Interstate 395 - Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway

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Following the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway, Interstate 395 runs 9.91 miles northeast from Springfield through Arlington, Virginia to Washington, DC. The freeway includes a reversible HOV-2 roadway continuing the tolled I-95 Express Lanes north from Stafford County to the 14th Street Bridge across the Potomac River.

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A $76 million project upgraded the exchange joining Interstate 395 with Seminary Road in Alexandria. With plans originating ten years prior, work culminated on May 4, 2016 with the opening of a pedestrian bridge along Seminary Road to Southern Towers Apartments and the Mark Center. Long term construction also included the addition of flyovers linking Seminary Road with the HOV lanes on I-395 and rehabilitation of the Seminiary Road freeway overpass. The HOV ramps opened to traffic in January 2016.1

I-395 at Seminiary Road in Alexandria, VA
I-395 north at the HOV ramp linking the Express Lanes with Seminary Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Photo taken 12/16/16.

A ground breaking ceremony for construction converting the HOV lanes along Interstate 395 into High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes took place August 5, 2017. Costing $342 million, the project adds an additional lane to the eight mile reversible roadway. Operated by Transurban, electronic toll collection along the I-395 Express Lanes will allow single occupant drivers to use the the former HOV-only lanes for a rate varying on traffic congestion.2 The Express Lanes are expected to open for motorists in Fall 2019. The overall project runs through Summer 2020.

The Shirley Highway, including the mainline of I-95 south to Woodbridge, dates back to 1941. The initial portion of the route opened in 1944 at Arlington, coinciding with completion of the Pentagon. Designated Virginia 350, the state route freeway was completed between U.S. 1 at Woodbridge and the 14th Street Bridge across the Potomac River in 1952.1

Upgrades to Interstate standards between 1965 to 1975 resulted in the redesignation of Virginia 350 as Interstate 95. The northernmost portion, between Virginia 7 and the 14th Street Bridge was completed in 1975, just two years before I-95 shifted to bypass D.C. along the eastern half of the Capital Beltway. Reconstruction included the addition of the reversible HOV roadway between the north and southbound roadways.1

Further south, a massive undertaking involved rebuilding the Springfield Interchange from a cloverleaf into a multi level systems interchange. The eight-year project kicked off in March 1999 and ran through July 2007.1 Upgrades included high flyovers for the I-95 mainline turn between the Shirley Memorial Highway and Capital Beltway.

Interstate 395 scenes
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Duke Street (SR 236) meets Interstate 395 at a three quarter cloverleaf interchange on the west side of Lanmark Mall in Alexandria. Photos taken 08/04/13.
Virginia 420 (Seminary Road) northbound at the three level interchange with Interstate 395 (Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway) in Alexandria. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Seminary Road spans Van Dorn Street (Virginia 401) at the exchange with Interstate 395. Photo taken 06/02/03.
A rotary interchange connects Virginia 402 (Quaker Lane) north and Shirlington Road south with Interstate 395 at Shirlington. Photo taken 06/02/03.

  1. "VDOT completes last piece of Mark Center plan." Washington Post (DC), May 4, 2016.
  2. "Construction on I-395 HOV lanes begins." WTOP (Washington, DC), August 9, 2017.
  3. Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway, Roads to the Future (Scott Kozel).

Photo Credits:

06/02/03, 08/04/13 by AARoads

Connect with:
State Route 110

Page Updated 12-17-2018.