Interstate 95 and Branches 
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Beltway sign
Photo: A scan from the 1973 Rand McNally approaching the mixing bowl southbound on I-95 before it was changed to I-395 (courtesy Douglas Kerr)
From:  NC Line near Skippers (Greensville County)
To:  DC Line at City of Alexandria (really! check out a detailed map to see the corner of DC the beltway touches)
Total Length:  178 miles
Nationally I-95 runs from US 1 Miami, FL to the Canadian Border at Houlton, ME, about 1880 miles  
ROUTE LOG
NC STATE LINE: 0 - 0
EXIT 4 (old 1) - SR 629: 4 - 4
EXIT 8 (old 2) - US 301: 4 - 8
EMP-GV LINE: 2 - 10
EXIT 11 (old 3) - US 58: 1 - 11
EXIT 12 (old 4) - US 301: 1 - 12
GV-EMP LINE: 0 - 12
EXIT 13 (old 5) - SR 614: 1 - 13
EXIT 17 (old 6) - US 301: 4 - 17
SX-GV LINE: 0 - 17
EXIT 20 (old 7) - SR 631: 3 - 20
EXIT 24 (old 8) - SR 645: 4 - 24
EXIT 31 (old 9) - VA 40: 7 - 31
EXIT 33 (old 10) - SR 602: 2 - 33
PG-SX LINE: 2 - 35
EXIT 37 (old 11) - US 301: 2 - 37
EXIT 41 (old 12) - US 301, VA 35, VA 156: 4 - 41
EXIT 45 (old 13) - US 301: 4 - 45
EXIT 46 - I-295 (exit 1): 1 - 46
PET-PG LINE: 1 - 47
EXIT 47 (old 14) - SR 629: 0 - 47
EXIT 48 (old 15) - Wagner Rd: 1 - 48
EXIT 50 (old 16) - US 301, US 460 EB: 2 - 50
EXIT 51 (old 17, old 2) - I-85 (exit 68), US 460 WB: 1 - 51
EXIT 52 (old 3) - US 301, US 460 Bus, VA 36: 1 - 52
COL-PET LINE: 0.5 - 52.5
EXIT 53 (old 3A) - South Park Blvd: 0.5 - 53
EXIT 54 (old 4) - VA 144: 1 - 54
CH-COL LINE: 2 - 56
EXIT 58 (old 5) - SR 620: 2 - 58
EXIT 61 (old 6-EW, old 6) - VA 10: 3 - 61
EXIT 62 (old 6) - VA 288: 1 - 62
EXIT 64 (old 6A) - SR 613: 2 - 64
EXIT 67 (old 7) - VA 150, VA 895: 3 - 67
RIC-CH LINE: 0.5 - 67.5
EXIT 69 (old 8) - VA 161: 1.5 - 69
EXIT 73 (old 9) - Maury St: 4 - 73
EXIT 74A (old 9A) - VA 195: 1 - 74
EXIT 74B (old 10A) - Franklin St: 0.25 - 74.25
EXIT 74C (old 10) - US 250: 0.5 - 74.5
EXIT 75 (old 11) - I-64 EB (exit 190): 0.5 - 75
EXIT 76A (old 12) - US 1, US 301: 0.5 - 75.5
EXIT 76B (old 13) - VA 33: 0.5 - 76
EXIT 78 (old 14) - VA 161: 2 - 78
EXIT 79 (old 15A) - I-64 WB (exit 187), I-195: 1 - 79
HR-RIC LINE: 1 - 80
EXIT 80 (old 15) - VA 161: 0 - 80
EXIT 81 (old 16) - US 1: 1 - 81
EXIT 82 (old 17) - US 301, VA 2: 1 - 82
EXIT 83 (old 35) - VA 73: 1 - 83
EXIT 84 (old 36) - I-295 (exit 43): 1 - 84
HN-HR LINE: 1 - 85
EXIT 86 (old 37) - SR 656: 1 - 86
EXIT 89 (old 38) - SR 802: 3 - 89
EXIT 92 (old 39) - VA 54: 3 - 92
EXIT 98 (old 40) - VA 30: 6 - 98
CL-HN LINE: 3 - 101
EXIT 104 (old 41) - VA 207: 3 - 104
EXIT 110 (old 42) - SR 639: 6 - 110
SP-CL LINE: 7 - 117
EXIT 118 (old 43) - SR 606: 1 - 118
EXIT 126 (old 44) - US 1, US 17 SB: 8 - 126
FRD-SP LINE: 3 - 129
EXIT 130 (old 45) - VA 3: 1 - 130
ST-FRD LINE: 2 - 132
EXIT 133 (old 46) - US 17 NB, US 17 Bus: 1 - 133
EXIT 136 - SR 627: 3 - 136
EXIT 140 (old 47) - SR 630: 4 - 140
EXIT 143 (old 48) - US 1: 3 - 143
PW-ST LINE: 5 - 148
EXIT 148 (old 49) - Barrett Rd: 0 - 148
EXIT 150 (old 50) - SR 619: 2 - 150
EXIT 152 (old 51) - VA 234: 2 - 152
EXIT 156 (old 52) - SR 784: 4 - 156
