Interstate 295 (Virginia)

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Interstate 295 marker

Interstate 295
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 52.75 mi[1][2][3][4] (84.89 km)
Existed: late 1980s – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑95 near Petersburg
SR 895 near Varina
I‑64 near Highland Springs
US 360 near Mechanicsville
I‑95 / US 1 near Glen Allen
US 33 near Glen Allen
North end: I‑64 near Short Pump
Highway system
SR 294 SR 296

Interstate 295 (I-295) is an eastern and northern bypass of the cities of Richmond and Petersburg in the U.S. state of Virginia. The southern terminus is a junction with Interstate 95 southeast of Petersburg. Interstate 295 then intersects Interstate 64 east of Richmond, crosses I-95 north of Richmond, and continues westward to its other terminus at a second junction with I-64.

Route description[edit]

I-295 as it begins at northbound I-95 south of Petersburg, Virginia.

In effect, Interstate 295 serves as a bypass route for both Interstate 64 and Interstate 95 and the via for Interstate 85. It also performs crossover duty for travelers between Washington (reached by Interstate 95) and southeastern Virginia (reached by Interstate 64), and links many of Richmond's suburbs (such as Short Pump, Mechanicsville, Highland Springs, Varina, and Hopewell). Much of the route is now posted at 70 mph. The road carries 2 lanes from its southern terminus to Exit 9 (VA 36), three lanes from Exit 9 to Exit 28 (I-64) four lanes from Exit 28 to Exit 43 (I-95) and three lanes again from Exit 43 to its northern terminus. All of the exits are cloverleaves with the exceptions of, its northern terminus Interstate 64, Exit 25 VA 895, Meadowville Technology Park exit (opened 2011) and 295's southern terminus Interstate 95.

While the route is officially labeled north-south, directional markers are absent from the road between exits 43-53, as the official "north" direction of the road for this section actually runs southwest. Additionally, as the road's primary purpose is to direct long-distance travel away from downtown Richmond, control cities on guide signs for the road list cities such as Washington DC, Charlottesville or Rocky Mount, NC as destinations, the road goes to none of those cities, but instead uses such destinations to direct long-distance travelers away from the congested areas in downtown Richmond and Petersburg. At one time, Miami, FL was also listed as a control city on some guide signs north of Richmond, but these have been removed or changed.


The Varina-Enon Bridge carries Interstate 295 across the James River near Dutch Gap between Chesterfield County and Henrico County. It was opened to traffic in July 1990, and was the second major cable-stayed bridge in the United States.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit[5] Destinations Notes
Prince George 0.00 0.00 I‑95 south – Emporia, Rocky Mount, NC southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-95 exit 46
0.00 0.00 1 I‑95 north to I‑85 – Petersburg southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-95 exit 46
New Bohemia 3 4.8 3 US 460 – Petersburg, Norfolk Signed as exits 3A (east) and 3B (west)
City of Hopewell 9 SR 36 – Fort Lee, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Hopewell Signed as exits 9A (east) and 9B (west)
Chesterfield Chester 15 SR 10 to I‑95 – Chester, Hopewell Signed as exits 15A (east) and 15B (west)
Meadowville 16 SR 618 (Rivers Bend Boulevard) / Meadowville Technology Parkway
James River Varina-Enon Bridge
Henrico Varina Grove 22 SR 5 – Varina, Charles City Signed as exits 22A (east) and 22B (west)
SR 895 Toll west to I‑95 – Richmond, Richmond International Airport
28 I‑64 / US 60 – Richmond, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond International Airport, Seven Pines, Bottoms Bridge signed as exits 28A (I-64 east) and 28B (I-64 west / US 60) southbound; I-64 exit 200
31 SR 156 – Highland Springs, Cold Harbor, Richmond International Airport Signed as exits 31A (north) and 31B (south)
Hanover 34 SR 615 (Creighton Road) signed as exits 34A (east) and 34B (west)
Mechanicsville 37 US 360 – Mechanicsville, Tappahannock Signed as exits 37A (east) and 37B (west)
38 SR 627 (Meadowbridge Road / Pole Green Road) signed as exits 38A (east) and 38B (west)
41 US 301 / SR 2 – Richmond, Hanover Signed as exits 41A (north) and 41B (south)
Henrico 43A-B I‑95 – Richmond, Washington, D.C. Signed as exits 43A (north) and 43B (south); I-95 exit 84
Glen Allen 43C-D US 1 – Richmond, Ashland Signed as exits 43C (north) and 43D (south)
45 Woodman Road signed as exits 45A (north) and 45B (south)
49 US 33 – Richmond, Montpelier Signed as exits 49A (west) and 49B (east)
51 Nuckols Road signed as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)
52.75 84.89 53 I‑64 to SR 288 / US 250 – Richmond, Charlottesville signed as exits 53A (west) and 53B (east); I-64 exit 177
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google