weekends SUCK to try to take the ferry), is to go 15N over Point of Rocks. After the bridge you turn immediately right onto 28. Stay on 28 for quite awhile (don't ask mileage)- at some point you will have to turn right to continue on 28 (very clearly marked). Once you get closer to Poolesville you have two choices...I don't know which one is quicker or better.

      Choice A: Turn right at the light for 109. Follow 109 for a couple of miles until you get to a 4 way stop sign (downtown Poolesville). Turn left onto 107. Follow 107 through town, then hang a right onto Partnership Rd. Bittersweet Field is a couple of miles on the left.

      Choice B: Stay on 28 past 109 and go a few more miles to the light at 112/Seneca Rd (there is a grocery store on the left hand side, a small shopping center on one right hand corner- the Surrey is in there!-, and a Shell station on the other right hand corner). Take a right and follow Seneca Rd. for a few miles (at some point you'll probably start to recognize things). Stay on that road (which will have turned into River) until you hit Partnership on the right...Bittersweet is almost immediately on the right.

      Good luck!
      Amanda

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      • #4
        The reason I say to avoid 270 is that they are doing off site parking at several major locations in MoCo...all of which are right off of 270 (and several of which are reasonable exits to get to Poolesville). Avoiding the highways is best.
        Amanda

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        • #5
          piaffe, I've used the ways yb describes (most recently, getting to Rubicon in rush hour from Waredaca -- different front end but still 28 to Point of Rocks). Think this is a very good idea.

          I'm not sure either which of her ways is better, but I'd look at a map and pick the one that seems to make sense in your head best, so it's less to process.

          You come over the bridge on 15 and turn right at the light right at the end of the bridge to get onto 28.
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          • #6
            I heard on the radio that they are having people park at Dulles airport and take a shuttle. Rt 15 may be busy too.
            Janet

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            • Original Poster

              #7
              Thanks for the suggestions. We looked at a map last night and were thinking about going to 270 and taking 28. YB, have the highways been busy during the day this week?

              If I went to Point of Rocks to 28, is that the same way to get to Loch Moy? I know we turn there, then follow 28, then we turn right to follow 28 and then onto Park Mills Rd. Would I be passing the turn for Park Mills to get to Seneca?

              I think I'll Mapquest Loch Moy to Seneca and see how long that takes.

              Edited to add that Seneca just updated their website with suggestions.
              Lindsay

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              • #8
                yes, lindsay, that's exactly it -- just like Loch Moy except you don't turn onto Park Mills but follow the rest of yb's directions.
                I would stay off 270 if I were you, if that is where the bulk of the Open traffic will be..
                The big man -- my lost prince

                The little brother, now my main man

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                • #9
                  TrAFFIC will be a nightmare pretty much until you get to Potomac Village - they should dissipate some.. Congressional is about 3 miles from 495 River Road Exit and about 15 miles from Bittersweet Field

                  Point of Rocks/Whites Ferry - is off 15 in VA. I would avoid the Ferry too - the weather looks good for the weekend so that = long waits at the ferry. Point of Rocks is about 10 -15 minutes further along Rt 15. In the past lots of the off-site parking was near Montgomery Mall which would be the Fernwood Road/Democracy Blvd exits off 270. I

                  IF you took Point of Rocks once you hit 28 you would turn Right (Park Mills would be to the left) Stay on 28 - there are some back roads you could take - depending on your rig probably best to avoid.. So 28 to Seneca Road =- Turn RIGHT at the Harris Teeter/Shell Station - stay on Seneca to Parnership


                  the other option would be do to as you said 270 to Rt 28 and take exit towards Darnestown - Stay on 28 for several miles - you'll be in a fairly residential type area for about 3-5 miles then turn LEFT onto Seneca Rd - at the harris Teeter/Shell Station Stay on Seneca (you'll pass River Road on left - T -intersection) until you get to Partnership..on the right
                  Last edited by gottagrey; Jun. 15, 2011, 12:49 PM.

