Interstate 95 in Virginia
|Maintained by VDOT|
|Length:||178.73 mi (287.64 km)|
|Existed:||1957 – present|
|South end:||I‑95 near Weldon, NC|
|I‑395 / I‑495 in Springfield|
|North end:||I‑95 / I‑495 near Washington, DC|
|Counties:||Greensville, Emporia City, Sussex, Prince George, Petersburg City, Colonial Heights City, Cesterfield, Richmond City, Henrico, Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylania, Fredericksburg City, Stafford, Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria City|
Within the Commonwealth of Virginia, Interstate 95 runs 179 miles (288 km) between its borders with Maryland and North Carolina. I-95 is concurrent with I-64 for 3 miles (4.8 km) in Richmond, and meets the northern terminus of I-85 in Petersburg. Although I-95 was originally planned as a highway through Washington, D.C., it was rerouted along the eastern portion of the Capital Beltway. From Petersburg to Richmond, I-95 was most of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike (the south end of the toll road was on I-85.)
The point where it enters the Capital Beltway, the Springfield Interchange, is one of the busiest interchanges in the United States. I-95 continues into Maryland along the Beltway over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
From North Carolina to Petersburg
Interstate 95 continues the pattern of being a four-lane highway from North Carolina. The welcome center forbids trucks, but truck stops at the first two interchanges provides a substitute place for truckers to stay before reaching Emporia. North of here, I-95 and US 301 are often intertwined with each other as they encounter interchanges with Virginia Secondary State Routes. In the Owens-Stony Creek area in Sussex County, the road not only runs parallel to US 301 but shares bridges with I-95, many of which have access to Route 301 from connecting roads. This pattern ends at Exit 33 at the corner of a fairly popular truck stop and travel center. Crossing the Sussex-Prince George County Line, the first site along I-95 is another rest area that also serves as the Petersburg Area Tourist Information Center. The road makes a slight northeast turn between Carson and Templeton, then turns straight north again before approaching the south end of Interstate 295 just before crossing the southern border of the City of Petersburg at Exit 47. A series of frontage roads connect the interchanges with US 460, US 301 and the northern terminus of Interstate 85. Immediately after the interchange with Interstate 85, remnants of the former toll booths for the Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike can be found.
Petersburg through Richmond
North of Petersburg, I-95 crosses the Appomattox River and enters the City of Colonial Heights and then Chesterfield County. Pocahontas Parkway and an extraordinarily high Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over I-95 and the James River just south of the Richmond City Limits. A CSX railroad line runs parallel to the northbound lane in the vicinity of the Port of Richmond, and the Commerce Road Industrial Area, a region that includes an Philip Morris office and an old bridge manufacturing plant. As I-95 itself crosses the James River, Main Street Station can be seen on the north bank, and the road winds around the station itself. The first interchange after it crosses the James River is the tolled State Route 195 and from there the road winds towards the multiplex with Interstate 64. I-64/95 curves to the northwest to cross under US 1/301, only to turn back north briefly, and curve northwest again, as it approaches VA 161. This pattern ends when I-64 turns west at the same interchange as the northern terminus of I-195. From here I-95 curves back to the northeast and has two interchanges with US 1, and later US 301 separately, the latter of which has separate carriageways on both side of I-95. Another interchange with Interstate 295 exists in Glen Allen. However, I-295 does not terminate there, and the south-to-eastbound and west-to-northbound off-ramps between the two can be accessed in the medians of both roads.
Central Virginia toward Washington, D.C.
Throughout much of central Virginia, I-95 climbs a series of hills, and contains wide tree-lined medians. Near mile marker 100 in Doswell, signs for the Kings Dominion amusement park are blended in with standard destination signs. US 17 overlaps I-95 from Massaponax at exit 126 to Falmouth at exit 133. The wide tree-line divider resumes north of here. At Exit 143 in Aquia, the northbound off and on ramps connect directly to US 1, even though the interchange is specifically for VSR 610. Crossing over the Chopawamsic Creek takes I-95 through the Quantico Marine Base, which includes restrictive interchanges. Northbound, the bi-directional HOV lane begins, and runs through the center of I-95 through most of the rest of its journey toward DC.
