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Interstate 81 (I-81) is an 855-mile-long (1,376 km) highway. In the U.S. state of Virginia, I-81 runs for 324.92 miles (522.91 km), making the portion in Virginia longer than any other state's portion. It is also the longest Interstate highway within the borders of Virginia. It stretches from the Tennessee state line near Bristol to the West Virginia state line near Winchester. It enters Virginia from Bristol, Tennessee, and Leaves Virginia into Berkeley County, West Virginia.

Interstate 81 marker

Interstate 81
I-81 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length324.92 mi[1] (522.91 km)
Major junctions
South end I-81 in Bristol
  I-381 in Bristol

I-77 near Wytheville
US 460 in Christiansburg
Future I-73 / I-581 / US 220 near Roanoke
US 60 in Lexington
I-64 from Lexington to Staunton
US 250 near Staunton
I-66 near Front Royal

US 17 / US 50 / US 522 in Winchester
North end I‑81 near Winchester
Location
CountiesCity of Bristol, Washington, Smyth, Wythe, Pulaski, Montgomery, Roanoke, City of Salem, City of Roanoke, Botetourt, Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, City of Harrisonburg, Shenandoah, Warren, Frederick
Highway system
SR 80SR 82

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Route descriptionEdit

 
View north along I-81 north of I-66 in Frederick County

Interstate 81 enters Bristol, Virginia from Tennessee and runs primarily along the mountains of western Virginia. For most of its length, I-81 parallels U.S. Route 11. I-81 runs concurrently with Interstate 77 in Wytheville, Virginia for about 10 miles (16 km) in a notable example of a wrong-way concurrency: both I-81 south and I-77 north share the same roadbed there. Further north, the highway also runs concurrently with about 30 miles of Interstate 64.

FutureEdit

 
I-81 northbound near Staunton

The state has proposed to widen its entire portion of I-81 to a minimum of three or four lanes in each direction to accommodate increased truck traffic and to toll non-passenger vehicles. Some sections of the new widened highway may completely separate car and truck traffic.[2]

On January 8, 2019, Governor Ralph Northam and Republican lawmakers agreed to a plan to add tolls to I-81 in Virginia in order to fund improvements to I-81 and parallel routes that would reduce traffic jams. I-81 would have used all-electronic tolling, with toll gantries every 40 to 60 miles and a toll rate of 11 cents a mile for cars and 17 cents a mile for trucks; an annual pass would have been available for $30. Tolls would have been discounted during the overnight hours.[3] This plan faced opposition from business and trucking groups, fearing economic hardship. On January 31, 2019, lawmakers rejected the plan and decided to seek other funding sources.[4]

Auxiliary routesEdit

Interstate City Type Notes
  Interstate 381 Bristol Spur
  Interstate 581 Roanoke Spur Concurrent with US 220, future route of I-73

