Interstate 95 South - Richmond Vicinity

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Interstate 95 South
Now south of Exit 86, Interstate 95 prepares to part with Exit 84A travel lanes onto Interstate 295 southbound. The junction features a left side off-ramp to the east Richmond Bypass. Ramps to Interstate 295 southbound feature a gradual sweeping curve to allow motorists to maintain freeway speeds. A left side merge occurs at Interstate 295 where Exit 84A ends. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Southbound Interstate 95 approaches Exits 84A-B, Junction Interstate 295. Prior to the completion of Interstate 295 south of Interstate 64, all through traffic used Interstate 95 (Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike). With the diversion of through traffic onto Interstate 295 and a new James River bridge, Interstate 95 saw a reduction in through traffic. In 2010, speed limits along Interstate 295 were upped to 70 mph in rural areas, adding to the appeal of the bypass route.
According to old maps, Interstate 295 was originally planned as a beltway designation around Richmond. Today, the beltway is complete, with Virginia 288 and Virginia 895 (Pocahontas Parkway) providing the southern arc of the beltway around the capital city. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The next sign bridge of Exit 84A features trailblazers for Interstate 64 east and Interstate 85 south. Unfortunately for motorists destined to Interstate 85, there is no direct connection from Interstate 295 southbound. Traffic is advised to remain on the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike through Richmond and Petersburg to access the southbound beginning of the Virginia to Alabama route. Interstate 295 southbound provides a through route for Hampton Roads traffic via Interstate 64 east. The north Richmond bypass meets I-64 in 15 miles to the east. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 295 southbound traffic departs Interstate 95 at Exit 84A. The left panel saw the removal of Miami, Florida as a secondary control point in 2001. Miami, Florida remains as the second control city for Interstate 95 southbound at the Interstate 85 split (Exit 51). It is unknown if the usage of the city was for novelty purposes or because VDOT wanted to feature the endpoint of Interstate 95. The city of Atlanta, Georgia is also placed as a control city for Interstate 85, second to that of Durham, North Carolina. The left lane defaults onto southbound Interstate 295, while the main lanes continue south along Interstate 95 toward Richmond. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The next ramp is a right exit from southbound Interstate 95 onto Interstate 295 northwest to I-64 west. Interstate 64 serves destinations such as Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, Skyline Drive, Waynesboro, Staunton and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound Interstate 95 reaches Exit 84, Junction Interstate 295 northwest to Interstate 64 near Short Pump. Photo taken 06/17/05.
The next exit along southbound is Exits 83B-A for Virginia 73 (Parham Road) in one mile. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Use Virginia 73 (Parham Road) west (Exit 83B) to Laurel and Interstate 64 Exit 181. This interchange marks the northeastern terminus of Virginia 73. As for Parham Road east (Exit 83A), it is a fairly short route that connects Interstate 95 with U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 (Chamberlayne Avenue). Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Southbound Interstate 95 reaches Exit 83B, Virginia 73 (Parham Road) west to Laurel. A bridge rehabilitation project for the Scott Road overpass relocated the Exit 83 overheads onto a new sign bridge by 2010. Photo taken 07/01/05. Second photo taken 07/09/10.
The second half of this cloverleaf interchange is Exit 83B, Parham Road west to U.S. 301 & Virginia 2. U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 head north to a junction with Interstate 295, then onward to Hanover and Bowling Green. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The first interchange south of Interstate 295 on Interstate 95 is that of Exit 82. Here U.S. 301 (Chamberlayne Avenue) touches the Interstate 95 from the east before entering the city of Richmond street grid. U.S. 301 merges with U.S. 1 via Azalea Avenue and Brook Road one half mile to the south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Three quarters of a mile north of U.S. 301 (Exit 82). Speed limits along this stretch were raised from 55 to 60 mph between July and October of 2005.