EXIT 158 - SR 3000: 2 - 158
EXIT 160 (old 53) - VA 123: 2 - 160
FX-PW LINE: 0.5 - 160.5
EXIT 161 (old 54) - US 1: 0.5 - 161
EXIT 163 (old 55) - SR 642: 2 - 163
EXIT 166 (old 56) - SR 617, SR 7100: 3 - 166
EXIT 167 - SR 617: 1 - 167
EXIT 169 (old 57) - SR 644: 2 - 169
EXIT 170 (old 58, old 4) - I-395 (exit 1), I-495 WB (exit 57): 1 - 170
EXIT 173 (old 3) - SR 613: 3 - 173
EXIT 174 (old 3A) - Eisenhower Connector: 1 - 174
EXIT 176 (old 2) - VA 241: 2 - 176
ALX-FX LINE: 1 - 177
EXIT 177 (old 1) - US 1, VA 400: 0 - 177
WASH DC LINE: 1 - 178
Creation:  The first pieces of I-95 to exist were: US 1 Woodbridge to the 14th St Bridge (had been built as VA 350 in the 40's-50's and the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike from I-85 to US 301-VA 2, completed in 1958. The 1959 Official Map is the first to label anything (Richmond-Petersburg Tpk) as I-95.
Adjustments:  In 1959 I-95 around Emporia was opened.
In 1961, I-95 was done between US 301-VA 35-VA 156 north to the next US 301 exit.
By 1962, I-95 was extended north to I-85 from that US 301 exit.
In 1963, 2 sections were added: From Emporia south to NC, and from US 301-VA 2 Richmond north to VA 54 Hanover.
In 1964, I-95 was completed from VA 54 to US 1 Massaponax and also from US 1 Woodbridge to VA 234 Dumfries.
In 1965, I-95 was completed between Massaponax and Dumfries.
In 1977, I-95 was rerouted in the Washington DC area. I-95 was given its current routing along the Beltway, replacing I-495 (which was added back on in 1993). The freeway through Arlington to the 14th St. Bridge became I-395.
In 1981, I-95 was extended south from US 301-VA 35-VA 156 to SR 645 in Sussex County. This extension took away US 301 NB lanes.
In 1982, the last piece between SR 645 and US 301 north of Emporia was completed. Some of this construction also took away US 301 NB lanes.
Posting:  Fully posted; mysteriously a really old-style (70's) shield was put up NB after VA 234 at the completion of the exit expansion there (removed 6 months later). The famous Miami, FL signs are at the I-295 interchange north of Richmond and just south of I-85. For some reason, the ones north of I-295 have the Miami, FL covered now.   There are also Atlanta signs at the I-85 split.
In the 80's, the exit and guide BGS's in the HOV lanes were black. They looked pretty cool if you ask me.
Comment:  As you travel I-95 in Virginia, you can experience the gradual transition from North to South.  The northern part is characterized by the infamous Springfield beltway interchange, as well as the HOV lanes running down the center of the road.  From Dave:
I hate driving this segment as it seems to a very high moron ratio, even by northern VA standards.   The choking traffic continues through Fredericksburg, but then gradually begins to taper down after that.  South of Richmond/Petersburg, the transition is complete, as you're now traveling a fairly boring road with only the ubiquitous South of the Border signs and Waffle Houses to break up the monotony.  Only 489 miles to Florida.....

