Interstate 95 goes for 177 miles through Virginia, from Washington, D.C., to North Carolina. I-95 is the nation’s longest north-south interstate, running 1,920 miles from Maine to Florida.
It rescued motorists from huge bottlenecks developing along U.S. Route 1, which had been the primary north-south artery for the East Coast. Within three decades, I-95 was widened from four to six lanes.
VDOT’s first completed interstate project was the I-95 bypass of Emporia, which opened Sept. 8, 1959. The final segment in Virginia, from the Emporia Bypass to Jarratt, opened Sept. 15, 1982.
The first lanes in the U.S. exclusively for buses and carpools were on I-95 and I-395 in northern Virginia. They opened in 1969.