Virginia Transportation

Virginia Transportation

Virginia is known to have one of the best and accessible transportation systems. It has a wide network of railroads and highways that are well developed. All these have been built for more than 400 years now and are a major tourist attraction.

The construction of all the major transits like sea, air and land started way back in 1607 in Jamestown. A lot of trails have been incorporated from the Native Americans. Virginia transportation involves planes, boats, cars, trains and helicopters.

Virginia Transportation

Virginia Transportation - Bridges and Highways

The Virginia Department of Transportation maintains the Virginia State Highway System. All the highways and roads are integrated and well maintained. In the year 2005, the Virginia Department of Transportation takes care of 57,082 miles of state highways making it the 3rd largest in the United States.

The Interstate 81 and the North Carolina Interstate 95 are one of the most important north-south highways in Virginia. Another route that is heavily traveled is the Interstate 66 that connects from Washington D.C to Capital Beltway at Front Royal. The Virginia Interstate 64 plies from east-west from the terminus of Virginia to Richmond.

Virginia Transportation - Interstate Highways

The Interstate highway in Virginia is very extensive in Virginia. The total of the Interstate Highway covers about 1118 miles. These are the freeways that have been approved by the Federal Highway Administration. Some of the Interstate Highways are given below:

East-West Routes- Major
I-74, I-64 and I-66
North-South Routes- Major
I-73, I-77, I-81 and I-95
Interstates Three-Digit
I-264, I-195, I-395 and I-664

Virginia Transportation - Primary Highway

The primary highway covers up to 8111 miles in Virginia. It covers all the major U.S routes that are approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. All the primary routes consist of business, bypass, alternate and bannered routes. Most of the primary routes are below 600 except 785 and 895 which are Interstate Highways. Some of the primary highways in Virginia are:

US-21, US-50, US-221, US-250 and US-522

Virginia Transportation - Secondary Highway

The secondary highway covers up to 48,305 miles in Virginia. There are more than 600 roads as compared to the primary routes. Most of the roads in Virginia are taken care by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Since these roads and routes are under the supervision of the VDT everything is taken care of.

Virginia Transportation - National Parkways

There are many national parkways in Virginia for the convenience of tourists. A few national parkways are:

  • The Colonial Parkway
  • The Skyline Drive
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway
  • The George Washington Parkway

 Virginia Transportation - Waterway and River Crossings

There are many waterways and river crossings. Some of the best crossings are:

  • American Legion Memorial Bridge that is across Potomac River on I-495
  • Boulevard Bridge which is in Richmond
  • Arland D.WilliamJr. Memorial Bridge
  • Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel
  • James River Bridge
  • Midtown Tunnel

Virginia Transportation- Passenger Rail

The passenger rail service in Virginia is taken care by Virginia Railway Express and Amtrak. The concerned department is working on making it to be a high speed passenger rail. It would cover areas like Virginia Peninsula and South Hampton Roads. In Virginia, the Transdominion Express takes care of a major part of south central regions.

Virginia Transportation - Airports

Virginia has many commercial airports like:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Washington Dulles International Airport
  • Williamsburg International Airport

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

Virginia Department of Transportation Agency Overview
VDOT Jurisdiction Virginia
VDOT Headquarters 1401 E. Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
37°32′16″N 77°25′48″W
VDOT Annual Budget $3.38 b USD (FY2010)
VDOT Agency Executive Gregory A. Whirley Sr., Acting Commissioner
Wanda H. Wells, Inspector General:
VDOT Parent Agency Commonwealth Transportation Board
Virginia Department of Transportation Website

