Travel & Arrival Information

Directions to Fort Lee Map

Fort Lee is situated alongside the Tri-Cities of Virginia – Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell – as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George. It is located about 30 miles from Richmond, 135 miles from Washington, D.C., and 95 miles from Virginia Beach.

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Requirements for Entry

DoD Decals or Extended Passes will no longer be issued after 31 August 2012.

Effective 1 Sep 2012, All persons will be required to show a Common Access Card, a Military identification card, or approved Government issued identification such as State Drivers License or State Issued identification to gain access onto Fort Lee.

All adults are required to possess valid ID. All juveniles without valid ID must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Drivers must be able to show:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Proof of current insurance

Requirements for Motorcycle Entry

Driving Directions

I-95 Southbound from Arlington

  1. Proceed south on I-95 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 84A (left exit) toward Rocky Mount, N.C.
  2. Continue on I-295 S onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes

I-95 Northbound from Rocky Mount, N.C.

  1. Proceed north on I-95 merging onto I-295 N via exit number 46 toward Washington.
  2. Continue on I-295 N merge onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

I-64 Eastbound from Charlottesville

  1. Proceed east on I-64 merging onto 1-295 S via exit number 177 toward Washington/Norfolk.
  2. Proceed on I-295 south merge onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour, 51 minutes

I-64 Westbound from Virginia Beach

  1. Proceed west on I-64 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 200 toward Rocky Mount, N.C.
  2. Merge onto I-295 S using the left side exit toward Bottoms Bridge.
  3. Proceed on I-295 south exiting onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  4. When you're coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Other installation access points that can be used include the Lee, Mahone and Adams Avenue gates, or the Shop Road gate for Commercial Traffic. Their hours are listed below.

Fort Lee Gates, Hours of Operation

Gate Hours of Operation
Lee Avenue Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Mahone Avenue Open daily, 5 a.m. - 1 a.m.
A Avenue Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weekends 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Shop Road Closed for construction 15 September to 26 October  Commercial traffic must enter through Sisisky Boulevard Gate
Open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Commercial traffic must enter through Shop Road Gate but can exit the installation from any gate.
After hours Weekends and Holidays - Commercial traffic must enter through Sisisky Boulevard Gate
Sisisky Boulevard Open 24 hours
Jackson Circle Open 24 hours to residents and authorized guests.
Temple Avenue
(Ordnance Campus)
Open Monday - Friday, 4:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. to staff, residents and authorized guests.
Closed Weekends and Holidays.

Effective 29 September 2014 (download printable gate hours map)

Gate Hours of Operation
Lee Avenue Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Mahone Avenue Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
A Avenue Monday - Friday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Shop Road Closed for construction 15 September to 26 October Commercial traffic must enter through Sisisky Boulevard Gate
Open Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Commercial traffic must enter through Shop Road Gate but can exit the installation from any gate.
After hours Weekends and Holidays - Commercial traffic must enter through Sisisky Boulevard Gate
Sisisky Boulevard Open 24 hours
Jackson Circle Open 24 hours to residents and authorized guests.
Temple Avenue
(Ordnance Campus)
Open Monday - Friday, 4:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. to staff, residents and authorized guests.
Closed Weekends and Holidays.

Richmond International Airport

If you're flying into this area, it's likely you will land at Richmond International Airport (RIC) – the primary commercial airport closest to Fort Lee.

Located seven miles southeast of Richmond's central business district, RIC is 40 minutes from the post, within an hour drive of Williamsburg, and a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains and Virginia Beach.

Eight air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe.

A United Service Organizations Center is available in the terminal for active duty and retired military personnel, National Guard, Reservists, Merchant Marines and their dependents. The USO Center at RIC is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Military ID is required for entry. To learn more about the USO Center at RIC, call (804) 236-7234 or visit www.usocentralva.org.

Ground Transportation

To/From Richmond International Airport

For Advanced Individual Training Soldiers – including Army Reservists, National Guardsmen and Initial Ready Reserve Soldiers – the following companies will provide transportation between Richmond International Airport and the post at no individual cost when provided with a complete copy of the service member's signed military orders to Fort Lee (applies only to initial arrival and final departure in accordance with orders):

  • James River Transportation: (804) 249-1052
  • Groome Transportation: (804) 222-7226
  • CMC, INC.: (804) 222-7790

The companies are also authorized to convey other passengers to/from Fort Lee at their normal rates.

Taxi Service

The taxi companies listed below are authorized to operate on Fort Lee, providing transportation on/around postand in surrounding communities. Other taxi companies may deliver and pick up customers on Fort Lee by request, but may not solicit fares on post.

  • Marshall Cabs: (804) 458-3325
  • Airport Taxi: (804) 233-4444

Rail Service

Regional and national rail service is provided by AMTRAK. The AMTRAK station is located at 3516 South Street, Ettrick, Va., and the ticket office hours are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

Bus Service

Regional bus service is provided by Greyhound Trailways. The local terminal is located at 108 East Washington Street, Petersburg.

  • Toll-free: 1-800-872-7245
  • Local: (804) 732-2905

The Petersburg Area Transit operates on Fort Lee providing services to and from the installation to Petersburg with connections to the surrounding communities. Pick-up location is outside the the PXtra on Mahone Ave.

Helpful Information

Visitor Center

500 Lee Avenue, Bldg. 5228 (Dukes Building)
Fort Lee, Va. 23801
804-734-4593
Information Assistance: 804-765-3000

The Visitor Center is adjacent to the Lee gate, just off Route 36. The staff can help visitors find a destination on post and answer general questions about installation services and events. The Visitor Center hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed holidays).

Soldier Support Center Photo

Soldier Support Center, Faughn Hall

1401 B Avenue, Bldg. 3400
Fort Lee, Va. 23801
During Duty Hours: 804-734-7784/6722/7752
After Duty Hours: 804-765-7930
Fax: 804-734-6986

The Soldier Support Center is located in building 3400, between B and C Avenues and 16th and 17th Streets. It is the first stop all permanent party Army personnel will need to make when reporting to Fort Lee during duty hours. This includes U.S. Army Medical Department Activity and U.S. Army Dental Command Soldiers. Other services, to include Army recruiters and MEPS cadre, should contact their gaining units for specific instructions.

The staff signs Soldiers in from permanent change of station leave, starts their financial paperwork, schedules new arrivals for their first appointments and directs them to their new unit.

In addition, the staff provides service to all active-duty military, family members, retirees and their family members, as well as Department of Defense Civilians requiring ID cards for employment. This includes registering eligible personnel in the DEERS system, which gives them access to medical care, the Post Exchange system and the commissary.

Personnel requiring a new ID should bring with them all required supporting documentation (such as birth certificate, marriage certificate and power of attorney). In most circumstances, sponsors are required to accompany family members.

The Soldier Support Center is open for general operations from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. After hours, permanent party should report to the Installation Operations Center, building 1107, to sign in off leave and receive required instructions for the next duty day.

When arriving at the Soldier Support Center, parking in the 13th Street lot is recommended.

Soldiers

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Regional Climate

The seasonal weather changes in the Tri-Cities area are usually mild. In January, the coldest month, temperatures range from an average high of 50 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 29 degrees. In July, the warmest month, the average high is 91 degrees with occasional lows near 70 degrees. Severe weather threats for this area include tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, nor'easters and snow storms. New arrivals should check current weather conditions while en-route to this area and use the Fort Lee Status Hotline (804-765-2679) to verify the operational status of the installation if severe weather conditions exist.

Last Updated: 9/11/2014 10:35:27 AM

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