Featured to the left is a three-mile advisory sign of the upcoming Exit 79 junction with Interstate 64 and Interstate 195 south. There Interstate 95 southbound merges with Interstate 64 eastbound to form the beginnings of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike. Interstate 195 stems from the junction southwestward as a 3.24-mile freeway spur into the central business district of Richmond. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 301 (Chamberlayne Road) momentarily separates into split roadways as it passes over Interstate 95. Exit 82 joins U.S. 301 south from the left side after it Chamberlayne Road passes over the freeway. U.S. 301 continues south to Brook Hill and north Richmond. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 95 yields Exit 79 to Interstate 64 west (Charlottesville) and Interstate 195 south (Downtown) at the Bellevue Avenue overpass to Joseph Bryan Park. The ramp of Exit 79 splits to the west at a tri-level stack interchange. Interstate 195 directly ties into the Virginia 76 Powhite Parkway, with connections to U.S. 60 and 360 to the Chesterfield County suburbs. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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The next interchange along southbound is the split of Interstate 95: south Interstate 95/east Interstate 64 (left lanes) and Interstate 195/Downtown Expressway (right lanes) to Interstate 64 west to Charlottesville (right lanes). Photos taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 195, a north-south spur route from Interstate 95 to downtown Richmond, provides connections to a variety of freeways and parkways, including Virginia 76 (Powhite Parkway) and Virginia 195 (Downtown Expressway). Virginia 76 and Virginia 195 are both toll roads. Photo taken 07/09/10.
An on-ramp merges onto Interstate 95 southbound from Virginia 161 (Hermitage Boulevard) one quarter mile north of the split with Interstate 195 south (Exit 79). A small guide sign advises motorists of the upcoming ramp to Interstate 64 west and the southbound Beltline Expressway. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The right lane is exit only for Interstate 64 west. As noted earlier, Interstate 64 is a major route across central Virginia, and it is mostly directed accessed from southbound Interstate 95 via Interstate 295 northwest. However, this ramp is available for those who missed the connection or are approaching from the vicinity of Parham Road. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound Interstate 95 reaches Exit 79, Junction Interstate 195 south and Interstate 64 west. Although numbered with an odd prefix, Interstate 195 provides a limited access connection back to Interstate 95 via the tolled Virginia 195 (Downtown Expressway). Virginia 195 is administered by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority and follows the northeast edge of the James River to link Interstate 195/Virginia 76 with Interstate 95 southbound. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Upon leaving the interchange for Exit 79, Interstates 64-95 enter the city of Richmond, home to 197,800 people per the 2000 Census. With over 43 inches of precipitation per year, Richmond is surrounded by forest, wetlands, and pastoral areas. A large river passes along the southwestern edge of downtown (James River), and this river forms one of the major tributaries of Chesapeake Bay. Meanwhile, now that Interstate 95 south and Interstate 64 east are merged together, they will use Interstate 95's mileposts and exit numbers. The first exit from this joint freeway is Exit 78, Virginia 161/Boulevard, one half mile. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Interstates 64 east & 95 south
Virginia 161 follows the Boulevard south, skirting the western edge of downtown Richmond before crossing the James River via the tolled Boulevard Bridge. From there, Virginia 161 follows Western Hills Boulevard, Belt Boulevard, and Bells Boulevard southeast to rejoin Interstate 95 at Exit 69 (just north of the Virginia 150/Virginia 895 interchange). Photo taken 10/02/05.
Exit 78 leaves I-64 east & 95 south for Virginia 161 (Boulevard). Heading north, Virginia 161 connects with Hermitage Road and Hilliard Road before ending at U.S. 1 (Brook Road) near Belmont Park Golf Course. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Interstate 64 leaves the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike in two miles. Photo taken 10/02/05.
To reach Richmond International Airport or the Downtown Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, use Exit 75, Interstate 64 east. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Belvidere Street carries U.S. 1 & 301 south from their split with Chamberlayne Avenue to Broad Street and downtown Richmond. Virginia 33 continues Broad Street east from U.S. 33 & 250. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Mileage sign listing the succeeding three exits from I-95 south: Exit 76B, U.S. 1-301 (Belvidere Street); Exit 75, Interstate 64 east to RIC Airport; and Exit 74C, U.S. 250 (Broad Street). Photo taken 06/01/04.
Traveling east from Richmond, Interstate 64 angles southeasterly toward Williamsburg, Jamestown, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Sinking toward Exit 76B on the one-quarter mile approach to Belvidere Street. Northeast of this interchange, U.S. 1 follows Chamberlayne Avenue and Brook Road, while U.S. 301 heads north on Chamberlayne Road, picking up Virginia 2 in Chamberlayne Heights. Photo taken 10/02/05.
