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Virginia 288 North

Virginia 288 north
The section of Virginia 288 between Interstate 95 and Virginia 76 (Powhite Parkway) was opened to traffic in 1990, making it one of the older sections of the freeway. This is perspective of the southern end of Virginia 288 as seen on the transition ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to northbound Virginia 288. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The first exit on northbound Virginia 288 is the interchange with U.S. 1-301, Jefferson Davis Highway. U.S. 1-301 south of Richmond is named in honor of the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis during the Civil War Era of United States History (1861-1865). His name carries controversy, since it he is linked to an era of great difficulty in American history. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the offramp to U.S. 1-301/Jefferson Davis Highway north to Kingsland, Bensley, and downtown Richmond. The highway closely parallels Interstate 95, providing local access to areas close to the freeway route. U.S. 1 is part of a major north-south, transcontinental highway, originating in Key West, Florida, and traveling northeast all the way to Fort Kent, Maine. At the northern end, U.S. 1 connects to the network of highways in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The following ramp connects northbound Virginia 288 with southbound U.S. 1-301/Jefferson Davis Highway. Although close to Interstate 95, U.S. 1-301 is a multi-lane divided highway. To the south, U.S. 1-301 travels toward Colonial Heights and Petersburg while skirting Chester to the east. Once in Petersburg, U.S. 1 and U.S. 301 split. U.S. 1 aims southwest toward Raleigh, North Carolina, while U.S. 301 continues to shadow Interstate 95 all the way to South Carolina. U.S. 301 continues all the way to Sarasota, Florida, ending at U.S. 41. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next three exits along northbound Virginia 288 are: Virginia 145, Chester Road; Virginia 10, Iron Bar Road; and Virginia Secondary 604, Courthouse Road (to Virginia Secondary 649/Newby's Bridge Road and Virginia Secondary 651/Belmont Road). Note the trailblazer shield "To Interstate 95" posted next to the Virginia 288 reassurance shield here. This connection is made by taking Virginia 288 north to Virginia 76 east to Interstate 195 north. Photo taken 08/08/04.
According to Scott Kozel's site, the entire Virginia 288 corridor is 32.8 miles long, but this mileage sign indicates a 34-mile distance to the junction with Interstate 64. Based on mileposts placed along the freeway and map research, it appears that Mr. Kozel's calculations are more accurate than this mileage signs. It may be that this distance also includes the length of the transition ramps between Virginia 288 and Interstate 64. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Virginia 145 is Chester Road, connecting Virginia 10 in Chester with U.S. 1-301/Jefferson Davis Highway between Kingsland and Bensley. Photo taken 06/01/05.

Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the offramp for Virginia 145/Chester Road. Use Virginia 145 south to Virginia 144 south to Chester; use Virginia 145 southwest to Centralia and Chesterfield. Photo taken 08/08/04.
The next three exits along northbound Virginia 288 are: Junction Virginia 10, Iron Bar Road; Junction Virginia Secondary 604, Courthouse Road (to Virginia Secondary 649/Newby's Bridge Road and Virginia Secondary 651/Belmont Road); and Junction U.S. 306, Hull Street Road. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Although Virginia 288 is mileposted from south to north, there are no exit numbers on the freeway. The Virginia 10 interchange, which serves Chesterfield and Chester, is the next exit, located near the sixth milepost of Virginia 288. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The interchange between Virginia 288 and Virginia 10/Iron Bridge Road features two off-ramps from northbound Virginia 288: the first connects to northbound Virginia 10 to Richmond, and the second ramp transitions to southbound (eastbound) Virginia 10. In general, Virginia 10 travels northwest-southeast. Through here, Virginia 10 travels north-south between Richmond and Chester, but it shifts to the southeast after departing Chester. The highway begins in Suffolk, following the west bank of the James River all the way northwest to Richmond, where it ends at Virginia 161. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the off-ramp to northbound ("west") Virginia 10/Iron Bridge Road. The next exit is the ramp to southbound ("east") Virginia 10. Use Virginia 10 west/north to reach the Chesterfield County Airport. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next exit along northbound Virginia 288 is Junction Virginia Secondary 604, Courthouse Road. While the interchange only serves Virginia 604, you can use Virginia 604 to Virginia Secondary 649/Newby's Bridge Road and Virginia Secondary 651/Belmont Road). Both of these roads head northeast toward Richmond. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Use Virginia Secondary 604 east to reach Pocahontas State Park. The park is located along Swift Creek and features hiking along Beaver Lake. Visit the official site to review the Pocahontas State Park Map and Guide (PDF) for more information. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the off-ramp to Virginia Secondary 604. Virginia 604 parallels Virginia 288 between the Powhite Parkway (Virginia 76) interchange in the west and Virginia 10 (Iron Bridge Road) interchange in the east. Photo taken 08/08/04.
The next exit along northbound is the interchange with U.S. 360, Hull Street Road. U.S. 360 crosses the state of Virginia in a diagonal, originating in Danville to the southwest and ending in Reedville along Chesapeake Bay. Through Chesterfield County south of Richmond, U.S. 360 follows Hull Street, crossing the James River near the Interstate 95/Interstate 195 junction. U.S. 360 and U.S. 60 briefly merge in the vicinity of Broad Street (U.S. 250), then separate shortly thereafter. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 360 is designated as "Hull Street Road" because U.S. 360 is considered to be an extension of Hull Street as it travels out of the urban areas of Chesterfield County and into the rural areas near Swift Creek Reservoir. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Use U.S. 360/Hull Street Road northeast toward Richmond via the first ramp of the interchange; use the second ramp to connect to U.S. 360/Hull Street Road west to Amelia. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The dual freeway configuration ends at the return ramp onto Virginia 288 north for motorists emanating from the Commonweatlh Centre Parkway partial interchange. Travelers bound for U.S. 360 (Hull Street Road) east depart otherwise. Photo taken 06/01/05.
This image shows the temporary signed installed over the Virginia 288 freeway mainline from when the freeway ended at a half-built cloverleaf interchange with then Virginia 76 (Powhite Parkway) east / Virginia Secondary 652 (Old Hundred Road) west. Photo taken 08/08/04.
A loop ramp serves as the connection from northbound Virginia 288 to westbound U.S. 360 to Amelia. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next exit along northbound Virginia 288 is the junction with Virginia 76 (Powhite Parkway). Virginia 76 is a freeway, with a toll section to the northeast and a free section to the southwest. A relatively short state route, Virginia 76 begins SSR 652 (Old Hundred Road) to the west and ends at Virginia 195/Interstate 195 in downtown Richmond.
Note the "Virginia 288 ends signs" posted one half mile south of the previous freeway end point. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Virginia 76 is a high speed route to Richmond, faster than the surface street routes (such as U.S. 360) that travel to Richmond. A toll is charged to make the connection from Virginia 288 to Interstate 195 and downtown Richmond. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The "exit" for Virginia 76 actually connects to three separate ramps: Virginia 76/Powhite Parkway north; Virginia 76/Old Hundred Road south; and Virginia Secondary 720/Lucks Lane. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the transition ramp onto the dual freeway local lanes for the next three offramps (Virginia 76 and Virginia Secondary 720). Photo taken 06/01/05.
Virginia 288 reconfigures from a rural, four-lane freeway into an eight-lane, urban local/express freeway configuration. The left two lanes continue north on Virginia 288 as a through route, while two new lanes will be created to the right to serve Virginia 76 and Virginia Secondary 720. Photo taken 06/01/05.
As seen from the mainlanes, the local lanes split off the ramp to northbound Virginia 76/Powhite Parkway (toll) to Richmond. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next ramp from the local lanes serves as the connection to Virginia 76 south to Old Hundred Road. Photo taken 06/01/05.
A historical look at the Virginia 76 collector/distributor roadway from when Virginia 288 ended at the Powhite Parkway cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 08/08/04.
This picture shows the configuration of the dual freeway is in use for both directions of Virginia 288. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the offramp for Virginia 720/Lucks Lane. From here, Virginia 288 is a much more recent construction, with the completion of the final segment not done until 2004, some 16 years after the original segment was built (the section between U.S. 360 and Virginia 76 was the first part of the freeway to be opened, back in 1988). The dual freeway (collector-distributor) lanes were built more recently. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next exit along northbound is Exit 17, Junction Virginia Secondary 3840, Woolridge Road (one mile). Photo taken 06/01/05.
Virginia Secondary 3840 serves as a local connection in western Chesterfield County. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The interchange between Virginia 288 and Virginia Secondary 3840 is a diamond interchange. Photo taken 06/01/05.
