Interstate 295 South - Short Pump to Seven Pines

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Interstate 295 south
The first mainline interchange of the north Richmond bypass and Interstate 295 southbound is that of the Exit 51B/A cloverleaf at Nuckols Road. Nuckols Road loops between Virginia 271 (Pouncey Tract Road) and Virginia 157 (Springfield Road) to the north of Short Pump (pop. 182). Photo taken 06/02/03.
Next in line for Interstate 295 southbound motorists is the Exit 49B/A cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 33 (Staples Mill Road). Exit 49 is the first of two interchanges to serve the northern Richmond suburb of Glen Allen (pop. 12,562). U.S. 33 otherwise travels northward from Richmond through Greendale and Laurel (pop. 14,875) to Interstate 295 and Montpelier. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Similar to the configuration of the Exit 28 complex at Interstate 64 & U.S. 60, a lengthy collector distributor roadway system facilitates the movements of Interstate 295 with U.S. 1 (Brook Road) and Interstate 95 at the Exit 43 complex. A two-mile guide sign advises motorists of the upcoming junction between exits 49 and 45. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Drawing to within one quarter mile of the Exit 45B/A full cloverleaf at Woodman Road near Glen Allen. Woodman Road travels from Virginia 356 (Hilliard Road) to Virginia 73 (Parham Road) at Laurel Park northward to Interstate 295 and a nearby end at Greenwood Road. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Interstate 295 southbound at the departure of the Exit 43 collector distributor roadway for U.S. 1 and Interstate 95. Exits 43D/C are part of a full cloverleaf with U.S. 1 (Brook Road). U.S. 1 parallels Interstate 95 from Petersburg (pop. 33,740) northward to Alexandria (pop. 128,283). Photo taken 06/02/03.
Eastbound on the Interstate 295 Exit 43 collector distributor roadway at the Exit 43A cloverleaf ramp onto Interstate 95 northbound. Interstate 95 northbound travels to Fredericksburg (pop. 19,279) in 46 miles and Springfield (pop. 30,417) at the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) in 86 miles. Photo taken 10/14/01.
A sweeping three lane ramp splits with Interstate 95 south from Exit 84A to carry motorists bypassing Richmond onto Interstate 295 south. A pair of shields for I-295 reside along side the connector ahead of the stack with Virginia Center Parkway. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Mileage sign posted for the connections with Interstate 64 east (13 miles) and Interstate 95 south (43 miles) along the directional ramp from I-95 south onto I-295 south. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Traffic from Interstate 95 south merges onto Interstate 295 southbound at the Chickahominy River / Hanover County line. A guide sign for the connection to Interstate 64 east precedes Exit 28 by 12 miles. U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 (Chamberlayne Road) otherwise intersect Interstate 295 via a full cloverleaf in 0.75 miles at Exit 41. Photo taken 12/30/12.
U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 overlap between the city of Richmond (pop. 197,790) and Bowling Green (pop. 936). The paired routes travel 12 miles northward to Virginia 54 and the Hanover County seat by the same name. Chamberlayne Road travels southward two miles to Interstate 95 Exit 82.
A number of guide signs were replaced by early 2008 to utilize Clearview font. In the process of replacing these signs, light fixtures were removed. Photo taken 10/02/04.
U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 overlap between the city of Richmond and Bowling Green. The paired routes travel 12 miles northward to Virginia 54 and the Hanover County seat by the same name. Chamberlayne Road travels southward two miles to Interstate 95 Exit 82.
A number of guide signs were replaced by early 2008 to utilize Clearview font. In the process of replacing these signs, light fixtures were removed. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 295 south at Exit 41B for U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 (Chamberlayne Road) south to Richmond. The pair intersect the east end of Parham Road within one quarter mile of I-295. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 41A follows onto U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 (Chamberlayne Road) north. Chamberlayne Road intersects Virginia Secondary 637 (Atlee Road) near the community of Atlee nearby. Photo taken 12/30/12.
A south Interstate 295 shield follows the on-ramp from U.S. 301 & Virginia 2 north. Photo taken 12/30/12.
A poorly designed mileage sign highlights the distances to "Route I-64" and "Route I-95" in addition to the airport for Interstate 295 southbound motorists beyond Exit 41. Photo taken 12/30/12.
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One mile northwest of the Exit 38 full cloverleaf interchange with Virginia Secondary 627 (Meadowbridge Road). Meadowbridge Road travels between Ellerson and Pole Green Road. Photos taken 12/30/12.
A pair of overheads appear at the SSR 638 (Atlee Road) over crossing along Interstate 295 south. SSR 627 follows Pole Green Road east from Exit 38A to U.S. 360 east of Newmans. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Shady Grove Road passes over Interstate 295 south at the Exit 38B ramp departure to Virginia Secondary 638 (Meadowbridge Road) west to Ellerson and Richmond. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 38A loops onto Virginia Secondary 627 (Pole Green Road) east 1.5 miles north from the Exit 37 full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike). Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 295 turns more southward toward Mechanicsville next. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 295 meets U.S. 360 near Mechanicsville at Exits 37B/A. Known as Mechanicsville Turnpike, U.S. 360 departs the city of Richmond northeastward to Mechanicsville, Interstate 295, and Newmans. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Southbound at Exit 37B on Interstate 295. U.S. 360 west splits with U.S. 360 Business nearby, with the business route looping into Mechanicsville north of Mechanicsville Turnpike. Photo taken 12/30/12.
