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Old 05-26-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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Hi,

I need to go north on I-95 at about 2-3 pm or so from Fredericksburg to Alexandria, and then return about 8 pm from Alexandria back to Fredericksburg tomorrow, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Will traffic be really bad? Any alternative routes?

Thanks....
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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Hi,

I need to go north on I-95 at about 2-3 pm or so from Fredericksburg to Alexandria, and then return about 8 pm from Alexandria back to Fredericksburg tomorrow, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Will traffic be really bad? Any alternative routes?

Thanks....
Im guessing it will be horrible. Friday is always a rough day for traffic on I-95 especially after 3.. And I would assume it would be worse heading away from D.C. Factor in people leaving work AND people heading to the beach?.. Just a guess.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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I would say get used to the rumble of harleys
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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The only alternative route I can think of is taking Rte 1 down. I really don't know if this will be better or not. I suggest checking the traffic report before you head out and if they say 95 is a parking lot take Rte 1.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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Default How about route 29/17?

How about taking route 29 West then taking route 17 south?
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Hi,

I need to go north on I-95 at about 2-3 pm or so from Fredericksburg to Alexandria, and then return about 8 pm from Alexandria back to Fredericksburg tomorrow, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Will traffic be really bad? Any alternative routes?

Thanks....
You're talking about NORTH on 95 from Fredericksburg to Alexandria around 2? It won't be as bad as SOUTH, that's for sure.

Most will be heading out of town on Friday afternoon - not into town.

I have used Rt. 1 as an alternate twice and the only time I would suggest using Rt. 1 as an alternate is if 95 is shutdown. It's a two lane road (in some stretches, it's a four lane road) with lots of traffic lights and speed limit changes (55 - 45 - 35 etc.). Plus, with most having a GPS in their vehicles, it's not a "secret" alternate that only the locals know any more. It can be downright horrible - worse than 95 (believe it or not).
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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I have used Rt. 1 as an alternate twice and the only time I would suggest using Rt. 1 as an alternate is if 95 is shutdown. It's a two lane road (in some stretches, it's a four lane road) with lots of traffic lights and speed limit changes (55 - 45 - 35 etc.). Plus, with most having a GPS in their vehicles, it's not a "secret" alternate that only the locals know any more. It can be downright horrible - worse than 95 (believe it or not).
This is very true. Rt. 1 is BAD.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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Also, avoid 66 east of Falls Church.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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For the Friday trip, I have two possibilities: Stay in Alexandria until 10:00 p.m. and then head south on I-95. Or, cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland, head south on Route 5 to south on 301, cross the river and come into Fredericksburg from the east. That second is a much less direct route, and a lot of 2 lane.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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Hi,

I need to go north on I-95 at about 2-3 pm or so from Fredericksburg to Alexandria, and then return about 8 pm from Alexandria back to Fredericksburg tomorrow, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Will traffic be really bad? Any alternative routes?

Thanks....
NIGHTMARE is the only term that comes to mind. 8pm going to back to Fred. will be even worse. Plan on it being more like 11pm before you get back!
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