I-95 or I-295 around Richmond

Old May 12th, 2012, 07:47 PM
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I-95 or I-295 around Richmond

I will be traveling from Florida to DC on a Sunday and was wondering if I should take I-95 or I-295 around Richmond. I am trying to avoid traffic.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 02:42 AM
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The speed limit on 295 is higher than it is on 95 and the majority of that route is up to 4-lanes wide. You'll probably encounter easier driving if you use 295; it's the stretch of 95 from Richmond to the Beltway, particularly north of Fredericksburg that could be the worst depending on time of day and day of the week.
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If it were mid-morning or so on the Sunday you are driving, I would stay on I95 - anything closer to end of weekend or certainly during the week, I295.

But agree about I95 between DC and Fredericksburg - it is maddening and has no explanation other than traffic volume. Just when you think you are safe from the Baltimore/DC traffic, you hit this mess. (And no reasonable way that I know around it)
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We went through on a Saturday morning and stayed on 95 since there was very little traffic. As stated above...it depends on the time of day.
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Definitely take I295. There is currently a lot of bridge repair and replacement along I95 in the Richmond area. 8 lanes reduced to one in each direction. This is mostly accomplished overnight and is well advertised but it sometimes bleeds over into the weekend.

>>But agree about I95 between DC and Fredericksburg - it is maddening and has no explanation other than traffic volume. Just when you think you are safe from the Baltimore/DC traffic, you hit this mess
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Old May 13th, 2012, 12:37 PM
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There are places on I-95 around Richmond where the speed limit drops even further as I recall.
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