Further north in Prince William County, there are four rest areas; two for trucks in Dumfries, and two for cars in Dale City. The truck rest areas, with weigh stations, are near exit 152. The car rest areas have uniquely positioned entrance and exit ramps. The southbound car rest area, near exit 156, is accessible only from the southbound collective-distributor road. In Lorton, a scissor interchange exists with US 1, and shortly after this Lorton Auto Train Station is conveniently located near exit 163. Due to public opposition of efforts to build I-95 through Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland, I-95 is diverted onto a multiplex with Interstate 495 at the Springfield Interchange. I-95/495 trudge east through Franconia, over the WMATA Blue Line and Rose Hill. At Huntington, I-95/495 run under the WMATA Yellow Line, and through Alexandria before crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland.
- Interstate 195 is a short spur from north of downtown Richmond south into downtown.
- Interstate 295 is a bypass to the east of Richmond, from I-95 south of Petersburg, across Interstate 64 east of Richmond and I-95 north of Richmond to I-64 west of Richmond.
- Interstate 395 is a branch from Springfield north into downtown Washington, D.C. It was part of I-95 until 1977.
- Interstate 495 is the Capital Beltway, a full loop around Washington, D.C. Since 1977, I-95 has run along its east half.
- Interstate 595 was a planned branch from I-395 south to Washington National Airport along U.S. Route 1.
- Interstate 795 was a planned number for present I-95 from I-295 south of Petersburg to Interstate 85 in downtown Petersburg; I-95 would have bypassed Petersburg and Richmond to the east on I-295. The renumbering was never done because tolls were removed from the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike section of I-95.
- State Route 895 is the Pocahontas Parkway, a connection from I-95 south of Richmond east to I-295. It was not numbered as an Interstate because the project opened as a toll road using federal funds, thus disqualifying it from Interstate status.
Interstate 95 extends the twin-lane barrier-separated HOV Lanes that begin on I-395 at the 14th Street Bridge in Washington. These lanes have been extended several times, most recently to just south of Woodbridge.
As part of the Quantico Creek bridge rebuilding project, a currently unused three-lane 300-foot (91 m) long bridge was constructed in the median just south of the southern HOV terminus for use if and when the HOV facilities are extended. It was previously used as a detour bridge and retains its lane striping from such use.
The new I-95 HOV/HOT lanes project will create approximately 29 miles (47 km) of HOV/HOT lanes on I-95 from Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to the vicinity of Edsall Road on I-395 in Fairfax County.
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As was common in other states, the present Interstate 95 routing in Virginia utilized pre-existing expressways and turnpikes. As sections opened, the existing sequential exit numbering was not modified; as a result, traveling from the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike onto a new section of pavement (or vice versa) resulted in a jump in exit numbers up or down. For instance, when entering from the south the section of I-95 previously signed only as the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike, the exit number jumped from 13 to 2. Similarly, when traveling from the Turnpike onto a new section of I-95 north of it, the exit number jumped from 17 to 35.
In the late 1980s, VDOT undertook a major redesignating of exit numbers throughout the state from the sequential system to the mileage-based scheme used today.
