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‑85 in Petersburg
I‑64 in Richmond
US 17 near Fredericksburg

I‑395 / I‑495 in Springfield
North end: I‑95 / I‑495 in Washington, DC
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 multiplexes with I-95 from Massaponax to Falmouth. 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]

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 and includes: Constructing two new reversible HOV/HOT lanes for 9 miles (14 km) from Route 610/Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Route 234 in Dumfries, where the existing HOV lanes begin. Making improvements to the existing two HOV lanes for 6 miles (9.7 km) from Route 234 to the Prince William Parkway. Widening the existing HOV lanes from two lanes to three lanes for 14 miles (23 km) from the Prince William Parkway to approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Springfield Interchange in the vicinity of Edsall Road. Adding new or improved access points in the areas of Garrisonville Road, Joplin Road, Prince William Parkway, Fairfax County Parkway, Franconia-Springfield Parkway, I-495 and in the vicinity of Edsall Road. The new HOV/HOT lanes project will no longer include the originally planned construction of 6 miles (9.7 km) of HOV/HOT lanes on I-395 in Alexandria or Arlington County or upgrades to key interchanges at Shirlington and Eads Street in Arlington County. Those lanes will continue to be restricted to HOV, transit, eligible hybrids and motorcycles during rush hours. However, VDOT is advancing plans to construct a new ramp at I-395 and Seminary Road for the Mark Center, concurrent with the HOV/HOT lanes project. The ramp will be open to HOV and transit only. VDOT will also expand park-and-ride lots and fund other local transit improvements to maximize the benefit of the new HOV/HOT lanes network. VDOT is also advancing studies to support the ultimate extension of HOV/HOT lanes on I-95 south of Route 610 into Spotsylvania County.[5][6]

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 an old 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. One result of this was that a driver traveling from border to border in the state on the same Interstate routing would encounter three Exit 2s before leaving.

In the late 1980s, VDOT undertook a major redesignating of exit numbers throughout the state from the haphazard sequential system to the mileage-based scheme used today.


