Chesapeake Information

Chesapeake is centrally located in the heart of the Mid Atlantic region, situated in the dynamic Hampton Roads region. Located within 750 miles of two-thirds of the US population, Chesapeake is easily accessible by air or car. Once here, you're only 20 minutes from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, 15 minutes from downtown nightlife in Norfolk, and just 40 minutes from centuries of history in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.

The growth of Chesapeake and its predecessors has been fueled by its location and transportation considerations. These continue to be major factors. Funding for additional and replacement highways, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure is one of the major issues facing Chesapeake and much of the Hampton Roads region in the 21st century, as infrastructure originally built with toll revenues has aged without a source of funding to repair them or build replacements.

Chesapeake is served by the nearby Norfolk International Airport in the City of Norfolk with commercial airline passenger service. Within the city limits, Chesapeake Regional Airport is a general aviation facility located near Bowers Hill and the Hampton Roads Beltway. South of there, NALF Fentress is facility of the U.S. Navy and is an auxiliary landing field which is part of the large facility at NAS Oceana in neighboring Virginia Beach.

The Intracoastal Waterway passes through Chesapeake. Chesapeake also has extensive frontage and port facilities on the navigable portions of the Western and Southern branches of the Elizabeth River.

Five railroads currently pass through portions of Chesapeake, and handle some intermodal traffic at port facilities on Hampton Roads and navigable portions of several of its tributary rivers. The two major Class 1 railroads are CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern, joined by three short line railroads. Chesapeake is located on a potential line for high speed passenger rail service between Richmond and South Hampton Roads which is being studied by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. A new suburban passenger station near Bowers Hill would potentially be included to supplement a terminal in downtown Norfolk.

Chesapeake is served by U.S. Highways 13, 17, 58, and 460. Interstate 64, part of the Hampton Roads Beltway, crosses through the city, Interstate 464 is a spur which connects it with downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth at the Berkley Bridge, and Interstate 664, which completes the Interstate loop from the Western Branch section of Chesapeake through the City of Newport News and into the City of Hampton. State Route 168 is also a major highway in the area. It includes the Chesapeake Expressway toll road.