The original toll plaza for the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike was located west of the Belvidere Street off-ramp (Exit 76B) along Interstate 64 east & 95 south. Exit 76B connects with parallel Leigh Street, one block from its intersection with U.S. 1 & 301. Gilmer Street flows south from the ramp end to U.S. 33 & 250 (Broad Street) as well. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Interstates 64-95 next approach Exit 75, where the two routes divide. Interstate 64 continues southeast toward Hampton Roads, while Interstate 95 will pass through downtown Richmond and then continue south toward North Carolina and South Carolina. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Since Interstate 64 serves so many destinations in the Hampton Roads area, many of the cities need to be repeated on separate signs. In addition, keep in mind that the airport is reached via Interstate 64 east. Photo taken 07/01/05.
A ramp from Exit 75 connects Interstates 64-95 to Third Street and downtown. Use Third Street southwest to Virginia 33/Leigh Street east to the Coliseum. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Southbound Interstate 95/eastbound Interstate 64 prepare to split. The two right lanes access Interstate 64, while the three left lanes continue south along Interstate 95. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Interstate 64 arcs northeast from Interstate 95 via Exit 75 to Central Gardens and Oak Hill before resuming an eastward course to Highland Springs and Interstate 295 east of Seven Pines. Photo taken 07/01/05.
This view of the two lane transition ramp from Interstate 95 south to Interstate 64 also shows the split off for the ramp to Third Street (just beyond the First Street overpass). Photo taken 07/01/05.
Interstate 95 South
Immediately after Interstates 64 and 95 split, the next exit along southbound is Exit 74C, Junction U.S. 250/Broad Street. This exit indirectly connects to U.S. 360/17th Street and 18th Street Couplet, U.S. 60/Virginia 5/Main Street, and Virginia 33/Leigh Street/Nine Mile Road. Unfortunately, this sign incorrectly states that this exit connects to U.S. 33, but that is untrue. U.S. 33 reaches its southeastern terminus at the intersection of Broad Street and Hancock Street, which is the same point where Virginia 33 reaches its northwestern terminus. Together, U.S. 33 and Virginia 33 form one route that follows a variety of city streets through Richmond, but the conversion point from U.S. to state route is well to the northwest of Exit 74C. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Following Exit 74C, Junction U.S. 250 (Broad Street) is Exit 74B, Franklin Street, which runs east-west parallel to U.S. 60 (Main & Cary Streets) couplet. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Southbound Interstate 95 reaches Exit 74C, Junction U.S. 250 (Broad Street). Use Broad Street northwest to reach the state capital, city hall, Virginia Commonwealth University, and U.S. 33. Use U.S. 250 southeast to reach U.S. 360 at 17th and 18th Streets and U.S. 60 at 21st Street. The intersection of Broad Street and 21st Street is where U.S. 250 reaches its southeastern terminus. U.S. 60 takes over Broad Street from that point southeast until it reaches Chimborazo Park. Photo taken 10/02/05.
The second to last downtown area exit of Richmond departs Interstate 95 to Franklin Street (Exit 74B). U.S. 250 (Broad Street) travels over the freeway, linked to Interstate 95 by ramps related to Exit 74C. There is access to Virginia 33/Leigh Street (extension of U.S. 33) via Exit 74C. The eastern terminus of Virginia 195 (Downtown Expressway) occurs in one half mile (Exit 74A). Photo taken 06/01/04.
Interstate 95 (Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike) elevates high over the north banks of the James River to junction with the Downtown Expressway toll highway of Virginia 195. The east-west roadway travels through downtown Richmond to Interstate 195 and the Powhite Parkway (Virginia 76). The interchange between the two highways resides at the north end of the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike crossing of the James River. Thus the interchange is stacked. Photo taken 10/02/05.
Interstate 95 descends from the James River bridge into a trumpet interchange with Maury Street (Exit 73). Exit 73 links the freeway with 4th and Maury Streets, four blocks to the east of U.S. 360 (Hull Street). Photo taken 07/01/05.
