Usually I travel 81 south -> 66 East -> 17 to Fredricksburg, VA but travel during the day to be there around 5-6 pm. This year I am not leaving Ithaca, NY until around 4pm. Google Maps wants to take me around DC via 270/495/95 and anticipate being there about 9:30 pm or so. Since I have never driven this route, can anyone give information on how the traffic is at this time of night on a Friday?
My original route adds about 20-30 mins, however if traffic is good, I can save some time going around DC. Also, the HOV lanes could save even more, albeit, at a price.
Just trying to get an idea if this is a good one to use the outer beltway, or stay my tried and true course.
Please let me know your thoughts.