As a commuter from Fredericksburg to Bethesda, MD, I can vouch for the validity of that assessment.
I didn't verify this but surely it must be true:  from 1977 until the exit renumbering in 1992, I-95 in Virginia had to be the only route in the country to use the same exit number three times in one state. You had Exit 2 (US 301 south of Emporia), Exit 2 (I-85) on the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike, and Exit 2 (VA 241) on the Capital Beltway; There was Exit 3 (US 58 Emporia), Exit 3 (Downtown Petersburg) on the Richmond-Petersburg Tpk., and Exit 3 (SR 613 Van Dorn St.) on the Capital Beltway; Finally, there was also Exit 4 (US 301 north of Emporia), Exit 4 (Colonial Heights), and Exit 4 (I-395/495) on the Capital Beltway.
In recent years, I-95 has been largely reconstructed in northern VA, including the addition of center reversible HOV lanes in the early 90's to Woodbridge and 1998 to Dumfries.  This construction will continue with a massive reconfiguration of the 95/395/495 Springfield interchange (ahead of schedule!) and a new bridge across the Potomac.
I-95 totally blows off US 60, US 360, VA 33, VA 197, and VA 400-90005.
Additional detailed info on I-95 exists on Scott Kozel's site.
From:  City of Richmond
To:   City of Richmond
Total Length:  4 miles  
ROUTE LOG
VA 76, VA 195: 0 - 0
VA 147: 0.5 - 0.5
VA 6: 0.5 - 1
US 33, US 250: 1 - 2
HR-RIC LINE: 0.5 - 2.5
I-64 WB (exit 186): 1 - 3.5
I-64 EB (exit 187), I-95 (exit 79): 0.5 - 3.5
Creation:  The CTB requested the addition of what became I-195 in a resolution to BPR (precursor to FHWA) in June, 1968.  Appeared as a dotted line on maps in 1972. I-195 opened in its entirety in 1975.
Adjustments:  None
Posting:  Fully posted
Comments:  Connects the Powhite Pkwy to I-95. I-195 is the suggested route to reach US 60 and US 360 WB from I-95 north. The median of I-195 contains the railroad for a good chunk of it.
I-195 totally blows off US 60, US 360.
Additional detailed info on I-195 exists on Scott Kozel's site.
From:  south of Petersburg (Prince George County)
To:  Short Pump (Henrico County)
Total Length: 53 miles  
ROUTE LOG
EXIT 1 - I-95 (exit 46): 0 - 0
EXIT 3 - US 460: 3 - 3
EXIT 9 - VA 36: 6.5 - 9.5
HOP-PG LINE: 0 - 9.5
PG-HOP LINE: 0.5 - 10
HOP-PG LINE: 2.5 - 12.5
CH-HOP LINE: 0.5 - 13
EXIT 15 - VA 10: 2 - 15
HR-CH LINE: 3 - 18
EXIT 22 - VA 5: 4 - 22
EXIT 25 - VA 895: 3 - 25
EXIT 28 - US 60, VA 33, VA 156: 3 - 28
EXIT 28 - I-64 (exit 200): 1 - 29
EXIT 31 - VA 156: 2 - 31
HN-HR LINE: 0.5 - 31.5
EXIT 34 - SR 615: 2.5 - 34
EXIT 37 - US 360: 3 - 37
EXIT 38 - SR 627: 1 - 38
EXIT 41 - US 301, VA 2: 3 - 41
HR-HN LINE: 1 - 42
EXIT 43 - I-95 (exit 84): 1 - 43
EXIT 43 - US 1: 1 - 44
EXIT 45 - Woodman Rd: 1 - 45
EXIT 49 - US 33: 4 - 49
EXIT 51 - Nuckols Rd: 2 - 51
EXIT 53 - I-64 (exit 177): 2 - 53
