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.

See "Gate Hours" below for details on closures/changes.


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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 who does not have a federal identification card 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 who have been entered into the system already, or can present a Common Access Card (CAC), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or a federal government-issued PIV, may enter post as normal. Visitors will be in-lane vetted when the VCC is closed. Visitors failing security checks will be denied access and directed to the VCC during normal operating hours. FIRST TIME visitors may expedite this process by submitting a pre-approval request utilizing 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.

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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

Gates will experience closures and adjusted hours through Dec. 24, 2019 due to construction of overhead canopies at A and Mahone Avenue gates. See full details here.

GateHours of Operation
Lee AvenueWeekdays: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weekends and Federal Holiday: Closed
Mahone AvenueWeekdays: 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Weekends and Federal Holidays: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
A AvenueClosed for construction through Oct. 10, 2019
Shop Road
(commercial vehicle drivers without currently vetted credentials must use this gate)
Weekdays: 6-8:30 a.m. (inbound only); 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. (inbound/outbound)
Weekends and Federal Holiday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sisisky BoulevardAlways open
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 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Weekends and Federal Holiday: Closed

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.

Helpful Information

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, 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 6 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.

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Soldier Support Center Building 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.

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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.