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Interstate 664 South
The first southbound shield of Interstate 664 coincides with an Outer Loop trailblazer for the Hampton Roads Beltway. Photo taken 09/05/10.
A diamond interchange (Exit 2) lies one half mile south between Interstate 664 and Powhatan Parkway. Powhatan Parkway becomes Power Plant Parkway north of Virginia 415 (Briarfield Road). Virginia 415 passes under the beltway on its 2.59-mile course between U.S. 258 (Mercury Boulevard) and parallel Virginia 351 (Pembroke Avenue). It is unclear why the advance sign for Exit 2 lists both parkways with separate mileages. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Power Plant Parkway meanders southeast from U.S. 258 (Mercury Boulevard) by the heavily commercialized junction with Interstate 64 (Exit 263). The road replaced Queen Street from Aberdeen Gardens to Powhatan Parkway at Briarfield Road. Powhatan Parkway continues the arterial south to Pembroke Avenue, where it transitions into a residential through street to the Wythe community of Hampton. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Aberdeen Road meets Interstate 664 at the next interchange (Exit 3). The original Newport News Tunnel Connector defaulted onto Aberdeen Road / Buxton Avenue south to Virginia 143 (27th Street). When Interstate 664 was completed, Aberdeen Road was relocated to the Exit 3 diamond interchange. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Motorists on I-664 are advised to check their gas levels on the five mile approach to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. The 6.2-mile long crossing spans the James River. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interchange sequence sign featuring the distances to Aberdeen Road (Exit 3), Chestnut Avenue (Exit 4) and 35th Street (Exit 5). The latter two exits lie within Newport News. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 3 departs Interstate 664 south for Aberdeen Road. The north-south road serves an industrial area to the north en route to U.S. 258 near Greenwood Farms. Aberdeen Road south becomes Buxton Avenue in Newport News to Virginia 143. Photo taken 09/05/10.
One half mile north of the Exit 4 split-diamond interchange with Chestnut and Roanoke Avenues on Interstate 664 south. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Chesnut and parallel Roanoke Avenues lead north from Interstate 664 Exit 4 to Newmarket and U.S. 258 (Mercury Boulevard) and south to 16th Street (former Virginia 167). Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interests to the Newport News Marine Terminal should remain on Interstate 664 south beyond Exit 5 to the 26th Street off-ramp (Exit 6). The terminal lies along the James River west of I-664 and Newport News Creek. Photo taken 09/05/10.
This mileage sign highlights the final three exits of Newport News before Interstate 664 crosses the James River. Exit 5 with 35th Street consists of a combination trumpet and half diamond interchange. Southbound travelers connect with 35th Street at the one-way street couplet of U.S. 60 (Warwick Boulevard west / Huntington Avenue east). Northbound ramps connect with Virginia 143 (Jefferson Avenue) near Virginia 351 (39th Street) as well. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Southbound travelers use an elevated viaduct over Marshall Avenue and adjacent Virginia 351 (39th Street) on the quarter mile approach to Exit 5. Exit 5 facilitates movements to 35th Street and U.S. 60 via a short connector freeway between Virginia 143 (Jefferson Avenue) and U.S. 60 (Huntington Avenue) east. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interstate 664 turns southeasterly at the split with Exit 5 to 35th Street and U.S. 60. Exit 6 quickly follows at a directional interchange with 26th and 27th Streets amid the U.S. 60 turn from Huntington Avenue / Warwick Boulevard to 25th & 26th Streets. U.S. 60 west uses 28th Street above Interstate 664 while eastbound travelers follow 25th Street. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Height and width restrictions are in place for the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel of Interstate 664. Vehicles over 14' 6" in height or 10' 6" wide must stop for inspection in 1.25 miles before proceeding southward to Suffolk. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 6 departs Interstate 664 south from under the 35th Street connector. Ramps ascend and split to 26th Street west and 27th Street east after the 28th Street overpass. A lengthy on-ramp travels along side the southbound freeway from Virginia 351 (39th Street) as well. Photo taken 09/05/10.
