Chesapeake, Virginia is located in the very southwestern region of the state. It is an independent city, which means that it is not part of any particular county. Virginia’s state Constitution makes independent cities more common than in other parts of the country. Chesapeake is a diverse southern city that contains waterways, wetlands, forests, and protected farmlands. It is the third most populous city in the entire city, with more than 225,000 people who reside within its borders.
Transportation within the city of Chesapeake is unique. The waterways that run through the city allow for transportation options that other east coast cities simply don’t have. Chesapeake also has five major railroads which travel through the city, with high speed rail traveling to cities such as Richmond and Hampton. The major highways running through the city include US highways 13, 17, 58, and 460. Because of the city’s proximity to water, many of the state highways run over water in some shape or form, with bridges being relatively common.