About Virginia Road Transportation System
As laid down by the Byrd Road Act in 1932, the state government of Virginia regulates majority of the roads in the state, rather than a local county or city government as is common in other U.S. states. Till 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation is functioning as the owner and operator of 57,867 miles of the overall 68,428 miles of roadways. The state is home to the third biggest state highway system in the U.S.
The Reason Foundation rates the road transportation system in Virginia as the 16th best in the country. Despite the fact that the Washington Metropolitan Region faces the second worst traffic problems in the country, the state, on the whole, has the 21st minimum overcrowding and the average travel time is 26.9 minutes. The state has both small outlays for bridges and roads, and a negligible road mortality rate.
The Virginia State Highway System is an integrated infrastructure of roadways supervised by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Till 2005, 57,082 miles of state highways were overseen by VDOT and it is the third biggest state highway system in the U.S., following Texas and North Carolina.
The state has a widespread network of interstate highways. Given below are the names of the major interstate highways in Virginia:
Interstate 81 and Interstate 95 are two important north-south highways across VA. The Capital Beltway, Interstate 495 traverses the Potomac River in McLean and Alexandria.
The Springfield Interchange at the crossroads of I- 395, I- 95, and the Capital Beltway, in Springfield, Virginia, to the south of Washington, D.C., has lately been renovated to better traffic movement. Interstate 66, one more highly toured itinerary into Washington, D.C., joins the Capital Beltway to I-81 at Front Royal, VA. I - 64 moves from the east to the west across the state, from the end point in Chesapeake in VA's southeast, moving northwest into Richmond, subsequently west across Charlottesville and into West VA and outside. Though Chesapeake and Springfield are two of the busiest intersections, I - 81 joining Interstates 64, 66 and 77, is the most extensive Interstate Highway of Virginia.
In total, 8111 miles of primary highways, comprising U.S. Routes, assigned and enumerated by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation executives, and Primary State Itineraries, assigned and enumerated by VDOT are present in VA. The primary highways in the state are as follows:
There are 48,305 miles of secondary highways in Virginia. These highways are enumerated 600 and above and get lower financing than primary highways.
Many national parkways are situated in VA and these include the following:
- Colonial Parkway
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Skyline Drive
- George Washington Parkway
Beltways and Bypasses
The beltways and bypasses are present in the following areas:
- Northern Virginia (Capital Beltway)
- Hampton Roads (Hampton Roads Beltway)
- Staunton (Staunton Beltway)
Rivers and watercourse bridges
Listed below are the names of some of the major bridges, tunnels, and bridge tunnels in Virginia:
- The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (longest bridge-tunnel in the world)
- Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel
- Big Walker Mountain Tunnel in th Appalachian
- The James River Bridge
- Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
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