Northern Virginia’s network of roads has been and will continue to be in a state of change for many years. Urban sprawl from Washington, D.C. has led to these significant changes. According to Census data, the combined population of the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William (and independent cities within) make up nearly 27% of Virginia’s population. Although many within the population utilize modes of public transportation, a vast amount remain daily motorists. As the population (and number of motorists) is sure to grow, the physical landscape of the area is sure to change. A number of road projects have either already been completed, are in the process of being built, or are scheduled for groundbreaking in the ensuing months and years.

The purpose of this blog is to inform the public of driving routes that can be utilized in order to bypass delays correlated with route-time, construction, accidents, rubbernecking, and general volume. The reported routes will not guarantee that you will be delay-proof, but they are worth knowing about. After living and driving in Northern Virginia for many years, I have come to terms that there is inevitably nothing neither you nor I can do to be gridlock-free, but being knowledgeable about routes in the area can be that first step to a less stressful commute.

I welcome public input and suggestions for the blog. Please email them to me at smartroutenova@gmail.com.