After Virginia Secondary 3840, the next interchange is with U.S. 60, Midlothian Turnpike. U.S. 60 is as close to an east-west transcontinental route in Chesterfield County as one could find. It begins in western Arizona near Quartzsite, extending east through Phoenix (Arizona), New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Much of the route east of Frankfort, Kentucky, has been superceded by Interstate 64, but not all of it by any stretch. Photo taken 06/01/05.
This northbound Virginia 288 shield is posted under a set of power lines that briefly paralleled Virginia 288 between Virginia Secondary 3840 and U.S. 60. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Locally, U.S. 60 treads a path across the centerline of Virginia. Entering the state via Interstate 64 near White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, U.S. 60 splits off Interstate 64 near Lexington, then follows its own path through Buena Vista, Amherst, Buckingham, Cumberland, Powhatan, and Richmond. From Richmond eastward to Norfolk, U.S. 60 follows Interstate 64 closely. Once in Norfolk, U.S. 60 travels toward its end in Virginia Beach. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The U.S. 60 interchange is designed with a collector-distributor lane, so traffic for east and west U.S. 60 should depart Virginia 288 here. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The first ramp on the collector-distributor lane is for U.S. 60 east to Midlothian and Richmond via Midlothian Turnpike. Despite the perception held by some that all turnpikes are tolled freeways, in this case, the turnpike is a free, divided highway (not controlled access). Photo taken 06/01/05.
Here, the collector-distributor lane connects to U.S. 60 west en route to Powhatan. Powhatan serves as the southern terminus of U.S. 522. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Leaving the U.S. 60 interchange area, Virginia 288 sees this northbound shield and signs of construction to the east for the Westchester Commons southbound side ramps. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Virginia 288 parallels Michauk Creek northward and enters Powhatan County. Photo taken 12/21/08.
The next two exits along northbound are Junction Virginia Secondary 711, Huguenot Trail/Robious Road and Junction Virginia 6, Patterson Road. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Use Virginia 711/Robious Road east to meet U.S. 60/Midlothian Turnpike near the Bon Air Learning Center. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the offramp to Virginia Secondary 711 (Huguenot Trail and Robious Road). To the west, Virginia Secondary 711 follows the southern bank of the James River, meeting U.S. 522 in Jefferson just north of Powhatan and south of Goochland. Photo taken 12/21/08.
This Virginia 288 reassurance shield is found on northbound after the Virginia Secondary 711 interchange. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Virginia 288 departs Powhatan County and enters Goochland County upon crossing the James River. The bridge over the James River was opened to traffic in August 2004. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Northbound Virginia 288 crosses the James River on a high level bridge, staying well above the flood stage of the river. Mile 25 of Virginia 288 is found near the midpoint of the bridge. Photo taken 12/21/08.
The next exit along northbound is the junction with Virginia 6, Patterson Avenue. Virginia 6 follows the north bank of the James River, beginning in Afton near the Interstate 64/U.S. 250/Skyline Drive interchange east of Waynesboro. The highway gets close to the James River near Scottsville, then continues east to Richmond. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Unlike the interchanges with Virginia 76 and U.S. 60, no collector-distributor lanes are in use for the Virginia 6 interchange. Photo taken 12/21/08.
A two-lane exit is in place for the connection from northbound Virginia 288 to eastbound Virginia 6. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Use Virginia 6/Patterson Avenue west to Goochland, the county seat (junction U.S. 522). The following exit is Junction Virginia 1250/West Creek Parkway. Between Virginia 6 and Virginia Secondary 1250, northbound Virginia 288 carries three lanes. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The right lane of Virginia 288 becomes exit only for Virginia Secondary 1250/West Creek Parkway. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the offramp for Virginia Secondary 1250, West Creek Parkway. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next exit along northbound Virginia 288 is the connection to Virginia Secondary 740/Tuckahoe Creek Parkway. Photo taken 06/01/05.
This interchange features two offramps, first to Virginia Secondary 740 east, then west. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The Virginia 740 interchange is the third to final interchange along northbound Virginia 288. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The next exit along northbound is the junction with U.S. 250, Broad Street. There is a whole host of services available on U.S. 250 eastbound in Short Pump, including restaurants, shopping, and gas. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The right lane becomes exit only for U.S. 250, Broad Street. U.S. 250 begins in Richmond, then travels northwest toward Sandusky, Ohio. It passes through central Virginia and West Virginia before entering eastern Ohio. Between Richmond and Staunton, U.S. 250 closely parallels Interstate 64 and is the business route through Charlottesville. Note the "Virginia 288 ENDS 1 Mile" sign. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Northbound Virginia 288 reaches the offramp for U.S. 250/Broad Street. The next and final exit along northbound is the interchange with Interstate 64, which marks the northern terminus of Virginia 288. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Interstate 64, which originates near St. Louis, Missouri, and extends east to Norfolk, carries east-west traffic through the Richmond area. Use the left lane to connect to Interstate 64 west to Charlottesville and use the right lane to connect to Interstate 64 east to Interstate 295/Interstate 95 and downtown Richmond. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The end of Virginia 288 is marked beneath this large diagrammatical sign, which also shows the lane allocation to both directions of Interstate 64. Photo taken 06/01/05.
The left two lanes transition onto westbound Interstate 64 en route to Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, and Staunton (Junction Interstate 81). The right two lanes transition onto Interstate 64 east toward Short Pump, Interstate 295, and downtown Richmond in Henrico County. To connect to Interstate 95 north, use Interstate 64 east to Interstate 295 east. Photo taken 06/01/05.

Photo Credits:
  • 2004-08-08 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 2005-06-01 by AARoads.
  • 2008-12-21 by AARoads.

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Interstate 64
Interstate 95
U.S. Highway 1
U.S. Highway 60
U.S. Highway 301
U.S. Highway 360
Virginia 6
Virginia 76 - Powhite Parkway

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