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Interstate 77 (I-77) in the U.S. state of Virginia is a 67-mile (108 km) north–south Interstate Highway serving Hillsville, Wytheville, and Bland. Running parallel to U.S. Route 52 (US 52), I-77 passes through the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel and East River Mountain Tunnel, the latter on the West Virginia state line and one of only two[citation needed] land vehicular tunnels to cross a state line.

Interstate 77 marker

Interstate 77
I-77 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length66.27 mi[1][2][3] (106.65 km)
ExistedLate 1950s–present
Major junctions
South end I-74 / I-77 near Mount Airy, NC
  US 58 / US 221 near Hillsville
I-81 / US 11 near Wytheville US 52 various times between Wytheville and Rocky Gap
North end I‑77 / US 52 near Bluefield, WV
Location
CountiesCarroll, Wythe, Bland
Highway system
SR 76SR 78

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

 
View south along I-77 just south of the East River Mountain Tunnel in Bland County

Within Virginia, the milepost count begins from the south at the North Carolina border and ends at the West Virginia border.

For eight miles (13 km) in the Wytheville area, Interstate 77 and Interstate 81 share the same roadway and form a wrong-way concurrency. Interstate 77 north is signed with Interstate 81 south and vice versa.

The southernmost 7 miles involve a steep grade, up for northbound and down for southbound traffic. The southbound side has 2 runaway truck ramps. The lower end of the grade coincides with the North Carolina border, where the road exits the Appalachian Mountain region and levels out.

The entire length of I-77 in Virginia is also part of the proposed Interstate 74.[citation needed]

I-77 crosses the following mountains:

HistoryEdit

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Carroll0.000.00   I-77 south / I-74 east – CharlotteNorth Carolina state line
0.941.511  SR 620
8.5713.798   SR 148 / SR 775 – Fancy Gap
14.8523.9014   US 58 / US 221 – Hillsville, Galax
19.0330.6319  SR 620
Poplar Camp24.0638.7224  SR 69 – Poplar Camp
Wythe32.1451.7232   I-81 north / US 11 north – RoanokeSouth end of I-81 / US 11 overlap; I-77 south follows exit 81
Interstate 77 overlaps with I-81. (exit 73 to 80)
Wytheville39.1863.0540    I-81 south / US 52 north to US 21 south – BristolNorth end of I-81 / US 52 overlap; I-77 north follows exit 72
40.2864.8241  SR 610 (Peppers Ferry Road) – Wytheville, Max Meadows
Bland45.7773.6647  SR 717
Wythe
No major junctions
Big Walker Mountain48.8178.55Big Walker Mountain Tunnel
BlandBland51.2282.4352   US 52 / SR 42 – Bland
57.3392.2658  US 52 (via SR 666) – Bastian
South Gap61.2798.6062  SR 606 – South Gap
Rocky Gap63.24101.7764   US 52 / SR 61 – Rocky Gap
65.57105.5266   US 52 south / SR 598South end of US 52 overlap
66.27106.65   I‑77 north / US 52 north – Bluefield, CharlestonWest Virginia state line (East River Mountain Tunnel through East River Mountain)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ "2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Carroll County" (PDF). (307 KiB)
  2. ^ "2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Wythe County" (PDF). (208 KiB)
  3. ^ "2005 Virginia Department of Transportation Jurisdiction Report - Daily Traffic Volume Estimates - Bland County" (PDF). (97.8 KiB)

External linksEdit


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Previous state:
West Virginia
Virginia Next state:
North Carolina
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North Carolina
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West Virginia