Interstate 95 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of Interstate 95 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 95.

Interstate 95 marker

Interstate 95
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 178.73 mi[1] (287.64 km)
Existed: 1957 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑95 near Weldon, NC
 

I‑295 near Petersburg
I‑85 in Petersburg
I‑64 in Richmond
I‑295 in Short Pump
US 17 near Fredericksburg

I‑395 / I‑495 in Springfield
North end: I‑95 / I‑495 near Washington, DC
Location
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
Highway system
SR 94 SR 96

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.

Route description[edit]

I-95 entering Virginia from North Carolina

From North Carolina to Petersburg[edit]

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[edit]

Main Street Station in Richmond can be seen from I-95 before the road even crosses the James River.

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.[edit]

I-95 south coming off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge from Maryland

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.

Auxiliary routes[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

HOV facilities[edit]

Main article: Virginia HOT lanes
I-95/395 two-lane barrier-separated reversible HOV facility.

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.[3][4]

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.[5]

Maps[edit]


Exit list[edit]

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.


Express Lanes

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
Sussex   17 27 17 US 301
  20 32 20 SR 631 – Jarratt former SR 137; to SR 139
Owens 24 39 24 SR 645
Stony Creek 31 50 31 SR 40 – Stony Creek, Waverly
  33 53 33 SR 602
Prince George Carson 37 60 37 SR 623 – Carson former SR 141 west
Templeton 41 66 41 US 301 / SR 35 / SR 156 – Courtland
  45 72 45 US 301
  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
50 80 50A
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
Appomattox River 52.7 84.8 Bridge
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
Stafford   133 214 133
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[6]
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

Usage[edit]

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.[7]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


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