Interstate 64 stretches nearly 300 miles from West Virginia to Hampton Roads. It crosses the Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley and the central Piedmont.
It overlaps I-81 between Lexington and Staunton for 30 miles and I-95 for three miles in Richmond.
It intersects with I-81, I-77 and I-95.
I-64 west of Richmond was initially planned to run along Route 460 through Farmville, Lynchburg, and Roanoke instead of paralleling Route 250 as it does now.
This southern route was favored by Gov. J. Lindsay Almond Jr. and most members of the State Highway Commission. The decision was on hold for three years. In 1961, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Luther Hodges rejected that plan and chose the present route.
While acknowledging there were benefits to the southern route, he said “they do not equal the superior benefits, such as directness, shorter distance, less cost and greater service that would result from construction of the north location.”