Maury Street west from Exit 73 travels four blocks to Commerce Road, a north-south arterial serving industrial areas parallel to Interstate 95. A mileage sign is placed to the left in lieu of a standard pull-through panel. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Reassurance shield assembly for Interstate 95 posted after the on-ramp from 4th and Maury Streets. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The final Richmond city interchange of Interstate 95 occurs at the southern terminus of Virginia 161 (Exit 69). Virginia 161 scoots through western reaches of the city along Boulevard, Park Drive, Westover Hills Boulevard, East Belt Road, and Bells Road among other surface streets in Richmond (pop. 197,790). The state highway sees two other interchanges with Interstate 95 at Exit 78 and 80. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Interstate 95 southbound, one half mile out from the Exit 69 trumpet interchange. Paralleling the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike are the frontage roads of Commerce Road (southbound side) and Deepwater Terminal Road (northbound side). Bells Road (Virginia 161) ends at Commerce Road just north of the Exit 69 ramps. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Interstate 95 southbound at the southern terminus of Virginia 161 (Exit 69). Virginia 161 utilizes Commerce Road for one third of a mile between the Exit 69 trumpet and Walmsley Boulevard to Bells Road. Exit 69 also serves the Port of Richmond. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Attached to the Exit 69 trumpet interchange overpass is the 1.25 mile guide sign of Exit 67 (Virginia 150). Interstate 95 leaves the Richmond city limits and enters Chesterfield County between Virginia 161 and the southern terminus of Virginia 150. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Drawing to within 0.75 miles of Virginia 150 northbound (Exit 67) on Interstate 95 south. Coming into view are flyovers associated with the majestic Virginia 895 (Pocahontas Parkway) interchange (Exit 67A on northbound). Photo taken 07/01/05.
Southbound at the northbound beginning of Virginia 150 (Chippenham Parkway). Chippenham Parkway comprises a four to six lane freeway between the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike and Forest Hill Avenue (SSR 683) near Gravel Hill and Oxford. The highway forms a southwestern belt line between I-95 and Powhite Parkway (Virginia 76). Photo taken 07/09/10.
The scene of Interstate 95 south at Exit 67 before the interchange construction of Virginia 895 east was complete. Virginia 150 provides direct connections with U.S. 60 (Midlothian Turnpike) and U.S. 360 (Hull Street Road) along the Richmond city/Chesterfield county line. An interchange sequence sign features distances to Exits 64, 62, and 61. Photo taken 10/14/01.
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The Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike enters the Virginia 150 north and Virginia 895 east stack interchange. There is no flyover from Interstate 95 south to Virginia 895 eastbound at the present time. The reason for the omission involves a low expected traffic demand and high cost benefit for that particular segment of the interchange. Construction costs for the connection run high because of the magnitude of a flyover needed to connect with the adjacent high level Pocahontas Parkway bridge over the James River (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge). However, by 2010 or later, as traffic demands increase, it is likely that such a connection will be built. Photos taken 07/09/10.
Attached to the overpass carrying Virginia 150 southbound motorists onto Interstate 95 northbound is a southbound mileage sign posted 16 miles north of Petersburg and 58 miles out from Emporia. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 95 maintains six overall lanes throughout the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike segment. Pictured here is advance signage for the diamond interchange (Exit 64) with Willis Road (SSR 613). Photo taken 07/09/10.
SSR 613 (Willis Road) spurs eastward from U.S. 1 and U.S. 301 (Jefferson Davis Highway) to the Bellwood Manor community east of the turnpike. Photo taken 07/01/05.
Southbound at the diamond interchange for Exit 64. The interchange sequence sign over the mainline displays distances to Virginia 288 north (Exit 63), Virginia 10 (Exit 61) and Woods Edge Road (Exit 58). Virginia 288 forms the western Richmond bypass between the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike and Interstate 64. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Virginia 288 sees its northbound beginning from the Exit 62 trumpet interchange of Interstate 95. Virginia 288 travels west to Chesterfield and U.S. 360 (Hull Street Road) and Virginia 76 (Powhite Parkway). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 62 departs Interstate 95 northbound for Virginia 288. Virginia 288 stretches 30.2 miles northwest to Exit 175 of Interstate 64 in Goochland County. The beltway opened in stages between 1989 and November 19, 2004. Photo taken 07/09/10.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/14/01 by AARoads.
  • 06/01/04 by AARoads.
  • 06/17/05 by AARoads.
  • 07/01/05 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 10/02/05 by Justin Cozart.
  • 07/09/10 by AARoads.
  • 12/30/12 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 01-14-2013.