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Interstate 195

The 3.3 miles of Interstate 195 is a spur from the intersection of interstates 95 and 64 in Richmond.

The challenge of building I-195 was to do it through heavy traffic on major and historic thoroughfares, such as Monument Avenue. That was met by using the right of way of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad.

A retaining wall had to be built along most of the corridor because the highway was below existing streets and the railroad track had to be lowered so overpasses could cross it. This wall served as a buffer for adjoining residential property.

When I-195 opened in 1975, it was one of only two highways in the country with rail lines using the median strip.