|County||Location||Mile||km||Old exit||New exit||Destinations||Notes|
|Greensville||0.0||0.0||I‑95 south – Rocky Mount||North Carolina state line|
|Skippers||4||6||4||SR 629 – Skippers|
|8||US 301 – Emporia|
|City of Emporia||11||18||11||US 58 – South Hill, Emporia, Norfolk||Signed as exits 11A (west) and 11B (east)|
|Greensville||12||19||12||US 301 north||Northbound exit only|
|13||21||13||SR 614 – Emporia|
|20||32||20||SR 631 – Jarratt||former SR 137; to SR 139|
|Stony Creek||31||50||31||SR 40 – Stony Creek, Waverly|
|Prince George||Carson||37||60||37||SR 623 – Carson||former SR 141 west|
|Templeton||41||66||41||US 301 / SR 35 / SR 156 – Courtland|
|46||74||46||I‑295 north – Washington, Richmond International Airport||I-295 exit 1|
|City of Petersburg||47||76||47||SR 629 (Rives Road)|
|48||77||48||US 460 east (Wagner Road)||signed as exits 48A (east) and 48B (west); south end of US 460 overlap|
US 460 Bus. east (County Drive) to SR 109 – Fort Lee, Norfolk
|no southbound entrance; southbound exit is part of exit 50|
|50.1||80.6||50B-C||US 301 (Crater Road / US 460 Bus. west)||signed as exits 50B (north) and 50C (south) northbound; southbound exit is part of exit 50|
|51||82||2||51||I‑85 south / US 460 west – South Hill, Blackstone, Durham, Atlanta||Northern end of US 460 concurrency|
|52||84||3||52||Wythe Street / Washington Street (US 460 Bus.) - Historic Old Towne Petersburg||signed as exit 50D northbound|
|52||84||52||Bank Street (US 301 south)||Northbound exit only|
|City of Colonial Heights||53||85||53||Southpark Boulevard|
|54||87||4||54||SR 144 (Temple Avenue)|
|Chesterfield||58||93||5||58||SR 620 (Woods Edge Road) / SR 746 (Ruffin Mill Road)||signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east) southbound|
|Dutch Gap||61||98||6||61||SR 10 – Chester, Hopewell||Signed as exits 61A (east) and 61B (west)|
|62||100||62||SR 288 north / to Powhite Parkway (SR 76) – Chesterfield|
|64||103||6A||64||SR 613 (Willis Road)|
|Bensley||67.8||109.1||7||67||SR 150 north (Chippenham Parkway) / SR 895 east to US 60 west / US 360 west – Richmond International Airport||signed as exits 67A (east) and 67B (north) southbound; no access from I-95 south to SR 895 east|
|City of Richmond||69||111||8||69||SR 161 (Bells Road)|
|73||117||9||73||Maury Street / Commerce Road|
|73.4||118.1||Bridge over James River|
|74||119||74A||SR 195 (Downtown Expressway) to I‑195 north / to Powhite Parkway (SR 76 south)|
|74.3||119.6||74B||Franklin Street||Southbound exit only|
|74.4||119.7||10||74C||US 250 (Broad Street) to US 33||no access from I-95 south to US 250 east|
|75||121||11||75||I‑64 east / 7th Street – Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond International Airport||Southern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 190|
|76||122||12||76A||Chamberlayne Avenue||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|76.2||122.6||13||76B||US 1 / US 301 (Belvidere Street)||No northbound exit|
|78||126||14||78||Boulevard (SR 161)|
|79||127||15A||79||I‑64 west / I‑195 south / to Powhite Parkway (SR 76 south) – Charlottesville||Northern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 187|
|80||129||15||80||SR 161 (Hermitage Road / Lakeside Avenue)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Henrico||Brook Hill||81||130||16||81||US 1 (Brook Road)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|82||132||17||82||US 301 / SR 2 (Chamberlayne Avenue)|
|Yellow Tavern||83||134||35||83||SR 73 west (Parham Road)||Signed as exits 83A (east) and 83B (west)|
|84||135||36||84||I‑295 to I‑64 – Charlottesville, Norfolk, Rocky Mount, NC, Richmond International Airport||Signed as exits 84A (south) and 84B (north); I-295 exit 43|
|Hanover||86||138||37||86||SR 656 – Atlee, Elmont||Signed as exits 86A (east) and 86B (west)|
|Lewistown||89||143||38||89||SR 802 (Lewistown Road)|
|Ashland||92||148||92||SR 54 – Ashland, Hanover||Signed as exits 92A (east) and 92B (west) northbound|
|98||158||98||SR 30 – Doswell, West Point, Kings Dominion|
|Caroline||Carmel Church||104||167||104||SR 207 to US 301 – Carmel Church, Bowling Green|
|Ladysmith||110||177||110||SR 639 – Ladysmith||to former SR 229 west|
|Spotsylvania||Thornburg||118||190||118||SR 606 – Thornburg|
|126||203||126||US 1 / US 17 south – Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg||Southern end of US 17 concurrency; signed as exits 126A (north) and 126B (south) northbound|
|City of Fredericksburg||130||209||130||SR 3 – Culpeper, Fredericksburg||Signed as exits 130A (east) and 130B (west)|