A look at the Exit 6 ramp partition. Motorists taking 26th Street lead directly to U.S. 60 (Huntington Avenue) east near the Newport News Marine Terminal. The 27th Street ramp ends at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue (U.S. 60 west) and Virginia 143 east (27th Street). U.S. 60 west follows Jefferson between 26th and 28th Streets. Virginia 143 follows Jefferson Avenue north from there to U.S. 17 & 258 (Mercury Boulevard). Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interstate 664 ascends onto a viaduct forming the initial approach to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. On-ramps from U.S. 60 (25th Street) east and 26th Street west merge from the right. Photo taken 09/05/10.
A portion of the Newport News Marine Terminal facility comes into view adjacent to this southbound shield assembly. Photo taken 09/05/10.
The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel inspection station for trucks lies along the viaduct before Exit 7 (Terminal Avenue). Photo taken 09/05/10.
Terminal Avenue travels along side or below the Interstate 664 viaduct from 21st Street south to Newport News Creek. Exit 7 joins the freeway with the industrial road via a modified trumpet interchange. Photo taken 09/05/10.
The gore point sign of Exit 7 defaults as a conventional guide sign for Terminal Avenue. Terminal Avenue travels south to Harbor Road by the Newport News Marine Terminal and north to a dead end beyond 21st Street. The street originally continued north to 36th Street, but construction of Interstate 664 overtook all of it outside of four blocks between 29th and 33rd Streets. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Continuing south from Newport News, Interstate 664 quickly descends into the tunnel portion of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel from Newport News Point. The bridge-tunnel system was completed in April 30, 1992 and travels 4.6 miles across the James River.1 Photo taken 09/05/10.
Traveling within the southbound tunnel of Interstate 664 under the James River. A pair of 4,800-feet tunnels carry motorists 45 feet below the low tide level of the James. The $400-million crossing1 derives its name from the Civil War battle during the March 8–9, 1862 battle between the ironclads CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimack) and USS Monitor.2 Photo taken 09/05/10.
Southwesterly view of the Nansemond River from Interstate 664. The U.S. 17 Nansemond River Bridge spans the waterway between Cedar and Town Points in north Suffolk. Photo taken 09/05/10.
The twin spans of Interstate 664 enter the city of Suffolk a short distance southwest of the tunnel exit. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Peering northwest at the James River, the U.S. 17 James River Bridge appears on the horizon. Photo taken 09/05/10.
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Approaching the northern shoreline of Suffolk near Streeter Creek on Interstate 664 south. 2009 traffic counts indicate 56,000 vehicles per day used the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. Photos taken 09/05/10.
Virginia 135 (College Drive) crosses paths with Interstate 664 at the first of two Suffolk interchanges. The north-south state route begins at U.S. 17 (Bridge Road) and stretches 2.20 miles north to former Portsmouth Campus of Tidewater Community College (since relocated to Virginia 239 south of Interstate 264 [Exit 3]). Now that Virginia 135 no longer serves the college, a truncation of the state route is possible. Photo taken 09/05/10.
A full cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 664 with Virginia 135 north of Huntersville. Exit 8A departs in this scene for Virginia 135 (College Drive) north to Harbour View Boulevard, a parallel north-south arterial, and the former college site at Pig Point. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 8B follows onto Virginia 135 (College Drive) south. The state route ends at U.S. 17 (Bridge Road) west of Churchland in Portsmouth, this is important to note as direct access to U.S. 17 south is not provided from Interstate 664 south. An adjacent half diamond interchange also connects the state route with Virginia 164 (Western Freeway) near Huntersville. Photo taken 09/05/10.
A directional cloverleaf interchange next connects Interstate 664 with Virginia 164 (Western Freeway) near its end at Belleville. Virginia 164 was completed by 1992 to provide a high-speed route to Portsmouth and Norfolk from the Hampton Roads Beltway. The 7.27-mile freeway ends at U.S. 58 (Martin Luther King Freeway) northwest of downtown Portsmouth. Photo taken 09/05/10.
The lane gained from Virginia 135 defaults onto Exit 9 for Virginia 164 (Western Freeway). Virginia 164 west ends nearby at a wye interchange with U.S. 17 (Bridge Road) north. U.S. 17 continues west to Knotts Neck and a northward turn to the Nansemond Bridge. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 9 carries all traffic in unison to Virginia 164 (Western Freeway) east to Portsmouth and Virginia 164 west to U.S. 17 north to Isle of Wight County and the James River Bridge to Newport News. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interstate 664 enters the city of Chesapeake near Boone and Pughsville and quickly meets SSR 659 (Pughsville Road) at Exit 10. Pughsville Road ends at the Taylor Road eastern turn from Shorewood to Dunedin to the east. Westward, SSR 659 continues to SSR 626 (Shoulders Hill Road) at Deanes. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Next in line for southbound drivers is the Exit 11 full cloverleaf interchange with Virginia 337 (Portsmouth Boulevard). Photo taken 09/05/10.
