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Old 05-03-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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Moving to GB soon... how bad is a daily commute to Mobile?
Also, what about Fort Walton with beach trafffic on 98 heading back to GB in the evenings?
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:24 PM   #2
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Pensacola to Mobile is at least an hour depending on where you're going, add another 15 minutes or so if you're coming from GB, GB to FWB can vary from 30 - 45 minutes, depending on where in GB and where in FWB. In my opinion the 98 traffic doesn't get BAD BAD until Destin. I used to go Pensacola to Destin a couple times a month and it really wasn't bad. I looked forward to it actually.

I used to have a job where our regional sales office was in Mobile and I had to commute their once a week, on a Monday. I hated that so much that it made Sunday depressing. Just saying, I wouldn't do it again unless someone paid me an obnoxious amount of money. Of course, I don't like to go West of Palafox.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:26 PM   #3
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More specific to you your question about returning from FWB to GB, I don't recall the evenings being bad. Again, once you clear Destin and Okaloosa Island, traffic opens up pretty good. Sometimes Hurlburt would be busy but it wasn't bad. Distance wise, I think GB to FWB is less than 30 miles depending on stop/start position.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:51 PM   #4
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Moving to GB soon... how bad is a daily commute to Mobile?
Also, what about Fort Walton with beach trafffic on 98 heading back to GB in the evenings?
I don't know about the commute from GB to Mobile but the commute from Ft Walton sure does suck during rush hour. During rush hour it usually takes me 45 min to get home from Ft Walton. If there is a wreck it can take me anywhere from 1-4 hours to get home. What's funny is I can get to Ft Walton or drive from Ft Walton in 15 min when the traffic is bare. The hrs that suck are 6-7:30 a.m and 4-6 p.m! Hope this helps!
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Thanks for all the info... much appreciated.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:16 PM   #6
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I commute from Cantonment to Mobile everyday. It takes about an hour and 5 minutes for me to my office. It's not bad if I leave at 5:50 am I get there at 7:00. If I leave closer to 7:00 then sometimes it takes until 8:15 to get there because of increased traffic on the bayway. Coming back at the end of the day is a different story. If I leave my office at 4:55 then I beat most of the traffic through the smaller Bankhead tunnel. If I can't leave by then I wait until 5:30. The traffic is a little better by then. Also before I leave the office for home I check the ALDOT traffic cameras on their website. If it looks like an accident on the bayway I can plan my way around it ahead of time. I would rather be moving than sitting in traffic. Also you will need to plan on spending extra money at Bass Pro Shop in Spanish Fort. It's hard to pass everyday without stopping in on a regular basis!
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:38 PM   #7
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I commute from Gulf Shores to Mobile everyday and it's takes me a hour and 20 minutes. I personally hate the drive and lume mentioned before the tunnels and Bayway can be a real booger bear.
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