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Photo: I-395 getting ready to enter Virginia (Adam Froehlig taken 11-10-02)
EXIT 1 - I-95 (exit 170), I-495 (exit 57): 0 - 0
EXIT 2 - SR 648: 1.11 - 1.11
Alexandria-Fairfax Line: 1.42 - 2.53
EXIT 3 - VA 236: 0.21 - 2.74
EXIT 4 - VA 420: 1.64 - 4.38
Arlington-Alexandria Line: 1.11 - 5.49
EXIT 5 - VA 7: 0 - 5.49
EXIT 6 - VA 402: 0.77 - 6.26
Alexandria-Arlington Line: 0 - 6.26
Arlington-Alexandria Line: 0.26 - 6.52
EXIT 7 - VA 120: 0.15 - 6.67
EXIT 8A - VA 27: 1.20 - 7.87
EXIT 8B-C - US 1 SB, VA 110: 1.42 - 9.19
EXIT 9 - Boundary Channel Drive: 0.40 - 9.59
EXIT 10 - George Washington Pkwy: 0.15 - 9.78
WASH DC LINE: 0.02 - 9.80
Creation: I-395 was born in Oct 1975 (CTB) as a renumbering of I-95, running the way it does now. AASHO had wanted this to be numbered as I-895 per documents in 1975-76. I-395 was finally approved by AASHO in July 1976. This is the 2nd I-395.
Improvements: upon designation I-395 was 6-lanes from I-95/495 to VA 236; 8-lanes from VA 236 to DC. The reversible HOV roadway was 2 lanes throughout.
In Dec 2014, the reversible roadway was widened to 3 lanes from Turkeycock Run southward.
Posted: Fully posted; few if any state-named shields remain anywhere.
Multiplexes: US 1 (0.57 mi)
Legislative names: Henry G. Shirley Memorial Hwy, entire length (3-20-42 designation predates I-395)
Other names: None
Scenic Byway: No segments
HOoT and HOV Lane Exits:
Comments: The interchange complex in the vicinity of the Pentagon was the largest in the world when reconstructed in the early 1970s.
Most of the interchanges are clovers modified to account for the lack of space available when they were converted from the simple interchanges of VA 350 from the 1940s. The VA 402 (Shirlington) interchange is essentially a roundabout overtop of the freeway.
There is no movement from I-395 NB to VA 110 NB.
Originally, the BGSs in the HOV lanes were black instead of green. These signs made it to the late 1980s at least.
I-395 #1: Appeared in Oct 1972 AASHO correspondence as the intended renumbering of I-95 from the I-295 interchange south of Petersburg north to the current I-85 north end in Petersburg. This was part of the idea to move I-95 to the eventual I-295 bypassing petersburg and Richmond.
In Oct 1975, Virginia wanted to use the number 395 for the renumbering of I-95 inside the DC Beltway, Correspondence with AASHO showed some doubt whether I-295 around Richmond/Petersburg was ever going to be built (which took another 20 years as it turned out). When AASHO formally approved I-395 in Northern Virginia, they renumbered the Petersburg I-395 as I-795.
Page last modified 25 March 2022