What is traffic on Interstate 85 like?

I currently live in Richmond, but I’m heading down to Montgomery, Alabama, for a wedding. I’ve never driven this stretch before, but it looks like I’m taking I-85 almost the entire way. I want to avoid any congestion if possible because time is tight. What’s the traffic like on I-85?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 17, 2022
Stretching 666 miles from Petersburg, Virginia to Montgomery, Alabama, Interstate 85 is a major thoroughfare in the South**. Fortunately, traffic is relatively light on Interstate 85 with the notable exceptions of Charlotte and Atlanta.
The best plan is to avoid rush hour when you’re traveling through either of these cities. Even with bypasses, both of these cities can cause delays. If you have no other choice, use these bypasses to avoid heavier traffic:
  • Hop on I-485 to beat the traffic in Charlotte
  • Use I-285 to skip the congestion outside of Atlanta
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