40 miles to the north of Exit 37A, U.S. 360 overlaps with U.S. 17 through Tappahannock. Newmans is 2.8 miles eastward. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Virginia 156 branches south from U.S. 360 at Mechanicsville and spans Interstate 295 eastward to Old Cold Harbor above this reassurance marker. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Six miles remain along I-295 south to junction I-64 and Richmond International Airport (RIC). The Richmond-Petersburg bypass ends in 36 miles. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Virginia Secondary 615 (Creighton Road) crosses paths with Interstate 295 south at the Exit 34 full cloverleaf interchange near Richmond National Battlefield Park. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 34B connects with Virginia Secondary 615 (Creighton Road) west to Laburnum Avenue around the city of Richmond. Photo taken 12/30/12.
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The overhead assembly at Exit 34B was removed by 2012 and replaced with a temporary ground level sign. Photo taken 01/02/08. Second photo taken 12/30/12.
Heading northeast, Virginia Secondary 615 leads to Virginia 156 (Cold Harbor Road) and Walnut Grove Road. Interests to the Cold Harbor Battlefield & Cemetery of Richmond National Park should use Virginia 156 east from Creighton Road. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Next in line for southbound travelers is the full cloverleaf interchange (Exit 31) with Virginia 156 (Airport Drive). Airport Drive connects the freeway with Richmond International Airport (RIC). Photo taken 12/30/12.
More signs appear advising southbound motorists on I-295 of the impending junction with Interstate 64 for eastbound destinations such as Williamsburg and Virginia Beach via Exit 28A. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interchange sequence sign posted above the southbound lanes for Virginia 156 (Exit 31), Interstate 64 west & U.S. 60 (Exit 28B) and I-64 east (Exit 28A). This type of mileage sign was used often in Delaware. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Virginia 156 (Airport Drive) intersects Interstate 295 east of Highland Springs. The state route loops from U.S. 60 at Richmond International Airport northward to Old Cold Harbor before turning west along Cold Harbor Road to Mechanicsville. Photo taken 12/30/12.
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All traffic bound for Williamsburg and Hampton Roads via Interstate 64 east is advised to move into the right lanes for the Exit 28 directional ramp in three miles as Interstate 295 spans the Chickahominy River and enters Henrico County. Photo taken 01/02/08. Second photo taken 12/30/12.
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Interstate 295 southbound at the 0.50 sign bridge for Exit 31B (Virginia 156 south). Virginia 156 follows Airport Drive southwest to Virginia 33 (Nine Mile Road) and Highgate Springs. Airport Drive sees an interchange with Interstate 64 (Exit 197) before its original end at U.S. 60. An extension of Airport Drive south to Virginia 895 (Pocahontas Parkway) was completed on January 14, 2011.
Note the new Clearview signs posted by early 2008 and the overlay of a new 0.75-mile panel over the old one. Photo taken 01/02/08. Second photo taken 12/30/12.
Virginia 156 turns east from Airport Drive at U.S. 60 south of its interchange with Interstate 64 (Exit 197). U.S. 60 & Virginia 33-156 share pavement eastward through Sandston and Seven Pines to their interchange with Interstate 295. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 31B finally departs Interstate 295 south for Virginia 156 (Airport Drive) south. Virginia 156 travels 57.41 miles overall between U.S. 360 Business and Interstate 95, U.S. 301, and Virginia 35 at Templeton. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 295 south at the Exit 31A loop ramp to Virginia 156 (Cold Harbor Road) north. A pair of guide signs prepare motorists for the Exit 28 collector distributor roadway to Interstate 64 west and U.S. 60. The Exit 28A ramp to Interstate 64 east and Hampton Roads departs independent of the c/d roadway. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The collector distributor roadway to Interstate 64 west and U.S. 60 (Williamsburg Road) departs the Interstate 295 mainline. A loop ramp to Interstate 64 eastbound originally handled the movements between Interstate 295 south via the c/d roadway. It is still open though not the primary ramp to Hampton Roads. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Construction in 2000-01 added a new two-lane directional ramp from Interstate 295 south to Interstate 64 east. The ramp provides part of the route between the Baltimore-Washington and Hampton Roads metropolitan areas. Constructed at a cost of $13.4, the two-lane ramp opened June 2001.1 Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 28B departs first as the c/d roadway for Interstate 64 west to Richmond and U.S. 60 (Williamsburg Road) west to Seven Pines and east to Providence Forge. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Approaching the split of Interstate 64 eastbound traffic from Interstate 295 south. The pull-through panel of the east Richmond bypass now displays the independent city of Hopewell in addition to Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Two lanes branch away from I-295 south to I-64 east. Interstate 64 travels nearly 300 miles across Virginia between the WV line west of Covington and Chesapeake in Hampton Roads. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 295 southbound at Exit 28B, Interstate 64 east. Interstate 64 enters Newport News in 47 miles and Norfolk in 72 miles. Photo taken 12/30/12.


 

Sources:

  1. Kozel, Scott. Interstate 295 in Virginia.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/14/01 by AARoads.
  • 06/02/03 by AARoads.
  • 10/02/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 01/02/08 by AARoads.
  • 12/30/12 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 64
Interstate 95
U.S. 1
U.S. 60

Page Updated 01-15-2013.