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I-895 #1: When it was decided in 1975 to move I-95 onto the DC Beltway, AASHO opposed the number 395 and wanted it renumbered as I-895 instead.
There was correspondence throughout 1975-76 on this issue. But in the end, in July 1976 AASHO did finally approve I-395.
I-895 #2: Per Scott Kozel's website, today's VA 895 was approved as an I-895 corridor by the FWHA in 1984. In a very extensive explanation of the history of route 895, Kozel documents why the designation ultimately ended up being VA 895 instead of I-895.
Route 895 was the first project in Virginia under the 1995 Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA). This would make route 895 a toll road. Back in the 1980s when the decision to build and approvals were obtained, nobody knew it would be a toll road. Federal money was spent on some of the design and also an update to the Environmental Impact Study, albeit a small fraction compared to the overall cost of the highway. When the route was nearing completion, permission to sign it as I-895 was denied on the basis of spending that Federal money on a toll road.
I don't think VDOT thought this was going to be the outcome - the road is shown as I-895 on planning documents and on official maps from 1996-2001.
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