There is just no way to avoid I-95 from Alexandria to Fredericksburg. Any other route will take you at least as long as a backed up I-95. If you have an E-ZPass, you can use the HOT lanes south, but if 95 is backed up the HOT lanes will be expensive (although with 3 people in the car you can use the HOV feature of your E-ZPass and ride for free if you have it). Once you're at Fredericksburg, you can get off onto Route 1 and can make 55mph easily all the way down to Ashland.The best thing to do is use the Virginia 511 web site and WTOP radio (103.5) and leave when traffic is comparatively light. Leaving Alexandria, early mornings usually work, and evenings after 8:00-8:30 PM are usually free running.I've written about 460 in another thread. It's slower by about 15-20 minutes, but it's never backed up (once in 12 years I hit a slowdown of about 5 minutes for construction). If you take I-64 instead, listen to your maps app and take whichever bridge tunnel it suggests. There's at least one message board that gives you the time alternatives. Sadly, AM 1680 seems to have gone off the air. That was the best information. and they would tell you when to use an "alternate trout" to the great amusement of all.Coming down 168/158, be sure to follow the "no more than 5 mph over" rule.Again, you'll do best leaving Alexandria before 6:00AM or after 8:00 PM.
Get on 95 and step on it till 295, keep it hammered till 64 or 460
Get on 95 and step on it till 295, keep it hammered till 64 or 460LOL I'm sure you mean "keep it hammered under 80mph."Over 80 is reckless in Virginia, no matter what the speed limit is. So 81 in a 70 zone is reckless.Besides the big fine, if you've really annoyed the state trooper, he/she can take you to a local magistrate and tie you up in court for hours. That doesn't happen as much as it used to, but still . . . I-95 can be heavily speed trapped. 295 not so much. But as you're coming on to 295 from 95, a trap is usually behind a small hill on the left. Meanwhile, the limit has become 65 from the 70 on I-95, so be careful there. 70mph starts again about midway to the I-64 exit and continues down 295 to Exit 2 for Rt. 460.From 2012 until 2019, I did this drive about 8-12 times a year.
Have an EZPASS to take the Express Lane in and around Accoquan as this area through Fredericksburg is rife with traffic ANYTIME. $3 to pass the hassle is well worth it.