State Route 168 - Chesapeake Expressway

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Virginia Route 168 North
Virginia 168 widens into a divided highway north of the intersection with North Point Boulevard. The first reassurance marker resides after the intersection with Neck Road. Out of view and inaccessible to the left is the former alignment of Virginia 168 on Battlefield Boulevard. Photo taken 12/17/01.
Battlefield Boulevard spurs south from Virginia 168 at the intersection with Station Road. The old alignment of Virginia 168 provides access to Ballahack Road west for the Naval Support Activity Norfolk Northwest Annex base and U.S. 17 at Dismal Swamp. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Virginia 168 Business continues Battlefield Boulevard northwest from Virginia 168 north of the crossing of the Northwest River. The business loop follows old Virginia 168 north to St. Bridges Road and Exit 5 of the Chesapeake Expressway. A monument type sign welcomes drivers to the Chesapeake Expressway just north of the traffic light with Battlefield Boulevard otherwise. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Northbound reassurance shield posted just north of the Chesapeake Expressway beginning on Virginia 168. Photo taken 12/17/01.
The main line toll plaza for the Chesapeake Expressway follows on Virginia 168 north at St. Brides in Chesapeake. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Toll plaza expansion added three cash lanes along the east side of Virginia 168 north at the St. Brides toll plaza. A high-speed EZ-Pass lane travels on the left side. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Approaching the original set of toll booths along the Chesapeake Expressway northbound. All passenger vehicles are levied a $2.00 toll. Photo taken 12/17/01.
Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) crosses paths with Virginia 168 at the Exit 5 half diamond interchange near Indian Creek Road. Photo taken 12/17/01.
Chesapeake Expressway northbound at Exit 5 to Battlefield Boulevard. Virginia 168 Business continues north to Benefit Road west and Centerville Turnpike north at the community of Hickory. Centerville Turnpike (former SSR 604) offers an alternate route to Virginia Beach in conjunction with Virginia 165 (Mount Pleasant Road). Photo taken 08/24/09.
Hillcrest Parkway meets Virginia 168 (Chesapeake Expressway) at the Exit 8 parclo interchange. This four-lane parkway was built at the same time of the Chesapeake Expressway to open up previously undeveloped land to the west for commercial and retail development. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Northbound Virginia 168 (Chesapeake Expressway) at the Exit 8 off-ramp to Hillcrest Parkway. Hillcrest Parkway ends at Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) nearby and at Falls Brook Run temporarily to the west. Grading exists for a future loop ramp between the parkway east and Virginia 168 north. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) crosses paths again with Virginia 168 just south of the Hanbury Road six-ramp parclo interchange (Exits 10B/A). The original south end of the Great Bridge Bypass was just south of Hanbury Road where the Great Bridge Bypass merged back onto Battlefield Boulevard. The Hanbury Road interchange (Exit 10) was built as part of the Chesapeake Expressway. Previously, there was no interchange...not even an overpass at that location.2 Photo taken 08/24/09.
Exit 10B (signed here as Exit 10) departs Virginia 168 north for Hanbury Road east. The divided parkway transitions into Etheridge Manor Boulevard east to Centerville Turnpike through suburban areas of south Great Bridge. Photo taken 08/24/09.
A loop ramp (Exit 10A) was added after the initial completion of the Hanbury Road interchange to Virginia 168 north. Hanbury Road heads west to Battlefield Boulevard and Johnstown Road at Great Bridge. Photo taken 12/17/01.
Reassurance marker of Virginia 168 north posted after the Hanbury Road on-ramp. The Great Bridge Bypass doubles as the T. Ray Hassell III Memorial Highway. This stretch of freeway opened originally in 1981. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Virginia 165 follows a circuitous path 40.72 miles around Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Norfolk. The state route follows Mt. Pleasant Road east from Great Bridge to a parclo interchange with Virginia 168 (Exit 11). Photo taken 08/24/09.