Creation: I-295 appeared as a dotted line between 1968-70, as a 3/4 beltway around Richmond. The first section to open was from I-64 Short Pump to US 60, VA 33, VA 156 Sandston in 1981.
Adjustments: The dotted line was changed from beltway to include Petersburg bypassing in 1980.
I-295 was extended south from Sandston to VA 5 in 1989.
In 1991, I-295 was extended from VA 5 to VA 10, across the rather nifty James River Bridge.
In 1992, I-295 was completed from VA 10 down to I-95.
Posting: Fully posted; I-295 is mainly known for the famous Miami, FL exit sign on I-95 north of Richmond, now covered over. Between the I-64 exits, I-295 is often signed as TO I-64 and/or TO I-95 on BGS signs from cross routes.
Comment: I-295 is Virginia's longest 3di. All of the exits are clovers except its two endpoints and newly opened VA 895 (which ends at I-295). I-295 is 8 lanes between I-95 and I-64 (the NE segment of the Richmond bypass), and is rarely crowded. I-295 is 6 lanes everywhere else north of VA 36 Hopewell.
I-295 totally blows off VA 156 (Mechanicsville) and VA 106.
Additional detailed info on I-295 exists on Scott Kozel's site.
From:  Springfield (Fairfax County)
To: DC Line at Pentagon City (Arlington County)
Total Length: 9 miles
I-395 continues into DC to end at US 50 New York Avenue, about 12 miles total  
ROUTE LOG
EXIT 1 - I-95 (exit 170), I-495 (exit 57): 0 - 0
EXIT 2 - SR 648: 1 - 1
EXIT 3 - VA 236: 1 - 2
ALX-FX LINE: 0 - 2
EXIT 4 - VA 420: 1.5 - 3.5
AR-ALX LINE: 1 - 4.5
EXIT 5 - VA 7: 0 - 4.5
EXIT 6 - Quaker Ln: 1 - 5.5
EXIT 7 - VA 120: 0.5 - 6
EXIT 8 - VA 27: 1.5 - 7.5
EXIT 9 - VA 110: 1 - 8.5
EXIT 10 - US 1 SB: 0.25 - 8.75
EXIT 10C (old 11): 0.25 - 9
WASH DC LINE: 0 - 9
Creation: I-395 was created in 1977 as a renumbering of I-95. In earlier times this was VA 350.
Adjustments: None
Posting: Fully posted
Comments: One of the more massive superhighways in the country.   Includes a two-lane reversible HOV roadway in the median (which continues down I-95 to Dumfries), with attendant crossover ramps.  Every interchange has a complexity of sorts, with the most spectacular being the interchange at the Pentagon which ties in VA 27, VA 110, and US 1 (and could also be defined to include the GW Pkwy. and Boundary Dr.).  According to Scott Kozel's web site, this became the largest interchange complex in the world when it was rebuilt from earlier interchanges from 1970 to 1973.   It may still be the largest in the world. I-395 is often the site of horrendous backups during rush hour.   These generally occur in the non-HOV lanes, but a surreal sight occurred shortly after the blizzard of 1996 when the HOV lanes were stopped for miles, while the non-HOV lanes were completely empty!
Additional detailed info on I-395 exists on Scott Kozel's site

