WASHINGTON – Traveling to or beyond Richmond this weekend will require flexibility and patience.
A two-mile stretch of Interstate 95 southbound through downtown Richmond between Boulevard (mile marker 78) and North Belvidere Street (mile marker 76) will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, March 1 until 6 a.m. Monday, March 4. Traffic on I-95. which shares the road with I-64 in that stretch, will run two ways on the northbound side with one lane available in each direction.
Northbound and southbound traffic on I-95, which shares the road with I-64 in that stretch, will each have only one lane available.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is in the middle of replacing 11 bridges along that stretch of I-95. The work has routinely closed lanes at night but crews will need two full weekends to replace a bridge over Overbrook Road.
Similar lane closures are planned for next weekend as well.
Interstate 295 presents an excellent and easy alternative to get around Richmond. Heading southbound you can access this workaround north of Richmond and eventually meet back with I-95 south of Petersburg and I-85.
The additional bonus to this route is the avoidance of the infamous speed traps almost always present in Colonial Heights and Petersburg. However, before you are lulled into complacency by a heavy foot, note that another well known speed trap exists on I-295 in Hopewell.
Also be aware that many others will be using this workaround so there could be volume delays on I-295. At least, if you are caught in volume delays you will be less likely to be caught in Hopewell!