Directions to Fort Lee MapFort 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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Installation Access

Fort Lee conducts ID checks of all adults (18 years and older) entering the post. Anyone coming to Fort Lee for the FIRST TIME without a federal identification card, or with an expired access pass, MUST go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) with a valid government-issued photo ID (such as a driver's license) to receive an initial background check. Those already entered into the system with a valid access pass, or posessing a Common Access Card (CAC), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or a federal government-issued PIV, may enter post as normal.

FIRST TIME visitors or those with an expired pass MUST register at the VCC, which is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays. No passes will be approved after normal operational hours. FIRST TIME visitors may expedite this process by submitting a pre-approval request using either DES Form 190-3 (individual request) or DES Form 190-2 (group request). The pre-approval is encouraged for those personnel outside of the state / local area. All pre-approval requests submitted will be processed within three business days (holidays and weekends excluded).Submit pre-approval requests to usarmy.lee.imcom.list.des-access-control-forms-submissions@mail.mil.

The VCC will contact the sponsor to validate the visitor's request and the sponsor's responsibility for their guests prior to the guest being authorized access to the installation.

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

Drivers must be able to present upon request:

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

Gate Hours

Gate Hours Map

GateHours of Operation
Sisisky Boulevard
Main Gate
Always open
Lee Avenue
Visitor Control Center (VCC) - Listed hours are effective 28 Aug
Access Gate Closed;
VCC Open Weekdays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Weekends, Closed
Mahone AvenueWeekdays: 4:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weekends: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A Avenue
Weekday hours apply on federal holidays if local schools remain open
Weekdays: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weekends: Closed
Shop Road - INBOUND ONLY
Designated for commercial delivery vehicles. Use both lanes for access. POV entry through Sisisky or A Ave gates recommended. When closed, commercial vehicles must use Main Gate for entry
Weekdays: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Weekends: Closed
Jackson CircleAlways open to staff, residents and authorized guests
Temple Avenue
Access limited to official personnel working on or visiting Ordnance Campus
Weekdays: 4:30-8 a.m.
Weekends: Closed
Weekend hours apply to federal holidays unless otherwise noted.

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. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    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. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    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, 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. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    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. If you possess an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID:
    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.

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

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

Taxi Service

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

  • Airport Taxi: (804) 222-6666

Rail Service

Regional and national rail service is provided by AMTRAK. The AMTRAK station is located at 3516 South Street, Petersburg, VA 23803, 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 PXtra on Mahone Ave.

Visitor Control Center

Visitor Control Center

500 Lee Avenue, Bldg. 5228 (Dukes Building)
Fort Lee, VA 23801
804-734-5053

The Visitor Control Center is adjacent to the Lee Gate along 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 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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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.