County Location Mile km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
Greensville Skippers 0.0 0.0 I‑95 south – Rocky Mount Southern Terminus of I-95 in Virginia
1 4 SR 629 – Skippers
City of Emporia 2 8 US 301 – Emporia
Meherrin River Crossing
3 11 US 58 – Emporia, Norfolk, South Hill Signed as exits 11A (west) and 11B (east)
Greensville Belfield 4 12 US 301 north – Belfield Northbound exit only
5 13 SR 614 – Emporia, Belfield
Sussex Henry 6 17 US 301
Jarratt 7 20 SR 631 – Jarratt
Owens 8 24 SR 645
Nottoway River Nottoway River Crossing
Stony Creek 9 31 SR 40 – Stony Creek, Waverly, Sussex
10 33 SR 602 – Stony Creek
Prince George Carson 11 37 US 301 / SR 623 / SR 645 – Carson
Courtland 12 41 US 301 / SR 35 / SR 156 – Courtland, Templeton
Rives 13 45 US 301 – Rives, Templeton
14 46 I‑295 north – Washington
City of Petersburg 15 47 SR 629 (Rives Rd) – Petersburg
16 A-B 48
A-B
Wagner Road – Downtown Petersburg, Prince George
17 50A US 460 east (County Drive) Southbound is numbered exit 50; no southbound entrance; southern end of US 460 concurrency
18
A-B
50
B-C
US 301 (Crater Road) Part of exit 50 southbound
19 51 I‑85 south / US 460 west – South Hill, Blackstone, Durham, Atlanta Northern end of US 460 concurrency
20 50D US 301 (Crater Road) – Wythe Street, Washington Street, Downtown Exit 52 southbound
21 52 Bank Street Northbound exit only
Appomattox River Appomattox River Crossing
City of Colonial Heights 22 53 Southpark Boulevard
23 54 SR 144 (Temple Ave) – Colonial Heights, Chester
Chesterfield   24 58 SR 620 / SR 746 (Ruffin Mill Road)
Chester 25 61 SR 10 – Hopewell, Chester Signed as exits 61A (Hopewell) and 61B (Chester)
26 62 SR 288 north – Chesterfield
  27 64 SR 613 (Willis Road)
Bensley 28A 67A
SR 895 east (Pocahontas Parkway) – Varina
Toll road; use to access Richmond International Airport
28B 67B SR 150 north (Chippenham Parkway) – Bon Air Formerly exit 67
City of Richmond 29 69 SR 161 (Bells Road)
30 73 Maury Street Southbound is signed "Maury Street, Commerce Road"
James River Crossing
31A 74A SR 195 to I‑195 Toll road
31B 74B Franklin Street Southbound exit only
31C 74C US 33 (Broad Street) / US 250
32 75 I‑64 east – Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach Southern end of I-64 concurrency; exit to reach Richmond International Airport
33A 76A Chamberlayne Avenue Northbound exit and southbound entrance
33B 76B US 1 (Belvidere Street) / US 301 No northbound exit
34 78 SR 161 – Rosedale, Carillon
35 79 I‑64 west / I‑195 south – Charlottesville Northern end of I-64 concurrency
Henrico Lakeside 36 80 SR 161 (Hermitage Rd.) – Lakeside, Richmond Northbound exit and southbound entrance
37 81 US 1 – Lakeside, Richmond Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Chamberlayne 38 82 US 301 / SR 2 (Chamberlayne Ave.) – Chamberlayne, Richmond
39 83 SR 73 west (Parham Road) Signed as exit 83B for VA 73 west and exit 83A Parham Road east; Previously signed as exits 39A and 39B
Glen Allen 40 84 I‑295 to I‑64 – Charlottesville, Norfolk, Rocky Mount Signed as exits 84A (Charlottesville) and 84B (Norfolk/Rocky Mount, NC); exit 84A is also access to the Richmond International Airport
Hanover North Glen Allen 41 86 SR 656 – Atlee, Elmont, North Glen Allen Signed as exits 86A (Atlee) and 86B (Elmont)
42 89 SR 802 (Lewistown Road) – North Glen Allen
Ashland 43 92 SR 54 – Hanover, Ashland Signed as exits 92A (Hanover) and 92B (Ashland) northbound
Doswell 44 98 SR 30 – Doswell, Bowersville
North Anna River North Anna River Crossing
Caroline Bowling Green 45 104 SR 207 to US 301 – Carmel Church, Bowling Green
Ruther Glen 46 110 SR 639 – Ladysmith, Ruther Glen
Spotsylvania Thornburg 47 118 SR 606 – Thornburg
City of Fredericksburg 48 126 US 1 / US 17 south – Spotsylvania, Port Royal, Fredericksburg Southern end of US 17 concurrency; signed as exits 126A (US 1 north) and 126B (US 1/17 south) northbound
49 130 SR 3 – Fredericksburg, Culpeper Signed as exits 130A (Fredericksburg) and 130B (Culpeper); Previously Signed as Exits 49A-B
Rappahannock River Rappahannock River Crossing
Stafford Falmouth 50 133
US 17 north / US 17 Bus. – Warrenton, Falmouth, Fredericksburg
Northern end of US 17 concurrency; signed as exits 133A and 133B southbound
  51 136 SR 8900 (Centreport Parkway) to US 1 – Hickory Ridge Exit opened December 22, 2005
Stafford 52 140 SR 630 – Stafford
Garrisonville 53 143 US 1 / SR 610 – Aquia, Garrisonville Signed as exits 143A (Aquia, US 1) and 143B(Garrisonville, VA 610)
Chopawamsic Creek Chopawamsic Creek Crossing
Prince William Quantico 54 148 Russell Road – Quantico, Independent Hill
55 150 SR 619 – Triangle, Quantico, Independent Hill Signed as exits 150A (Triangle, Quantico) and 150B (Independent Hill) southbound
Quantico Creek Quantico Creek Crossing
Dumfries 56 152 SR 234 – Dumfries, Manassas, Montclair Signed as exits 152A (Dumfries) and 152B (Manassas, Montclair)
Dale City 57 156 SR 784 – Dale City, Rippon Landing
Woodbridge 58 158 SR 294 (Prince William Parkway) – Woodbridge, Manassas Signed as exits 158A (Woodbridge) and 158B (Manassas)
59 160 SR 123 – Woodbridge, Occoquan, Lake Ridge Signed as exits 160A (south) and 160B (north) northbound; no access from I-95 south to SR 123 south
Occoquan River Occoquan River Crossing
Fairfax Lorton 60 161 US 1 north – Fort Belvoir, Mount Vernon Northbound exit and southbound entrance
60 161 US 1 south – Woodbridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance
61 163 SR 642 – Lorton
Newington 62 166 SR 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) / SR 790 (Alban Road) / Backlick Road, Fullerton Road – Newington, Fort Belvoir Signed as exits 166A (south) and 166B (north)
Springfield 63 167 SR 617 south (Backlick Road) / Fullerton Road Southbound exit only
64 168 SR 289 (Franconia–Springfield Parkway) Full interchange with reversible HOV lane access only (ramps to/from the north only provide access to I-395)
65 169 SR 644 – Franconia, Springfield Signed as exits 169A (east) and 169B (west)
170A I‑495 north – Tysons Corner Southern end of I-495 concurrency
66 170B I‑395 north – Washington, D.C. Part of Springfield Interchange
City of Alexandria 173 SR 613 (Van Dorn St.) – Franconia, Alexandria
174 Eisenhower Avenue Connector – Alexandria
176 SR 241 (Telegraph Rd.) – Alexandria, Huntington
177 US 1 / G.W. Pkwy. south – Alexandria, Fort Belvoir, Mount Vernon Signed as exits 177A (US 1 south), 177B (US 1 north), and 177C (GW Parkway), Southbound exit only to the GW Parkway
Potomac River 178.73 287.64 Woodrow Wilson Bridge
I‑95 continues through Washington, D.C. into Maryland
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


Interstate 95
Previous state:
North Carolina
Virginia Next state:
Maryland