Interstate 295 (Virginia)

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Interstate 295 marker

Interstate 295
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length52.75 mi[1][2][3][4] (84.89 km)
Existed1987–present
Major junctions
South end I-95 near Petersburg
 
North end I-64 near Short Pump
Highway system
SR 294SR 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 an interchange with I-95 southeast of Petersburg. I-295 then has an interchange with I-64 east of Richmond, crosses I-95 north of Richmond, and continues westward to its other terminus at a second interchange with I-64.

Route description[edit]

I-295 as it begins at northbound I-95 south of Petersburg
View north along I-295 just north of I-95 near Petersburg

In effect, I-295 serves as a bypass route for both I-64 and I-95. It also performs crossover duty for travelers between Washington, D.C. (reached by I-95) and southeastern Virginia (reached by I-64), and links many of Richmond's suburbs (such as Short Pump, Mechanicsville, Highland Springs, Varina, and Hopewell). Much of the highway has a posted speed limit of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h). The highway carries two lanes from its southern terminus to exit 9 (SR 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 cloverleafs with the exceptions of: its southern terminus I-95 (exit 1), Meadowville Technology Parkway (exit 16), SR 895 (exit 25) and the northern terminus with I-64 (exit 53).

While the route is officially labeled north-south, directional markers are absent from the road between exit 43 (I-95) and exit 53 (I-64), because the northbound direction of the road veers to the west and then south after exit 43, and its "southbound" lanes starting at I-64 travel to the north and east before turning south at I-95.

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 include cities such as Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina as destinations. However, the highway 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. In the 1990s, Miami, FL was also listed as a control city on some guide signs north of Richmond, but these have been removed or changed.

Bridge[edit]

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

Exit list[edit]

CountyLocationmikmExit[5]DestinationsNotes
Prince George0.000.00 I-95 south – Emporia, Rocky Mount, NCSouthern terminus; southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-95 exit 46
0.000.001 I-95 north to I-85 – PetersburgSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; I-95 exit 46
New Bohemia34.83 US 460 – Petersburg, NorfolkSigned as exits 3A (east) and 3B (west)
City of Hopewell9 SR 36 – Fort Lee, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, HopewellSigned as exits 9A (east) and 9B (west)
ChesterfieldChester15 SR 10 to I-95 – Chester, HopewellSigned as exits 15A (east) and 15B (west)
Meadowville16 SR 618 (Rivers Bend Boulevard) / Meadowville Technology Parkway
James RiverVarina-Enon Bridge
HenricoVarina Grove22 SR 5 – Varina, Charles CitySigned as exits 22A (east) and 22B (west)
25
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 BridgeAccess from southbound I-295 to eastbound I-64 via both cloverleaf ramp and additional flyover ramp; 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 AirportSigned as exits 31A (north) and 31B (south)
Hanover34 SR 615 (Creighton Road)Signed as exits 34A (east) and 34B (west)
Mechanicsville37 US 360 – Mechanicsville, TappahannockSigned 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, HanoverSigned as exits 41A (north) and 41B (south)
Henrico43A-B I-95 – Richmond, Washington, D.C.Signed as exits 43A (north) and 43B (south); I-95 exit 84
Glen Allen43C-D US 1 – Richmond, AshlandSigned as exits 43C (north) and 43D (south)
45Woodman RoadSigned as exits 45A (north) and 45B (south)
49 US 33 – Richmond, MontpelierSigned as exits 49A (west) and 49B (east)
51Nuckols RoadSigned as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)
52.7584.8953 I-64 to SR 288 / US 250 – Richmond, CharlottesvilleSigned as exits 53A (west) and 53B (east); I-64 exit 177; trumpet interchange.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Prince George County
  2. ^ 2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Chesterfield County
  3. ^ 2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Henrico County
  4. ^ 2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Hanover County
  5. ^ "Virginia Interstate Exits". Virginiadot.org. Retrieved 2011-09-19.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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