|Rappahannock River||132.7||213.6||Rappahannock Falls Bridge|
US 17 north / US 17 Bus. south – Warrenton, Falmouth, Fredericksburg
|Northern end of US 17 concurrency; signed as exits 133A (south) and 133B (north) southbound|
|136||219||136||SR 8900 (Centreport Parkway) to US 1 – Stafford Airport||Exit opened December 22, 2005|
|Stafford||140||225||140||SR 630 – Stafford||to former SR 212 east|
|Aquia||143||230||143||US 1 / SR 610 – Garrisonville, Aquia||Signed as exits 143A (US 1 / SR 610 east) and 143B (SR 610 west); former SR 213|
|Prince William||148||238||148||Marine Corps Base Quantico|
|Triangle||150||241||150||SR 619 – Triangle, Quantico, Prince William Forest Park||Signed as exits 150A (east) and 150B (west) southbound|
|151.7||244.1||Express Lanes||northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Dumfries||152||245||152||SR 234 – Manassas, Dumfries||Signed as exits 152A (south) and 152B (north)|
|Dale City||156||251||156||SR 784 – Dale City, Rippon Landing|
|157.9||254.1||Express Lanes||northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|158||254||158||SR 294 (Prince William Parkway) – Woodbridge, Manassas||Signed as exits 158A (east) and 158B (west)|
|Woodbridge||160||257||160||SR 123 – Occoquan, Lake Ridge, Woodbridge||Signed as exits 160A (south) and 160B (north) northbound; no access from I-95 south to SR 123 south|
|Occoquan River||160.8||258.8||Purple Heart Bridge|
|Fairfax||161||259||161||US 1 north – Fort Belvoir, Mount Vernon||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|161||259||161||US 1 south – Woodbridge||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Lorton||163||262||163||SR 642 – Lorton|
|165.8||266.8||Express Lanes||northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Newington||166||267||166||SR 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) / Backlick Road (SR 617) / Fullerton Road (SR 4502 / SR 4600) / Heller Road – Newington, Fort Belvoir||Signed as exits 166A (south) and 166B (north)|
|166.8||268.4||Express Lanes||southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|167||269||167||SR 617 south (Backlick Road) / Fullerton Road (SR 4502 / SR 4600)||Southbound exit only|
|Springfield||169||272||169||SR 644 (Old Keene Mill Road / Franconia Road) – Franconia, Springfield||Signed as exits 169A (east) and 169B (west)|
|170||274||Express Lanes||northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|170||274||4B||170A||I‑395 north – Washington||Part of Springfield Interchange; signed northbound as exit 170A and southbound as exit 170B|
|170||274||170B||I‑495 north – Tysons Corner||Southern end of I-495 concurrency; part of Springfield Interchange; signed northbound as exit 170B and southbound as exit 170A|
|173||278||3||173||SR 613 (Van Dorn Street) – Franconia|
|174||280||174||Eisenhower Avenue Connector – Alexandria|
|176||283||2||176||SR 241 / SR 611 south (Telegraph Road / North Kings Highway) / to Eisenhower Avenue – Alexandria||signed as exits 176A (south) and 176B (north)|
|176.8||284.5||Eisenhower Avenue||southbound exit and northbound entrance (thru lanes)|
|City of Alexandria||177||285||1||177||US 1 – Alexandria, Fort Belvoir||Signed as exits 177A (south) and 177B (north)|
|178||286||1||177C||Mount Vernon (George Washington Memorial Parkway / SR 400)||southbound exit only|
|178.73||287.64||I‑95 north / I‑495 north – Baltimore||Maryland state line (Woodrow Wilson Bridge over Potomac River)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
In 2010, volume at Newington, northbound, from 6-9 am, is about 8,800 vehicles in the two HOV lanes, 18,300 vehicles in the three lanes with no restriction.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Interstate 95 in Virginia.|
- Federal Highway Administration Route Log and Finder List, Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002
- "Interstate 95 (AARoads.com; Interstate Guide)". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- The orphaned bridge over Quantico Creek is located at
- I-95 Quantico Creek bridge reconstruction project from VDOT
- "VIRGINIA ADVANCES NEW I-95 HOV/HOT LANES PROJECT AND NEW RAMP TO SEMINARY ROAD AT MARK CENTER". Virginiadot.org. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
- Google Street View of northbound "Purple Heart Bridge" sign
- Thomson, Robert (18 April 2010). "Dr. Gridlock column:Opening HOV lanes to all after crash not a quick and easy job". Washington, DC: Washington Post. pp. C2.