I-95 in Virginia runs approximately 179 miles from the North Carolina line near Skippers in Greensville County, to the west end of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge of the Potomac River into Maryland. It passes through or near Emporia, Petersburg, state capital Richmond, Fredericksburg, and a portion of northern Virginia's densely-developed suburbs outside of Washington, DC. Between the Springfield Interchange and the Wilson Bridge, I-95 shares the Capital Beltway with Interstate 495, during which time it runs through far-southern Alexandria. Its original path into the District of Columbia is now designated as Interstate 395.
Virginia's portion of I-95 is known for its considerable stretch of reversible high-occupancy vehicle lanes south of Springfield, which it inherits from I-395. These lanes now go as far as exit 133 in Stafford County, near Fredericksburg. The highway is also notorious for its near-daily backups from Dumfries northward, with the Occoquan River bridge being a particular choke point. For this reason, other highways in the region, such as U.S. Route 301, are promoted as alternatives to I-95 to bypass this congestion.