Virginia State Route 164

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For the former State Route 164, see State Route 164 (Virginia 1933).

State Route 164 marker

State Route 164
Western Freeway
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 7.27 mi[2] (11.70 km)
Existed: by 1969[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 17 in Suffolk

I‑664 in Suffolk

SR 135 in Suffolk
East end: US 58 in Portsmouth
Counties: City of Suffolk, City of Portsmouth
Highway system
SR 163 SR 165

Virginia State Route 164 (SR 164) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known as the Western Freeway, the state highway runs 7.27 miles (11.70 km) from U.S. Route 17 (US 17) in Suffolk east to US 58 in Portsmouth. SR 164 is a four- to six-lane freeway that connects the northern parts of Suffolk and Portsmouth—and Newport News and Hampton via Interstate 664 (I-664)—with Downtown Portsmouth and through the Midtown Tunnel to Downtown Norfolk.

Route description[edit]

SR 164 begins as a pair of two-lane flyover ramps from southbound US 17 (Bridge Road) and to northbound US 17, in the direction of the James River Bridge, in the Belleville area of the independent city of Suffolk. Eastbound SR 164 receives another ramp from US 17, then the freeway meets I-664 (Hampton Roads Beltway) at a partial cloverleaf interchange that includes a flyover ramp from southbound I-664 to eastbound SR 164. Just east of the interchange, the eastbound carriageway crosses over the Commonwealth Railway, which settles into the media of SR 164. The state highway has a partial diamond interchange with SR 135 (College Drive) that allows access to the crossroad to and from the direction of Portsmouth, which the freeway enters immediately to the east of the interchange.[2][3]

SR 164 and the railroad pass to the north of the community of Churchland, which is served via a diamond interchange with Towne Point Road and a partial cloverleaf interchange with Cedar Lane. East of Cedar Lane, a spur of the Commonwealth Railway splits to the north to serve APM Terminals's Portsmouth terminal while the main line exits the median and begins to parallel the south side of the freeway. Truck access to the terminal is provided by a diamond interchange with APM Terminals Boulevard. Within the West Norfolk neighborhood, SR 164 crosses the railroad and has a partial cloverleaf interchange with West Norfolk Road. The state highway crosses the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River on the West Norfolk Bridge, which passes through an S-curve as it crosses the channel of the river then parallels the shore of the residential Port Norfolk neighborhood. SR 164 expands to six lanes at the south end of the river crossing part of the bridge. East of the bridge, the freeway enters the actual Port Norfolk, curves south, and reaches its eastern terminus at the Pinners Point Interchange, a full Y interchange with US 58 (Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway). US 58 heads east into the Midtown Tunnel toward Norfolk and south toward Downtown Portsmouth. Port Norfolk is accessed via ramps with Railroad Avenue within the interchange.[2][3]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
City of Suffolk 0.00 0.00 US 17 north (Bridge Road) – James River Bridge Westbound exit to and eastbound entrance from US 17
0.84 1.35 I‑664 (Hampton Roads Beltway) – Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake Exit 9 (I-664); no access from eastbound SR 164 to southbound I-664
1.48 2.38 SR 135 (College Drive) Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
City of Portsmouth 2.38 3.83 Towne Point Road – Churchland
3.73 6.00 Cedar Lane
APM Terminals Boulevard
5.46 8.79 West Norfolk Road
7.27 11.70 US 58 (Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway) – Tunnel Norfolk, Downtown Portsmouth, Port Norfolk Directional interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (April 25, 1969) (PDF). Minutes of Meeting (Report). Natural Bridge, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia., page 79
  2. ^ a b c d "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b Google Inc. "Virginia State Route 164". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-76.393089&spn=0.133773,0.308647&sll=36.849664,-76.333373&sspn=0.008362,0.01929&geocode=FUR7MgIdLoxx-w%3BFTpBMgIdmk1z-w&vpsrc=6&mra=ls&t=h&z=12. Retrieved 2011-11-17.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing