Date of Award

Spring 1972

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science


This paper has hopefully given the reader a better understanding of the Interstate Highway System in the United States and Virginia through a general history , with related planning and process of a particular road­ way, I-295. Using 1295, this thesis has attempted to correlate the connection of one planned interstate road­ way in Virginia with others in the Virginia system.

The interstate highway system in Virginia is the accumulation of the history of roads in the State from the first Indian trails and paths. Based on what the present has given us the future will bring larger, safer and even faster means of transportation. The interstate highways are a step in the right direction.