Pocahontas Parkway

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SR 895 is the Pocahontas Parkway, an 8.8-mile route connecting Interstate 95 and SR 150 (Chippenham Parkway) to the west with Richmond International Airport (RIC) and I-295 to the east.

First planned in 1981, Interstate 895 faced funding woes from 1987 to 1992, and was dropped from the Virginia Department of Transportation six-year plan in 1987 but re-added in 1992. Funding never materialized beyond money for preliminary engineering, and in 1998 the the freeway was approved as the first toll road of the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995. Construction began in October 1998 and SR 895 was completed by September of 2002. A more detailed history of the route can be found on the Interstate Guide for Route 895.

Virginia Route 895 East
Virginia 895 (Pocahontas Parkway) ascends quickly from the end of Virginia 150 onto the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge. Ramps to Interstate 95 split below. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Attached to the highest flyover is a reassurance sign for Virginia 895 and the first indication of the toll plaza east of the James River. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Ramps from Interstate 95 onto Virginia 895's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge rise dramatically as the Pocahontas Parkway begins and spans the James River. There is no access to Virginia 895 from southbound Interstate 95; the only access is from eastbound Virginia 150/Chippenham Parkway and northbound Interstate 95. Due to the height of the bridge, the approaches from these two roads are very steep. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia 895 west becomes Virginia 150 (Chippenham Parkway) north, a freeway straddling the Chesterfield County and Richmond city line to Virginia 76 (Powhite Parkway) near Bon Air. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Spanning the James River along the 4,765-foot long Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge east. The $111-million bridge spans the river 145 feet above.1 This is one of the highest points in Richmond metropolitan area, thus affording a fantastic view of the area. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia 895 reassurance shield posted along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge east. The span fully opened to traffic on September 20, 2002.1 Photo taken 06/22/05.
Travelers descend from the James River bridge into the Pocahontas Parkway mainline toll plaza. High-speed SmartTag/E-ZPass lanes reside within the middle of the facility. Photo taken 06/22/05.
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Tolls for the Pocahontas Parkway rose significantly from rates in 2002 of $1.00 for SmartTag account holders and $1.50 for cash paying customers. 2009 rates of $2.75 per passenger vehicle increased to $3.00 on February 7, 2011. Further increases by 2016 increased rates to $4.00. Photos taken 06/22/05.
Interchanges along Virginia 895 are unnumbered. Beyond the toll plaza is the first exit, that with Laburnum Avenue north to Virginia 5 (New Market Road). Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia 895 (Pocahontas Parkway) east expands to three lanes ahead of the trumpet interchange with Laburnum Avenue's south end. Laburnum Avenue constitutes a belt-route arterial leading northeast toward Highland Springs and west to Interstate 95 and U.S. 1-301 in north Richmond. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia 5 begins in Richmond from U.S. 60 and leads southeast along New Market Road to Varina and Interstate 295 (Exit 22). The state route continues along the James River valley to Charles City and Williamsburg. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Eastbound at the Laburnum Avenue ramp departure to Virginia 5 (New Market Road) and Capitol View. Traffic to Richmond International Airport should remain on Virginia 895 east to the January 2011-opened Airport Connector (Exit 3). Photo taken 08/08/04.
Virginia 5 (New Market Road) passes over Virginia 895 in the distance of this eastbound reassurance shield. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia 895 is partially designed to reduce the load for traffic from northbound Interstate 95 to eastbound Interstate 64 and thus relieve the downtown interchange. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Approaching the January 14, 2011-opened Airport Drive extension (Exit 3) on Virginia 895 east near the Darbytown Road under crossing. Photo taken 01/16/11.
Airport Drive directly links Pocahontas Parkway with the terminal of Richmond International Airport. The 1.6-mile highway cost $50 million and took two years to build.2 Photo taken 01/16/11.
Eastbound SR 895 at the trumpet interchange (Exit 3) with Airport Drive. Airport Drive leads north to become a part of SR 156 near Sandston. interchanges along SR 156 connect with I-64 (Exit 197) and I-295 (Exit 31). Photo taken 01/16/11.
With the Britton Road overpass in view, Virginia 895 enters its final one-mile on the approach to Interstate 295. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 295 leads northward into the interchange complex with U.S. 60 and Interstate 64 near Seven Pines. Connections with Interstate 64 east lead drivers to Hampton Roads. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia 895 partitions into one-lane ramps for Interstate 295 south to Hopewell and Interstate 95 south to Rocky Mount and Interstate 295 north to Interstate 95 north for Washington. Photo taken 06/22/05.
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Eastbound Virginia 895 ends at the trumpet interchange with Interstate 295. Interstate 295 constitutes an easterly bypass between Petersburg and north of Richmond. Photos taken 06/22/05.
Virginia Route 895 West
Virginia 895 (Pocahontas Parkway) westbound at the trumpet interchange with Laburnum Avenue north to Virginia 5 (New Market Road). Virginia 5 passes over Pocahontas Parkway just east of the Laburnum Avenue on-ramp. The state route connects Richmond with Williamsburg along a 56-mile path. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia Route 895 scenes
Airport Drive concludes at the trumpet interchange with SR 895 (Pocahontas Parkway), east of SR 5 and west of Interstate 295. Photo taken 01/16/11.
Tolls are charged electronically along the connection from Airport Drive south to I-295 and from SR 895 west to Airport Drive north. Photo taken 01/16/11.

Sources:
  1. Route 895 - Pocahontas Parkway (Scott Kozel).
  2. "Richmond Airport Connector Road Opens." http://www.flyrichmond.com/Load.php?Content=News_142 Richmond International Airport, web site.


Photo Credits:

  • 06/02/03 by AARoads.
  • 08/08/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/22/05 by AARoads.
  • 01/16/11 by Will Weaver.

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 295
State Route 150 - Chippenham Parkway

Page Updated 10-31-2011.