Interstate 195 (Virginia)

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Interstate 195

Beltline Expressway
I-195 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-95
Maintained by VDOT
Length3.24 mi[1] (5.21 km)
Existedc. 1970–present
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end
SR 76 / SR 146 / SR 195 Toll in Richmond
Major intersections
North end I-64 / I-95 in Richmond
CountryUnited States
CountiesCity of Richmond, Henrico
Highway system
SR 194 SR 195

Interstate 195 (I-195) is an auxiliary Interstate Highway in the US state of Virginia. Known as the Beltline Expressway, the highway runs 3.24 miles (5.21 km) from State Route 195 (SR 195), a toll road that continues south into Downtown Richmond, north to I-64 and I-95 on the northern edge of Richmond. I-195 passes through the West End of Richmond and connects I-64 and I-95 with US Route 33 (US 33) and US 250, which follow Broad Street, and with SR 76, a toll road that links Richmond with the Southside of the metropolitan area.

Route description

View north along I-195 near SR 197 in Richmond

I-195 begins as a continuation of SR 195 (Downtown Expressway), a toll road that connects I-195 with I-95 in Downtown Richmond. The transition between the Interstate and the state-numbered highway occurs just east of the McCloy Street overpass south of the Carytown district of Richmond. The four-lane freeway gains a pair of lanes just west of the transition where there is a southbound exit ramp for Rosewood Avenue, which leads to City Stadium, and a northbound entrance ramp from Idlewood Avenue. Northbound I-195 has an exit for SR 147 (Cary Street) and Floyd Avenue, while a ramp from SR 147 joins the southbound Interstate as the highway curves north on a pair of two-lane flyover ramps to join the six lanes of SR 76 (Powhite Parkway) that join the Interstate at that toll road's northern terminus.[2][3]

I-195 continues northeast as a six-lane freeway; its median is occupied by CSX Transportation's two-track North End Subdivision, which is also used by Amtrak. The southbound I-195 has an exit ramp to Hamilton Street, which parallels the highway to the west, to serve SR 147 and Grove Avenue. A short distance to the north, northbound I-195 has exit and entrance ramps to and from Thompson Street, which parallels the Interstate to the east, to access SR 6 (Patterson Avenue) and Grove Avenue. North of Monument Avenue, from which the southbound direction receives a ramp, I-195 has a multipart interchange with Broad Street, which carries US 33 and US 250. The southbound freeway receives a ramp from Hamilton Street, and the northbound freeway has an exit ramp to Clay Street north of the Broad Street overpass. After the overpass, northbound I-195 crosses over the North End Subdivision, and both directions pass under Hamilton Street, with which the freeway has a half diamond interchange that allows access to US 33 and US 250 from the north.[2][3]

I-195 passes through an industrial area in which the highway crosses over SR 197 (Westwood Avenue) and a railyard of CSX Transportation's RF&P Subdivision just north of its wye junction with the North End Subdivision. While on the viaduct, the Interstate briefly enters Henrico County. North of the S-curved viaduct, I-195 has a three-quarter diamond interchange with the western end of Laburnum Avenue, which provides access to SR 197. The interchange's north-facing ramp is from eastbound I-64 within the Bryan Park Interchange, a three-level stack interchange with multiple flyover ramps where I-195 reaches its northern terminus at I-64 and I-95 south of Bryan Park at the northernmost point in the city of Richmond. Ramps to southbound I-195 converge and ramps from northbound I-195 diverge for westbound I-64 toward Charlottesville, northbound I-95 toward Washington, and eastbound I-64 and southbound I-95 (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike) toward Downtown Richmond, where the Interstates diverge toward Norfolk and Petersburg, respectively.[2][3]

Exit list

City of Richmond0.000.00

SR 195 Toll east to I-64 east / I-95 – Downtown Richmond
Southern terminus; I-195 continues south as SR 195
0.000.00Rosewood Avenue – City StadiumSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
SR 147 (Cary Street) / Floyd Avenue / Grove Avenue

To Powhite Parkway (SR 76 south) / SR 150 / US 60 / US 360
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.272.04 SR 6 (Patterson Avenue) / Grove Avenueno direct southbound access
1.682.70 US 33 / US 250 (Broad Street) / Hamilton Street
HenricoNo major intersections
City of Richmond2.624.22 SR 197 (Laburnum Avenue)northbound exit and southbound entrance
3.505.63 I-64 / I-95 – Charlottesville, Washington, Norfolk, PetersburgNorthern terminus; I-64 exit 186; I-95 exit 79
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Starks, Edward (January 27, 2022). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Google (November 29, 2011). "Interstate 195" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "VDOT Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)" (Shapefile). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2014.

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