Interstate 195 (Virginia)

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Interstate 195
Beltline Expressway
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 3.50 mi[1] (5.63 km)
Existed: c. 1970 – present
Major junctions
South end: SR 146 / SR 195 in Richmond
 

SR 76 in Richmond
SR 147 in Richmond

US 33 / US 250 in Richmond
North end: I‑64 / I‑95 in Richmond
Location
Counties: City of Richmond, Henrico
Highway system
SR 194 SR 195

Interstate 195 (I-195) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known as the Beltline Expressway, the highway runs 3.50 miles (5.63 km) from Virginia State Route 195 (SR 195), a toll road that continues south into Downtown Richmond, north to I-64 and I-95 on the northern edge of Richmond. I-195 passes through the West End of Richmond and connects I-64 and I-95 with U.S. Route 33 and US 250, which follow Broad Street, and with SR 76, a toll road that links Richmond with the Southside of the metropolitan area.

Route description[edit]

I-195 begins as a continuation of SR 195 (Downtown Expressway), a toll road that connects I-195 with I-95 in Downtown Richmond. The transition between the Interstate and the state-numbered highway occurs just east of the McCloy Street overpass south of the Carytown district of Richmond. The four-lane freeway gains a pair of lanes just west of the transition where there is a southbound exit ramp for Rosewood Avenue, which leads to City Stadium, and a northbound entrance ramp from Idlewild Avenue. Northbound I-195 has an exit for SR 147 (Cary Street) and Floyd Avenue, while a ramp from SR 147 joins the southbound Interstate as the highway curves north on a pair of two-lane flyover ramps to join the six lanes of SR 76 (Powhite Parkway) that join the Interstate at that toll road's northern terminus.[1][2]

I-195 continues northeast as a six-lane freeway with its median occupied by CSX's two-track North End Subdivision, which also serves Amtrak. The southbound Interstate has an exit ramp to Hamilton Street, which parallels the Interstate to the west, to serve SR 147 and Grove Avenue. A short distance to the north, northbound I-195 has exit and entrance ramps to and from Thompson Street, which parallels the Interstate to the east, to access SR 6 (Patterson Avenue) and Grove Avenue. North of Monument Avenue, from which the southbound direction receives a ramp, I-195 has a multi-part interchange with Broad Street, which carries US 33 and US 250. The southbound freeway receives a ramp from Hamilton Street and the northbound freeway has an exit ramp to Clay Street north of the Broad Street overpass. After the overpass, northbound I-195 crosses over the North End Subdivision and both directions pass under Hamilton Street, with which the freeway has a half-diamond interchange that allows access to US 33 and US 250 from the north.[1][2]

I-195 passes through an industrial area in which the highway crosses over SR 197 (Westwood Avenue) and a rail yard of CSX's RF&P Subdivision just north of its wye junction with the North End Subdivision. While on the viaduct, the Interstate briefly enters Henrico County. North of the S-curved viaduct, I-195 has a three-quarter diamond interchange with the western end of Laburnum Avenue, which provides access to SR 197. The interchange's north-facing ramp is from eastbound I-64 within the Bryan Park Interchange, a three-level stack interchange with multiple flyover ramps where I-195 reaches its northern terminus at I-64 and I-95 south of Bryan Park at the northernmost point in the city of Richmond. Ramps to southbound I-195 converge and ramps from northbound I-195 diverge for westbound I-64 toward Charlottesville, northbound I-95 toward Washington, and eastbound I-64 and southbound I-95 (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike) toward Downtown Richmond, where the Interstates diverge toward Norfolk and Petersburg, respectively.[1][2]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1][3] km Destinations Notes
City of Richmond 0.00 0.00 SR 195 south (Downtown Expressway) to I‑95 / I‑64 east – Downtown Richmond Southern terminus; I-195 continues south as SR 195
0.00 0.00 Rosewood Avenue – City Stadium Southbound exit, northbound entrance
SR 147 (Cary Street) / Floyd Avenue Northbound exit, southbound entrance
0.48 0.77 SR 76 south (Powhite Parkway) to SR 150 / US 60 / US 360 Southbound exit, northbound entrance
0.83 1.34 SR 147 (Cary Street) / Grove Avenue Southbound exit only
1.27 2.04 SR 6 (Patterson Avenue) / Grove Avenue Northbound exit and entrance
1.68 2.70 US 33 / US 250 (Broad Street) / Hamilton Street
Henrico
No major junctions
City of Richmond 2.62 4.22 To SR 197 (Laburnum Avenue) No exit southbound
3.50 5.63 I‑95 (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike) / I‑64 – Charlottesville, Petersburg, Norfolk, Washington Northern terminus; I-64 Exit 186; I-95 Exit 79
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Interstate 195". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=VA-195+W&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&sll=37.572265,-77.47878&sspn=0.052926,0.077162&geocode=Fer9PAIdPbRh-w%3BFWefPQIdB_Bh-w&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=h&z=14. Retrieved 2011-11-29.
  3. ^ "VDOT Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)" (Shapefile). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing