Interstate 95 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of Interstate 95 in Virginia. For the entire route, 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 Skippers, Virginia
North end: I-95 / I-495 in Alexandria
Counties: Greensville, City of Emporia, Sussex, Prince George, City of Petersburg, City of Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, City of Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylania, City of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Prince William, Fairfax, City of Alexandria
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 D.C., then 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.[2][3] 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 a 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 D.C.

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 briefly into D.C., and then into Maryland.

Auxiliary routes[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.[5][6]

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.[7]


Welcome Centers, rest areas and weigh stations[edit]

  • Northbound Virginia Welcome Center: Milepost 1, north of VA State Line
  • Northbound Petersburg Welcome Center: Milepost 35 between Exits 33 and 37
  • Carson Weigh Stations: Milepost 40 between Exits 37 and 41
  • Ladysmith Rest Areas: Milepost 108 between Exits 104 and 110
  • Southbound Fredericksburg Rest Area: Milepost 132 between Exits 130 and 133
  • Dumfries Rest Area and Weigh Stations: Milepost 153 between Exits 152 and 156
  • Dale City Rest Areas: Milepost 155 between Exits 152 and 156

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Greensville   0.00 0.00 I‑95 south – Rocky Mount Southern terminus of I-95 in Virginia; North Carolina state line
Skippers 4.13 6.65 4 SR 629 – Skippers
  8.25 13.28 8 US 301 – Emporia
City of Emporia 11.00 17.70 11 US 58 – South Hill, Emporia, Norfolk Signed as exits 11A (west) and 11B (east)
Greensville   12.99 20.91 12 US 301 north Northbound exit only
  13.51 21.74 13 SR 614 – Emporia
Sussex   17.30 27.84 17 US 301
  20.25 32.59 20 SR 631 – Jarratt former SR 137; to SR 139
Owens 24.29 39.09 24 SR 645
Stony Creek 30.92 49.76 31 SR 40 – Stony Creek, Waverly
  33.37 53.70 33 SR 602
Prince George Carson 37.15 59.79 37 SR 623 – Carson former SR 141 west
Templeton 40.88 65.79 41 US 301 / SR 35 / SR 156 – Courtland
  45.42 73.10 45 US 301
  46.53 74.88 46 I‑295 north to I‑64 – Washington, Richmond International Airport I-295 to 95 north exit 1
City of Petersburg 47.74 76.83 47 SR 629 (Rives Road)
48.89 78.68 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
51.71 83.22 51 I‑85 south / US 460 west – South Hill, Blackstone, Durham, Atlanta Northern end of US 460 concurrency
52.15 83.93 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 52.79 84.96 Appomattox River Bridge
City of Colonial Heights 53.00 85.30 53 Southpark Boulevard
53.98 86.87 54 SR 144 (Temple Avenue) to SR 36
Chesterfield Colonial Heights 57.91 93.20 58 SR 620 (Woods Edge Road) / SR 746 (Ruffin Mill Road) signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east) southbound
Chester 60.81 97.86 61 SR 10 to I‑295 – Chester, Hopewell Signed as exits 61A (east) and 61B (west)
Chester 62.62 100.78 62 SR 288 north to I‑64 / SR 76 / to Powhite Parkway (SR 76) – Chesterfield
  64.66 104.06 64 SR 613 (Willis Road)
Bensley 67.43 108.52 67 SR 150 north (Chippenham Parkway) to SR 895 east to US 60 west / US 360 west / I‑295 – 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 69.35 111.61 69 SR 161 (Bells Road)
73.16 117.74 73 Maury Street / Commerce Road
James River 73.61 118.46 James River Bridge
City of Richmond 74.01 119.11 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
74.63 120.11 74C US 250 (Broad Street) to US 33 no access from I-95 south to US 250 east
75.55 121.59 75 I‑64 east / 7th Street – Williamsburg, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond International Airport Southern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 190
75.85 122.07 76A US 1 / US 301 Northbound exit and southbound entrance
76.09 122.45 76B US 1 / US 301 (Belvidere Street) No northbound exit
78.06 125.63 78 Boulevard (SR 161)
78.84 126.88 79 I‑64 west / I‑195 south / to Powhite Parkway (SR 76 south) – Charlottesville Northern end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 exit 187
79.91 128.60 80 SR 161 (Hermitage Road / Lakeside Avenue) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Henrico Brook Hill 80.82 130.07 81 US 1 (Brook Road) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  81.12 130.55 82 US 301 / SR 2 (Chamberlayne Avenue)
Yellow Tavern 82.94 133.48 83 SR 73 west (Parham Road) Signed as exits 83A (east) and 83B (west)
  84.41 135.84 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   87.30 140.50 86 SR 656 – Atlee, Elmont Signed as exits 86A (east) and 86B (west)
Lewistown 89.09 143.38 89 SR 802 (Lewistown Road)
Ashland 91.74 147.64 92 SR 54 – Ashland, Hanover Signed as exits 92A (east) and 92B (west) northbound
  97.75 157.31 98 SR 30 – Doswell, West Point, Kings Dominion
Caroline Carmel Church 104.18 167.66 104 SR 207 to US 301 – Carmel Church, Bowling Green
Ladysmith 110.30 177.51 110 SR 639 – Ladysmith to former SR 229 west
Spotsylvania Thornburg 118.26 190.32 118 SR 606 – Thornburg
  125.84 202.52 126 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 129.54 208.47 130 SR 3 – Culpeper, Fredericksburg Signed as exits 130A (east) and 130B (west)
Rappahannock River 131.83 212.16 Rappahannock Falls Bridge
Stafford   133.08 214.17 133
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
  135.61 218.24 136 SR 8900 (Centreport Parkway) to US 1 – Stafford Airport Exit opened December 22, 2005
Stafford 139.83 225.03 140 SR 630 – Stafford to former SR 212 east
Aquia 142.73 229.70 143 US 1 / SR 610 – Garrisonville, Aquia Signed as exits 143A (US 1 / SR 610 east) and 143B (SR 610 west); former SR 213
  I‑95 Express north northbound exit and southbound entrance
Prince William   147.65 237.62 148 Marine Corps Base Quantico
Triangle 149.97 241.35 150 SR 619 – Triangle, Quantico, Prince William Forest Park Signed as exits 150A (east) and 150B (west) southbound
  I‑95 Express north northbound exit and southbound entrance
Dumfries 152.36 245.20 152 SR 234 – Manassas, Dumfries Signed as exits 152A (south) and 152B (north)
Dale City 155.91 250.91 156 SR 784 – Dale City, Rippon Landing
  I‑95 Express northbound exit and southbound entrance
  158.13 254.49 158 SR 294 (Prince William Parkway) – Woodbridge, Manassas Signed as exits 158A (east) and 158B (west)
Woodbridge 160.05 257.58 160 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 160.79 258.77 Purple Heart Bridge
Fairfax   161.17 259.38 161 US 1 north – Fort Belvoir, Mount Vernon Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  161.17 259.38 161 US 1 south – Woodbridge Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Lorton 163.66 263.39 163 SR 642 – Lorton
  165.56 266.44 I‑95 Express northbound exit and southbound entrance
Newington 166.35 267.71 166 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)
I‑95 Express southbound exit and northbound entrance
167 SR 617 south (Backlick Road) / Fullerton Road (SR 4502 / SR 4600) Southbound exit only
Springfield 169.05 272.06 169 SR 644 (Old Keene Mill Road / Franconia Road) – Franconia, Springfield Signed as exits 169A (east) and 169B (west)
I‑95 Express northbound exit and southbound entrance
169.05 272.06 170A I‑395 north – Washington Part of Springfield Interchange; signed northbound as exit 170A and southbound as exit 170B; I-395 exits 0A-B
171.01 275.21 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
  171.97 276.76 173 SR 613 (Van Dorn Street) – Franconia
  173.51 279.24 174 Eisenhower Avenue Connector – Alexandria
  175.06 281.73 176 SR 241 / SR 611 south (Telegraph Road / North Kings Highway) / to Eisenhower Avenue – Alexandria signed as exits 176A (south) and 176B (north)
  176.57 284.16 Eisenhower Avenue southbound exit and northbound entrance (thru lanes)
City of Alexandria 176.57 284.16 177 US 1 – Alexandria, Fort Belvoir Signed as exits 177A (south) and 177B (north)
177C George Washington Memorial Parkway to SR 400 – Mount Vernon southbound exit only
177.64 285.88 I-95 north / I-495 north - Baltimore Woodrow Wilson Bridge over Potomac River (crosses District of Columbia boundary, then Maryland state line)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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.[8]


External links[edit]

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