Virginia 337 travels west from Exit 11A to Driver in Suffolk and east along Portsmouth Boulevard to Jester Gardens and Hodges Ferry before spanning the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River into Portsmouth. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 11A parts ways with Interstate 664 south for Virginia 337 (Portsmouth Boulevard) west. The 35.85-mile route meanders southwest through Suffolk to Magnolia, ending outside the city center at U.S. 58 Business (Washington Street). Photo taken 09/05/10.
Motorists bound for Virginia 337 (Portsmouth Boulevard) east to Chesapeake Square Mall and the city of Portsmouth loop away from Interstate 664 south at Exit 11B. Virginia 337 follows Portsmouth Boulevard to Douglas Park and Elm Avenue south of the city center. The "east" end is actually to the north at Interstate 564 by Norfolk Navy Base. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Dock Landing Road (SSR 663) meets the freeway at the next interchange (Exit 12) near Jolliff. Photo taken 09/05/10.
SSR 663 (Dock Landing Road) follows an arc east from Virginia 191 (Jolliff Road) to Exit 12 and north along the West Branch Elizabeth River to Raleigh Place and Virginia 337 (Portsmouth Boulevard). Photo taken 09/05/10.
I-664 advances one mile south from the diamond interchange at Exit 12 to meet U.S. 13-58-460. Photo taken 09/05/10.
U.S. 13-58-460 cross paths with Interstate 664 at Bowers Hill. The trio join Suffolk with Portsmouth and Chesapeake via the Military Highway (U.S. 13 & 460) and Airline Boulevard (U.S. 58 & 460 Alternate) east of Interstate 664. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interstate 664 turns east from Exit 13 and parallel U.S. 13, U.S. 58, and U.S. 460 to the split beginning (Exits 15A/B) of Interstate 264 east to Portsmouth and Norfolk and Interstate 64 outer through Chesapeake to Virginia Beach. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Exit 13A connects with U.S. 13 south & U.S. 58-460 west to Suffolk. The trio share a freeway bypass around the city center, radiating outward to Petersburg (U.S. 460), Franklin (U.S. 58) and Windsor, North Carolina (U.S. 13). Hampton Roads Executive Airport (PVG) lies nearby along Military Highway west. Photo taken 09/05/10.
A loop ramp joins U.S. 58 & 460 Alternate (Military Highway) east of the split with U.S. 13 north & 460 east. U.S. 58 & 460 Alternate follow Airline Boulevard beyond Military Highway to Alexander Corner in Portsmouth, where U.S. 460 Alt. joins Virginia 337 to Interstate 264 (Exit 4). U.S. 13 north & 460 east follow a separate roadway to the south. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Turning east at Bowers Hill, Interstate 664 enters the one-mile approach to Interstate 64 outer (Exit 15B) and Interstate 264 east (Exit 15A). Travelers bound for the Outer Banks of North Carolina are advised to remain along the Hampton Roads Beltway to Exit 291 (Virginia 168 south). Photo taken 09/05/10.
The final reassurance marker of Interstate 664 is posted at the under crossing of U.S. 13-58-460 west and U.S. 58-460 Alternate (Military Highway) east. Interstate 264 begins ahead and provides a direct route between Suffolk and Portsmouth/Norfolk. The 25.07-mile route stretches east to the Atlantic coast in Virginia Beach from Bowers Hill. Photo taken 09/05/10.
U.S. 13 & 460 encircle Portsmouth and Norfolk through northern Chesapeake along the Military Highway. The tandem turn eastward and parallel the south side of Interstate 664 and the Hampton Roads Beltway to Exit 297 of Interstate 64. Exit 14 provides a ramp onto the adjacent divided highway for southbound drivers. Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interstate 664 concludes as traffic partitions to I-264 east and the outer loop for I-64. The two routes meet again in eastern Norfolk (Exits 14 and 284 respectively). Photo taken 09/05/10.
Interstate 664 forms the eastbound beginning of Interstate 264. This image looks at an end shield and first reassurance marker of the cross town route. Photo taken 05/01/01.
Similarly, Interstate 664 end signage is posted on the transition to the "westbound" beginning of Interstate 64. Interstate 64 ends over 950 miles to the west at Wentzville, Missouri. Photo taken 09/05/10.


  1. Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (I-664) @ Roadstothefuture (Scott Kozel).
  2. Battle of Hampton Roads @

Photo Credits:

    05/01/01 by Bill Manning. 09/05/10 by Will Weaver.

Connect with:
Interstate 64
Interstate 264
U.S. 13
U.S. 58
U.S. 60
U.S. 460
State Route 337

Page Updated 02-24-2011.