This was an interesting day of travel. Another one of those moments where we cannot control everything or anything for that matter.
We experienced an hour and half 6-mile backup in Virginia for West Virginia’s roadwork that isn’t even happening on the weekend and cones in Virginia in preparation for West Virginia is roadwork? And one lane —it was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.
Apparently they have to back up so far down the road purposely so that they can let the tunnel run freely so they purposely back you up and only let so many cars at a time through the tunnel. Still with that explanation I was confused about the math behind the backup location.
We were warned while at the Virginia Welcome Center but here was the thought process. The scenic alt route was 20 extra miles but 40 extra minutes. The alt route you did was 47 extra miles. At the time we decided not to get off the alt route the backup was 40 minutes so either alt route was a wash. Issue...some idiot got in an accident added 20 min. Ultimately the backup took us an extra 20 minutes over either alt route. I used a timer and everything. When it came down do it though all that waiting was for NO construction on the weekend and they are only paving no adding a lane or anything. Seems extreme. And with all that said, we took an alt route in Savannah that ended up adding more than 30-45 minutes to our trip cause the alt route couldn't handle the extra traffic. Decided to chance it this time.
On the other side of the backup we finally found a Welcome Center with a gift shop so we got some souvenirs and found a happy rock.