 
 
From:  MD Line near Langley (Fairfax County)
To:  DC Line at City of Alexandria (really! check out a detailed map to see the corner of DC the beltway touches)
Total Length:  22 miles
I-495 completes a loop around the Washington DC area, totaling 64 miles  
ROUTE LOG

177 old exit 1 US 1 - Old Town Alexandria, Ft. Belvoir, Mt. Vernon
176 old exit 2 VA 241 - Telegraph Rd. - Alexandria
174 old exit 3A Eisenhower Ave. Connector (opened 1998)
172 old exit 3 CR 613 - Van Dorn St. - Franconia
57B, 170B old exit 4A I-395 north - Washington
57A old exit 4A I-95 south - Richmond
54A-B old exit 5 CR 620 - Braddock Rd.
52A-B old exit 6 VA 236 - Little River Turnpike - Fairfax, Annandale
51 old exit 7 CR 650 - Gallows Rd.
50A-B old exit 8 US 50 - Arlington Blvd. - Fairfax, Arlington
49C old exit 9A I-66 west - Vienna, Front Royal (NB sign - from left lane)
     I-66 west - Manassas, Front Royal (SB sign)
49B old exit 9B I-66 east - Washington (NB only)
49A old exit 9C I-66 west - Vienna, Front Royal (NB only - from right lane)
47A-B old exit 10 VA 7 - Leesburg Pike - Falls Church, Tysons Corner
46A-B old exit 11 VA 123 - Chain Bridge Rd. - McLean, Tysons Corner
45 old exit 12 VA 267 west - Dulles Airport & Toll Rd. (NB & SB exit)
     To I-66 east - Washington (SB exit only)
44 old exit 13 VA 193 - Georgetown Pike - Langley, Great Falls
43 old exit 14 George Washington Memorial Parkway
Creation:  Planning for a D.C. Beltway dates back at least to the early 1950s.  The creation of the Interstate system in 1956 gave the project a major push.
Adjustments:  In 1962, I-495 was open from US 50 Merrifield to I-95/VA 350 (curr I-95,395) Springfield and from US 1 Alexandria across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
I-495 was completed from VA 7 to the Maryland line at Cabin John in 1963.
In 1964, I-495 was finished in Virginia.
In 1977, due to cancellation of I-95 within D.C., the eastern half of the Beltway, east of the Springfield Interchange on the Virginia side, was renumbered I-95.
Ca. 1993, I-495 was added back to the eastern half of the Beltway, once again forming a full loop.
Posting:  Fully posted; Control city on the Inner Loop was changed from Rockville to Tysons Corner in the early 90's.
Comment:  From Dave:
The Capital Beltway. What can I say that hasn't been said before?  Not a whole lot, except I'm glad I don't have to drive it during rush hour very often. The left lane merge to the northbound lanes from eastbound I-66 is always a fun experience, especially on a weeknight when I need to get off at the right-side VA 7 about a mile away.

Mike commute 24 miles of the beltway everyday, with the morning a breeze and the afternoon a pain, while Froggie commutes about 5 miles across the Wilson Bridge, with few problems.
I-495 totally blows off US 29/VA 237 and mostly blows off VA 400-90005 (there's one off-ramp from the Inner Loop).
While I-495 has cardinal directions signed (east-west east of the Springfield Interchange, north-south west of the Springfield Interchange), most area residents and media outlets refer to the two directions as the Inner Loop (clockwise) and the Outer Loop (counter-clockwise).
There are several other sites involving the Beltway, so here's some useful links:
Additional detailed info on I-495 exists on Scott Kozel's site
William Yurasko's Beltway page
Capital Beltway Study
Woodrow Wilson Bridge project
Springfield Interchange project
Washington Post traffic report

 
 
I-595   Proposed
Previous I-595's: I-595: Was proposed along a 1-mile section of US 1 in Crystal City.  US 1 was supposed to be upgraded to Interstate standards, but instead became the semi-limited access highway which is there today.  No I-595 signs were ever posted, although VDOT official state maps from 1972-76 label I-595 in the DC inset (the '72 and '73 maps show the GW Pkwy as I-595 in error). I believe the VDOT county atlas still had it in 1993.

 
 
I-795   Proposed
Previous I-795's: I-795:Appeared on 1988 Official VDOT map as a proposed route in Petersburg between I-95 and US 460.  Proposed Interstate became Wagner Rd. instead. I-795 also appears in the 1989 edition of the DeLorme Virginia Atlas.
I-895   Proposed
Previous I-895's: I-895: Proposed number for the toll route (Pocahontas Pkwy) recently opened from jct. I-95/VA 150 to I-295 (mile 25).  This route was once part of the planned I-295 before 295 was extended to Petersburg. I-895 was on VDOT official maps from 1996-2001, but when it was completed it became VA 895.

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