List of Airports in Virginia

City served FAA IATA ICAO Airport name
Commercial Service - Primary Airports
Charlottesville CHO CHO KCHO Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport
Lynchburg LYH LYH KLYH Lynchburg Regional Airport (Preston Glenn Field)
Newport News PHF PHF KPHF Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Norfolk ORF ORF KORF Norfolk International Airport
Richmond RIC RIC KRIC Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field)
Roanoke ROA ROA KROA Roanoke Regional Airport (Woodrum Field)
Washington, D.C. (Arlington County) DCA DCA KDCA Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington, D.C. (Chantilly / Dulles) IAD IAD KIAD Washington Dulles International Airport
Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports
Staunton / Waynesboro / Harrisonburg SHD SHD KSHD Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport
Reliever Airports
Leesburg JYO JYO KJYO Leesburg Executive Airport
Manassas HEF MNZ KHEF Manassas Regional Airport (Harry P. Davis Field)
Norfolk / Chesapeake PVG   KPVG Hampton Roads Executive Airport
Richmond FCI   KFCI Chesterfield County Airport
Stafford RMN   KRMN Stafford Regional Airport
Warrenton HWY   KHWY Warrenton-Fauquier Airport
General Aviation Airports
Abingdon VJI VJI KVJI Virginia Highlands Airport
Blacksburg BCB BCB KBCB Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport
Brookneal 0V4     Brookneal/Campbell County Airport
Culpeper CJR   KCJR Culpeper Regional Airport (T.I. Martin Field)
Danville DAN DAN KDAN Danville Regional Airport
Dublin PSK PSK KPSK New River Valley Airport
Emporia EMV   KEMV Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport
Farmville FVX   KFVX Farmville Regional Airport
Franklin FKN FKN KFKN Franklin Municipal-John Beverly Rose Airport
Front Royal FRR FRR KFRR Front Royal-Warren County Airport
Galax / Hillsville HLX   KHLX Twin County Airport
Grundy GDY   KGDY Grundy Municipal Airport
Hot Springs HSP HSP KHSP Ingalls Field
Jonesville 0VG     Lee County Airport
Louisa LKU LOW KLKU Louisa County Airport (Freeman Field)
Luray W45     Luray Caverns Airport
Marion / Wytheville MKJ   KMKJ Mountain Empire Airport
Martinsville MTV   KMTV Blue Ridge Airport
Melfa MFV MFV KMFV Accomack County Airport
Norfolk / Chesapeake CPK   KCPK Chesapeake Regional Airport
Orange OMH   KOMH Orange County Airport
Petersburg PTB PTB KPTB Dinwiddie County Airport
Quinton W96     New Kent County Airport
Richlands JFZ   KJFZ Tazewell County Airport
Richmond / Ashland OFP   KOFP Hanover County Municipal Airport
South Boston W78     William M. Tuck Airport
South Hill AVC   KAVC Mecklenburg-Brunswick Regional Airport
Suffolk SFQ   KSFQ Suffolk Executive Airport
Tangier TGI   KTGI Tangier Island Airport
Tappahannock XSA   KXSA Tappahannock-Essex County Airport (replaced Tappahannock Municipal)
West Point FYJ   KFYJ Middle Peninsula Regional Airport
Winchester OKV WGO KOKV Winchester Regional Airport
Wise LNP LNP KLNP Lonesome Pine Airport
        Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS)
Blackstone BKT BKT KBKT Allen C. Perkinson Airport / Blackstone Army Airfield
Bridgewater VBW   KVBW Bridgewater Air Park
Bumpass 7W4     Lake Anna Airport
Chester 2G6     McLaughlin Seaplane Base
Chase City CXE   KCXE Chase City Municipal Airport
Clarksville W63     Marks Municipal Airport
Crewe W81     Crewe Municipal Airport
Forest W90     New London Airport
Fredericksburg EZF   KEZF Shannon Airport
Gordonsville GVE GVE KGVE Gordonsville Municipal Airport
Kenbridge W31     Lunenburg County Airport
Lawrenceville LVL LVL KLVL Lawrenceville/Brunswick Municipal Airport
Lynchburg W24     Falwell Airport
Moneta W91     Smith Mountain Lake Airport
New Market 8W2     New Market Airport
Saluda W75     Hummel Field
Wakefield AKQ   KAKQ Wakefield Municipal Airport
Waynesboro W13     Eagle's Nest Airport
Weirwood 9VG     Campbell Field Airport
Williamsburg JGG   KJGG Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport
        Other Military/Government Airports
Fort A.P. Hill / Bowling Green APH APH KAPH A.P. Hill Army Airfield
Dahlgren NDY DGN KNDY NSWC Dahlgren
Fentress NFE   KNFE NALF Fentress
Fort Belvoir DAA DAA KDAA Davison Army Airfield
Fort Eustis FAF FAF KFAF Felker Army Airfield
Hampton LFI LFI KLFI Langley Air Force Base
Norfolk NGU NGU KNGU NS Norfolk (Chambers Field)
Virginia Beach NTU NTU KNTU NAS Oceana (Apollo Soucek Field)
Quantico NYG NYG KNYG MCAF Quantico (Turner Field)
Wallops Island WAL WAL KWAL Wallops Flight Facility (NASA)
Williamsburg / Camp Peary W94     Camp Peary Landing Strip
        Notable Private-Use Airports
Manassas VG57     Whitman Strip (formerly public-use, FAA: 0V5)
Somerville 3VG7     Hartwood Airport (formerly public-use, FAA: 8W8)
        Notable Former Airports
Arlington       Hoover Field (closed 1941)
Fairfax County       Beacon Field Airport (closed 1959)
Fairfax County       Washington-Virginia Airport (closed 1970)
Tappahannock W79     Tappahannock Municipal Airport (closed 2007)