QUOTE(Stan47 @ Sep 21 2007, 12:55 PM)
We're planning a trip to the Outer Banks, leaving from Baltimore.
Haven't been down there in a few years, and I'm a little out of touch with road conditions along the way.
By the map, it appears shorter to take US 17 out of Fredericksburg down to Hampton Roads, compared with continuing on I-95 and around Richmond.
For the life of me, I can't remember if we've ever driven that route, though.
Any thoughts or observations? Is the local traffic on highway 17 bad enough to warrant the extra distance on the super-slab?
We were just there two weeks ago and we took I-95/295/64 down and other than the sporadic construction taking place it was rather smooth sailing, but I did notice more construction taking place northbound and decided on the way home to go 17 and it was longer but not a lot of traffic and was more scenic. The local traffic on 17 doesn't get bad until you cross over the York River and until you merge onto I64...the Hampton/Portsmouth/Norfolk is a mess as usual traffic wise so it's a toss up as to which way you want to go through there...either 664 or 64 are both fairly well congested.
Hope you have a great time!