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Photo: I-295 approaching its end at I-64 Short Pump (Mapmikey taken 7-30-06)
EXIT 1 - I-95 (exit 46): 0 - 0
EXIT 3 - US 460: 2.32 - 2.32
EXIT 9 - VA 36: 7.38 - 9.70
Hopewell-Prince George Line: 0 - 9.70
Prince George-Hopewell Line: 1.90 - 11.60
Hopewell-Prince George Line: 1.00 - 12.60 Chesterfield-Hopewell Line: 0.40 - 13.00
EXIT 15 - VA 10: 2.11 - 15.11
EXIT 16 - SR 618: 1.30 - 16.41
Henrico-Chesterfield Line: 2.64 - 19.05
EXIT 22 - VA 5: 3.89 - 22.94
EXIT 25 - VA 895: 3.49 - 26.43
EXIT 28 - US 60, VA 33, VA 156: 2.81 - 29.24
EXIT 28 - I-64 (exit 200): 0.80 - 30.04
EXIT 31 - VA 156: 1.88 - 31.92
Hanover-Henrico Line: 1.30 - 33.22
EXIT 34 - SR 615: 1.99 - 35.21
EXIT 37 - US 360: 2.52 - 37.73
EXIT 38 - SR 627: 1.72 - 39.45
EXIT 41 - US 301, VA 2: 2.46 - 41.91
Henrico-Hanover Line: 1.55 - 43.46
EXIT 43 - I-95 (exit 84): 0.29 - 43.75
EXIT 43 - US 1: 1.83 - 45.58
EXIT 45 - Woodman Rd: 0.91 - 46.49
EXIT 49 - US 33: 3.22 - 49.71
EXIT 51 - Nuckols Rd: 2.31 - 52.02
EXIT 53 - I-64 (exit 177): 1.79 - 53.81
Creation: I-295 is an original interstate corridor in the future. It initially was intended to form a little more than half of a Richmond Beltway, running from I-64 Short Pump around the north and east of Richmond, tying back into I-95 at the VA 150 Chippenham Pkwy interchange.
Adjustments: In 1965 (per a 1972 Univ of Richmond Masters Thesis on I-295, the south end of I-295 was moved from the VA 150 interchange south to the proposed location of the VA 288 interchange because VA 150 was too close to the river to have a viable interchange...
In Aug 1968 (CTB), Virginia requested that I-295 be added to what is now VA 288 to complete a full loop around Richmond. The USDOT did not go along with the request. Virginia then assigned VA 288 (why not VA 295?) as the designation for the west side of the Richmond Beltway.
Dotted lines for I-295 first appeared on the 1968 Official.
In April 1977 (CTB), the City of Richmond petitioned the CTB to cancel the Richmond Beltway because it wouldn't do anything to solve the City's traffic problems. They even suggested studying an extension of I-195 to I-85 west of Petersburg instead!
Per Kurumi's 3di page, in 1978 the FHWA approved rerouting and extending I-295 to the way it is now. I can find no CTB reference to move I-295's routing, but the dotted lines on the official map changed starting with the 1980 issue.
Per Scott Kozel's website, I-295 opened from I-95 east to I-64/US 60 in 3 segments by Oct 1980.
I-295 was opened from I-95 west to I-64 Short Pump in Feb 1981 (Kozel).
In Oct 1988 (Kozel), I-295 was extended south from I-64/US 60 to VA 5.
In July 1990 (Kozel), I-295 was extended south to VA 10.
In Jan 1992 (Kozel), I-295 was extended south to VA 36 Hopewell.
In June 1992 (Kozel), I-295 was extended south back to I-95.
Improvements: I-295 was built as 6-lanes from I-64 Short Pump to I-95; 8-lanes from I-95 to I-64/US 60; 6-lanes from I-64/US 60 to VA 36; 4-lanes from VA 36 to I-95
I-295 has never been widened anywhere other than adding transition lanes from VA 10 to the newly constructed SR 618 interchange in 2012.
All interchanges on I-295 were built as cloverleafs except at its endpoints. The I-64/US 60 interchange is actually two separate cloverleafs with 2-mile long C/D lanes.
New exits have been constructed at VA 895 (trumpet opening in 2002) and SR 618 north of VA 10 (diamond but designed to be expandable opened in 2012)
A new flyover was opened in 2001 from I-295 SB to I-64 EB. The original loop ramp that made this movement remains open.
A new flyover was opened in 2009 from I-64 EB in Short Pump to I-295 EB. The old loop ramp for this movement was removed. Construction photos are available from Scott Kozel's website.
Posted: Fully posted; few if any state-named shields remain anywhere.
Legislative names: Korean War Veterans Memorial Hwy, entire length (since 3-9-00)
Frederick T Gray Bridges over the Appomattox River, since 4-8-98; Varina-Enon Bridge over the James River, since 9-18-86; Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfeller USS Cole Bridge, VA 156 overpass of I-295 Mechanicsville, since 9-20-01
Other names: None
Scenic Byway: No segments
Comments: There were 2 exits on the original I-295 plan that did not get built - Charles City Rd and Varina Rd. The Varina Rd interchange was on the original I-295 alignment to connect with VA 288.
When the I-295 Richmond Beltway was redesigned to also bypass Petersburg in the mid 1970s, the plan also included building an interstate freeway west from the current south end of I-295 to I-85. Then I-85 would be re-routed onto this new freeway segment. Current I-85 north to Petersburg would have become I-385. I-295 would become I-95 and the original I-95 north to Petersburg would become I-795. I-385 and I-795 would have ended at the same interchange while the Richmond-Petersburg Tpk became a state route up to I-64 in Richmond. Although project numbers for I-295's completion heading southward all referenced I-95, when the new freeway reached I-95 it was continued to be signed as I-295. Virginia never did build the freeway segment west back to I-85
I-295 blows off VA 156 (Mechanicsville) and VA 106
I-295 appears to have had no exit numbers until it was finished in its entirety to I-95 south of Petersburg...thus there were no sequential exit numbers anywhere.
Some photos of the impressive I-295's cable-stayed bridge over the James River can be seen here.
I-295 is Virginia's longest 3di. It is a rare road that was built to accommodate expanding traffic volumes - even today I-295 is almost never crowded.
Page last modified 25 December 2014