Virginia 168 (Great Bridge Bypass) spans the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal on the 1.50-mile approach to Virginia 190 (Kempsville Road) east at Oak Grove. Virginia 190 travels 15.43 miles from Virginia 166 in Chesapeake to Virginia 225 at Virginia Beach. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) meets Virginia 168 for the fourth time at the full cloverleaf interchange of Exits 13A/B. Exit 13B provides access to Virginia 190 (Great Bridge Boulevard) west in addition to Virginia 168 south into Great Bridge. Photo taken 08/24/09.
One half mile south of the Exit 12 off-ramp to Virginia 190 (Kempsville Road) east. Kempsville Road carries the state route northeast to Edgewood Mears Corner, Acredale, and Kempsville south of Interstate 264 Exit 16. Photo taken 08/24/09.
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Exit 12 was added after 2001. There was no direct access to Virginia 190 (Kempsville Road) from the Great Bridge Bypass previously. Note in these two images that the same sign bridge is used for the current Exit 12 panel that supported the original Exit 13A half mile sign. Photo taken 08/24/09. Second photo taken 12/17/01.
Virginia 168 passes over Virginia 190 two miles south of the full cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 64 (Hampton Roads Beltway) and transition to Interstate 464. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Exit 13A departs Virginia 168 (Great Bridge Bypass) for Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) north to Essex Meadows and the retail center along Volvo Parkway.
Until 2000, the Great Bridge Bypass concluded at Battlefield Boulevard and Virginia 168 returned to its former surface alignment to Interstate 64 (Exit 290). The Oak Grove Connector segment of Virginia 168 relocated the highway from Battlefield Boulevard onto a new freeway between Exit 13 and Interstates 64 (Exit 291) & 464. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Exit 13B loops onto Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) south. Virginia 168 Business represents a heavily traveled commercial arterial through Great Bridge. Photo taken 08/24/09.
Continuing north, Virginia 168 (Oak Grove Connector) angles to its merge with U.S. 17 (Dominion Boulevard) and Interstates 64 (Exit 15A) & 464 north. Dominion Boulevard represents the historic alignment of Virginia 104, a state route that once traveled northeast from U.S. 17 to the Interstate 464 interchange with U.S. 13 (Military Highway). Virginia 104 was eliminated in December 2001 when U.S. 17 was realigned to bypass the Deep Creek area along the Dismal Swamp Canal. Photo taken 08/24/09.
An updated view of the sign bridge for Exits 15A/B reveals the sign change for Exit 15B reflecting the relocated U.S. 17. U.S. 17 merges with Virginia 168 briefly before both join the Hampton Roads Beltway. U.S. 17 travels west with Interstate 64 back to its old alignment at Exit 296; Virginia 168 continues east one mile to Battlefield Boulevard south of Providence Junction. Photo taken 12/17/01.
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Virginia 168 leaves the Oak Grove Connector via Exit 15A to bypass the ramps with U.S. 17 and join Interstate 64 Outer (east). Exit 15B follows as a directional ramp onto Dominion Boulevard west to Virginia 190 and Elizabeth City. Interstate 464 begins in one half mile and travels north 4.71 miles to Interstate 264 near downtown Norfolk. Photo taken 08/24/09. Second photo taken 12/17/01.
Virginia 168 (Tidewater Drive) northbound at the Little Creek Road (Virginia 165 & 170) interchange in the city of Norfolk. Virginia 168 follows a suppressed roadway from Little Creek Road northward to U.S. 60 (Ocean View Avenue). Opened in the mid-1950s1, the four mile Virginia 168 Tidewater Drive sees an diamond interchange with U.S. 460 (Granby Street) and limited access from Granby Street to Ocean View Avenue. Photo taken 04/13/01.
Virginia Route 168 Business - North
Virginia 168 Business (Battlefield Boulevard) enters a full cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 64 (Hampton Roads Beltway). The business route ends as Virginia 168 north rejoins Battlefield Boulevard north to Edmonds Corner. Photo taken 09/05/10.

Photo Credits:

  • 04/13/01 by AARoads.
  • 12/17/01 by AARoads.
  • 08/24/09 by Connor Lauzon.
  • 09/05/10 by Will Weaver.

Connect with:
Interstate 64
Interstate 464
U.S. 17

Page Updated 02-23-2011.