Virginia 195 east
Interstate 195 south merges with Virginia 146 to form Virginia 195 Toll. Continuing east, the Downtown Expressway passes under Sheppard Street and Boulevard to this advisory sign directing multi-axle vehicles to the right for the upcoming toll plaza. Photo taken 07/09/10.
"Slow Pay Toll" sign posted on Virginia 195 Toll (Downtown Expressway) east near the Meadow Street over crossing. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The first of four interchanges along the Downtown Expressway east follows the main line toll plaza with U.S. 1 & 301 (Belvidere Street). Exits are unnumbered along the toll road. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Entering the Downtown Expressway toll plaza between Allen Avenue and Randolph Street. Passenger vehicles are charged a 70 cent toll. Virginia 195 opened from Interstate 195 east to 7th Street on Feb. 3, 1976.1 Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 10/14/01.
Four eastbound lanes depart the Downtown Expressway toll plaza, the right lane becomes exit only for U.S. 1 & 301 (Belvidere Street). An interchange sequence sign displays the final three off-ramps of Virginia 195 eastbound. Note the carbon copy sign replacement of both overheads. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Four eastbound lanes depart the Downtown Expressway toll plaza, the right lane becomes exit only for U.S. 1 & 301 (Belvidere Street). An interchange sequence sign displays the final three of-ramps from Virginia 195 eastbound. Note the carbon copy sign replacement of both overheads. Photo taken 10/14/01.
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Traffic to U.S. 1 & 301 (Belvidere Street) departs the Downtown Expressway at the Harrison Street overpass. The ramp itself connects with adjacent Idlewood Avenue five blocks west of Belvidere Street. Note the old style "Thru Traffic" pull-through panel placed over the travel lanes.
U.S. 1 & 301 share pavement south from Richmond to Bensley, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg. Northward, the two leave the half diamond interchange with Virginia 195 Toll together to a split at Azalea Avenue west and Chamberlayne Boulevard north near the city line. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 10/14/01.
Virginia 195 Toll quickly approaches the diamond interchange with Byrd and 2nd Streets at the U.S. 1 & 301 (Belvidere Street) overpass. The freeway continues below grade parallel to Cumberland Street (west) and Idlewood Avenue (east) in this scene. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The Byrd Street off-ramp raises from Virginia 195 Toll east onto the adjacent street. Byrd and Canal Streets act as service roads to the Downtown Expressway to South 12th Street. South 2nd Street angles southwest to U.S. 1 & 301 (Robert E. Lee Bridge) and northeast toward the Richmond Convention Center. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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U.S. 60 (9th Street) meets Virginia 195 Toll (Downtown Expressway) at a split diamond interchange next in one half mile. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 10/14/01.
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High rises of downtown Richmond come into view along the Downtown Expressway after U.S. 1 & 301. The 2010 Census lists 204,214 people as calling the capital city home. Photos taken 07/09/10.
The Byrd Street on-ramp forms an auxiliary lane from the 2nd Street overpass to the U.S. 60 (9th Street) off-ramp. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interests to the Virginia State Capitol and Richmond Coliseum should follow 9th and 7th Streets northbound respectively. U.S. 60 (9th Street) west spans the James River via the Manchester Bridge to the south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Attached to the 3rd Street high above the eastbound mainline is the 0.25-mile guide sign for the Byrd Street off-ramp to 7th Street north and U.S. 60 (9th Street). U.S. 60 crosses the James River to Semmes Avenue west from the Manchester Bridge. Eastward the US route splits into a one-way street couplet of Cary Street (east) and Main Street (west). Virginia 147 ends at the turn from 8th & 9th Streets nearby. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Attached to the 3rd Street high above the eastbound mainline is the 0.25-mile guide sign for the Byrd Street off-ramp to 7th Street north and U.S. 60 (9th Street). U.S. 60 crosses the James River to Semmes Avenue west from the Manchester Bridge. Eastward the US route splits into a one-way street couplet of Cary Street (east) and Main Street (west). Virginia 147 ends at the turn from 8th / 9th Streets nearby. Photo taken 10/14/01.
Drivers bound for 7th Street and U.S. 60 (9th Street) ascend from Virginia 195 Toll at the 5th Street overpass. U.S. 60 turns east from 9th Street and later joins U.S. 360 north of the Mayo Bridge for a short overlap under Interstate 95. South 7th Street flows northeast from Byrd Street to Interstate 95 and Interstate 64 east. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Virginia 195 Toll enters a cut and cover tunnel system between 7th Street and 10th Streets. Eastbound travelers emerge from the structure on a viaduct leading directly to Interstate 95 (Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike). Note the carbon copy sign replacement. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 10/14/01.
Drivers pass under the 8th Street pedestrian plaza and see a brief opening ahead of U.S. 60 (9th Street) overhead. The eastbound lanes partitions into ramps for Interstate 95 north to Interstate 64 and Interstate 95 south to Petersburg. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Rising along Virginia 195 Toll east on the approach to the directional stack interchange with Interstate 95. The viaduct elevates high above U.S. 360 (14th Street) and an adjacent CSX Railroad line below. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 10/14/01.
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Virginia 195 concludes at the partition of traffic for I-95 north and south. 23 miles to the south Interstate 95 reaches the northern terminus of I-85 at Petersburg. Interstate 95 & 64 end their three mile overlap five miles to the northwest. Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 10/14/01.
Virginia 195 west
After departing from Interstate 95, northwestbound Virginia 195/Downtown Expressway enjoys a brief double-decked section as it closely parallels the James River for the first fraction of a mile. The route then separates into a normal configuration upon reaching the U.S. 60/Canal Street interchange. Photo taken 06/01/04.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three exits along northwestbound Virginia 195 as it enters a brief tunnel under Tenth Street and U.S. 60/Manchester Bridge. These exits are: U.S. 1-301/Belvidere Street; Meadow Street; and Virginia 161/Boulevard. Photo taken 06/01/04.
This view shows the freeway emerging from the Tenth Street Tunnel along northwestbound Virginia 195/Downtown Expressway. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Northwestbound Virginia 195 reaches the exit ramp for U.S. 1-301, Belvidere Street. U.S. 1-301/Belvidere Street pass just west of the city center of Richmond and the State Capitol, but Belvidere Street passes by Virginia Commonwealth University and Monroe Park. Use U.S. 1-301 south to cross the Robert E. Lee Bridge over the James River. U.S. 1-301 remain merged heading southbound until reaching the city of Petersburg. Photo taken 06/01/04.
The next exit along northwestbound is Meadow Street, 0.75 mile. Meadow Street marks the western terminus of Virginia 195 and the southern terminus of Interstate 195. Photo taken 06/01/04.
The exit for Meadow Street is located immediately after the 50-cent toll collected after the Harrison Street overpass. After the toll plaza, the state highway ends and Interstate 195 begins as a toll-free freeway. Photo taken 06/01/04.

Sources:

  1. RMA :: Toll Facilities :: Downtown Expressway.


Photo Credits:

10/14/01, 06/01/04, 07/09/10 by AARoads

Page Updated 03-06-2011.