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                  • #10
                    WOW! Thank goodness I looked at this thread

                    Whew!, and UGH!

                    I have a student riding first thing in the morning on Sunday, I'll be meeting her there. (I'm going to forward this thread to her.)

                    Thanks pp (or more specifically, your dad) for bringing this to everyone's attention (and to yb for the directions )
                    "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                    "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      Sounds like we'll be going to Point of Rocks then to 28. We just have a two horse tag a long, so windy roads aren't an issue. It just sucks because it will probably add another hour to our trip
                      Lindsay

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                      • #12
                        Just to remind anyone still considering 270 from the VA side...you still have to take 495 to get to 270 (which is hell anyway)...and you'll have to go right past the River Rd. exit. I would avoid any of this at all costs.
                        Amanda

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                        • #13
                          I was just going to take 495 to Clara Barton Parkway to Falls Road, which what I did in previous years during the US Open... not ideal, but better than driving 10 miles out of the way.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the info everyone.
                            I love a good leave-the-house-at-4:30 kind of day, but it beats missing dressage!
                            I am in VA too, so will try the 15-up, 28-down approach.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FrittSkritt View Post
                              I was just going to take 495 to Clara Barton Parkway to Falls Road, which what I did in previous years during the US Open... not ideal, but better than driving 10 miles out of the way.
                              Fritt--do you think this route would save me time if I'm coming from home (Fairfax)?
                              "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                              "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                              • #16
                                If you're taking the beltway, then definitely. The majority of traffic on River Road will be from the exit off 495 to west of Bradley Blvd (e.g., near the school) since they do offsite parking west of that intersection. It's a little longer mileage-wise than the direct route from River Road, but I never had issues with it before. Bonus: you can stop at Sprinkles, the ice cream store at the intersection of Falls Road and River Road. They have delicious low-fat vanilla yogurt... but I get not-so-low-fat toppings mixed in.
                                Road to the T3D
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                                fri [fri:] fritt fria (adj): Free
                                skritt [skrit:] skritten (noun): Walk

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by FrittSkritt View Post
                                  If you're taking the beltway, then definitely. The majority of traffic on River Road will be from the exit off 495 to west of Bradley Blvd (e.g., near the school) since they do offsite parking west of that intersection. It's a little longer mileage-wise than the direct route from River Road, but I never had issues with it before. Bonus: you can stop at Sprinkles, the ice cream store at the intersection of Falls Road and River Road. They have delicious low-fat vanilla yogurt... but I get not-so-low-fat toppings mixed in.
                                  Thanks! I will need to look at a map and compare mileages. LOL, as for the stop at Sprinkles, alas, not going to happen this Sunday--I will *surely* be running late (or at least with "no time to spare") on the way there in the AM to coach (not that they will even be open at 7:30 AM ), and on the way back, will not have time to waste since we are planning to go down and visit my parents for Father's Day. Drat!

                                  I am hoping that the Saturday competitors will weigh in with their experiences; this will give we Sunday folks a better idea of how much extra time we need to allow...
                                  "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

                                  "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")

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                                  • #18
                                    UPDATE: I commute from Tysons Corner to home on the other side of Potomac - today it was a NIGHTMARE. Rain didn't help. Frittskitt - I wouldn't recommend Clara Barton/MacArthur Route either - that's the way I came home tonight and was log jammed from just above Old Angler's Inn all the up to Falls Road. They had traffic cops directing & I think they let 4 cars go at a time. What is normally a 5-10 minute drive was about 45 minutes!

                                    I hate to say it but for anyone coming over from VA either stay on 270 to 28 OR go Point of Rocks...

                                    Ditto for the way home = and don't forget some bike clubs love these MD roads too

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                                    • #19
                                      Do you guys think it will be bad even early? Like, before 7:00?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Beam Me Up View Post
                                        Do you guys think it will be bad even early? Like, before 7:00?
                                        Yes. It will get horrendous pretty quickly.
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