Interstate 295 in Virginia
Interstate 295 or I -295 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Virginia. The highway bypasses the Richmond metropolitan area and curves from I-95 near Petersburg around Richmond to I-64 in the Short Pump suburb. The route is 85 kilometers long.
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The Varina-Enon Bridge over the James River on the east side of Richmond.
The terminus of I-295 on the northwest side of Richmond.
South of the city of Petersburg, I-295 branches off from Interstate 95 coming from Fayetteville. The highway then has 2×2 lanes and runs east of Petersburg to the north. At Hopewell, the Varina-Enon Bridge crosses the River James, which becomes an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. I-295 has 2×3 lanes in this section. One then reaches the SR-895 toll road, the Pocahontas Parkway, which forms Richmond ‘s southern ring road. Not far after that, east of Richmond, you cross Interstate 64, the highway to Norfolk. I-295 then has 2×4 lanes and heads northwest. One then comes through the suburbMechanicsville north of Richmond and then crosses Interstate 95, the highway to Washington. The highway then narrows to 2×3 lanes and passes through the northern suburbs of Richmond. The I-295 has a particularly wide median strip in this section. At the Short Pump suburb northwest of Richmond, I-295 ends at Interstate 64, the highway to Roanoke.
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I-295 was built relatively late, during the 1980s and 1990s. Richmond’s northeast ring first opened between I-64 and I-95 in 1980, followed by the northwest ring from I-95 to I-95 in 1981. 64. Between 1988 and 1992, the north-south section was opened from north to south to I-95 at Petersburg. This was the last stretch of Interstate Highway from the original 1956 plan to open in Virginia.
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The highway is not very busy with not much more than 90,000 vehicles on the busiest stretch. The highway is therefore quite large in capacity.
Interstate 395 in Virginia
Interstate 395 or I -395 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The interstate connects downtown Washington, DC to the southern suburbs and Interstate 95 heading south. I-395 is 10 miles long.
At the Springfield Interchange, I-395 begins with the intersection of Interstate 95 and Interstate 495. The road has 2×4 lanes with a 2-lane alternating lane in the central reservation. One passes through Alexandria, a suburb of 128,000 inhabitants. This area is also densely forested, as are all areas in and around Washington. One then enters the city of Arlington, which has a population of 203,000. One passes directly past the Pentagon, which is surrounded by a ring of highways. The first is the SR-27, after which one also crosses the SR-110. Then one crosses the George Washington Memorial Parkway, so that there are four nodes over 2.5 kilometers. A bridge then crosses the Potomac River, which also borders the District of Columbia.
I-395 near the Pentagon.
Interstate 395 is Virginia’s oldest highway. The predecessor of I-395 is the Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway, which was built for 28 kilometers from Washington to Woodbridge. The section around the Pentagon in Arlington was constructed in 1941 as part of the Pentagon Road Network. The SR-27 and SR-110 were also part of this network. Immediately after the opening of the Pentagon, more than 20,000 people would already be working in the building, which necessitated a good road connection. The section was constructed by Arlington between 1941 and 1943. The remainder of the route to Woodbridge was constructed by the state of Virginia between 1945 and 1952. On September 6, 1949, the entire route was opened to traffic, but was not yet equipped with 2×2 lanes everywhere. The highway was completed on May 24, 1952.
It was then planned that I-95 would run over this highway, and the road was drastically modernized between 1965 and 1975. In 1977 it was decided that the further I-95 would not be built through Washington DC, but would run over the Washington Beltway (I-495), which opened in 1964. The route has since been numbered as I-395.
The I-95 express lanes became an HOV interchange lane just after the Springfield Interchange. The interchangeable lane was widened to 3 lanes between 2017 and 2019 and converted to a toll lane on the Washington, DC border. The project started on August 9, 2017 and was completed in November 2019. The opening and toll collection followed on November 17, 2019. The express lanes remained toll-free for HOV 3+.
I-395 has a total of 190,000 vehicles per day. It is an extreme office job highway, with a lot of traffic jams between 7 and 9.