Exit listEdit

CountyLocationmikmOld exitNew exitDestinationsNotes
City of Bristol0.000.00  I-81 south – Nashville, KnoxvilleContinuation into Tennessee
0.91.411   US 58 west / US 421 – Bristol, Gate CitySouth end of US 58 concurrency; signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (west/north) southbound
3.25.123  I-381 south – BristolI-381 exits 1A-B
5.69.035   US 11 / US 19 (Lee Highway)
7.411.947Old Airport Road / Bonham RoadFormer SR 76
Washington10.316.6510   US 11 / US 19 (Lee Highway)Access via SR F310
13.621.9613  SR 611 / Lee Highway (US 11 / US 19)Access to Virginia Highlands Airport
Abingdon14.423.2714   SR 140 to US 19 – AbingdonAccess to Virginia Highlands Community College
17.628.3817  
   US 58 Alt. / SR 75 – Abingdon, South Holston Dam
19.531.4919   US 11 / US 58 east – Abingdon, DamascusNorth end of US 58 concurrency
22.235.71022  SR 704 (Enterprise Road)
24.739.81124  SR 80 – Meadowview
26.442.51226  SR 737 – EmoryAccess to Emory and Henry College
Old Glade Spring29.547.51329  SR 91 – Damascus, Glade Spring
32.151.71432  US 11 (Lee Highway) – Chilhowie
SmythChilhowie35.757.51535  SR 107 – Chilhowieformer SR 79
Seven Mile Ford39.363.21639   US 11 / SR 645 – Seven Mile Ford
44.171.01744  US 11 – Marion
Marion44.972.31845  SR 16 – Marion
Mount Carmel47.376.11947  US 11 – Marion
Atkins50.481.12050  US 11 (via SR 622) – Atkins
54.387.42154  SR 683 – GrosecloseAccess to Mountain Empire Airport
Wythe60.697.52260  SR 90 – Rural Retreat
67.4108.52367  US 11 – WythevilleNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
Wytheville70.4113.32470   US 21 south / US 52 north – WythevilleSouth end of US 52 concurrency
72.6116.82572  I-77 north – Bluefield, Charleston W. Va.South end of I-77 concurrency; I-77 south exit 40
73.6118.42673  US 11 south – WythevilleSouth end of US 11 concurrency
77.4124.62777   SR F042 (Chapman Road) / SR F043 (East Lee Highway)
Fort Chiswell80.2129.12880   US 52 south / SR 121 north – Fort Chiswell, Max MeadowsNorth end of US 52 concurrency
81.6131.32981  I-77 south – Charlotte NCNorth end of I-77 concurrency; I-77 north exit 32
84.5136.03084  SR 619 – Grahams Forge
86.6139.43186   SR F044 (East Lee Highway) / SR F045 (Topaz Drive)
Pulaski89.5144.03289   US 11 north / SR 100 south – Pulaski, HillsvilleNorth end of US 11 concurrency, south end of SR 100 concurrency; signed as exits 89A (south) and 89B (north)
Draper92.4148.73392  SR 658 – Draper
McAdam94.7152.43494  SR 99 north / Service Road (SR F047) – Pulaskisigned as exits 94A (Service Road) and 94B (SR 99) northbound
Newbern98.1157.93598  SR 100 – Dublin, Pearisburgnorth end of SR 100 overlap
101.4163.236101  SR 660 – Claytor Lake State Park
Montgomery105.4169.6105   SR 232 / SR 605 – Radford
109.6176.4109   SR 177 / SR 600 – Radford
Christiansburg113.9183.3114  SR 8 – Christiansburg, Floyd
118.4–
119.0
190.5–
191.5
37118A-B-C     
    US 460 Bus. west / US 11 / US 460 / Parkway Drive – Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Shawsville, Elliston
Signed as exits 118A (Parkway Dr.), 118B (US 460 west), and 118C (US 11/US 460 east/US 460 Bus. west)
128.4206.638128   SR 603 to US 11 – Ironto
Roanoke132.1212.639132  SR 647 – Dixie Caverns
City of Salem137.6221.440137   SR 112 / SR 619 – Salem
140.4226.040A140  SR 311 – Salem, New Castle
RoanokeHanging Rock141.2227.241141   SR 419 to SR 311 north – Salem, New Castle
City of Roanoke143.4230.842143   I-581 south / US 220 south – Airport, RoanokeDirectional T interchange; south end of US 220 concurrency; I-581 exit 1N&S
146.4235.643146  SR 115 – Hollins, Cloverdale, Roanoke
Botetourt150.3241.944150     US 11 / US 220 north / US 220A south to US 460 – Troutville, Daleville, Fincastle, CloverdaleNorth end of US 220 overlap; signed as exits 150A (south) and 150B (north)
156.4251.745156   SR 640 to US 11 – Troutville
162.6261.746162  US 11 – Buchanan
167.3269.247167  US 11 south – BuchananSouth end of US 11 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance
168.4271.048168  SR 614 – Arcadia
RockbridgeSpringfield175.4282.349175  US 11 north – Natural BridgeNorth end of US 11 concurrency
Fancy Hill180.5290.550180  US 11 – Fancy Hill, Natural Bridge, GlasgowSigned as exits 180A (south) and 180B (north) southbound, Exit 180A Southbound is a Left Exit
188.7303.751188  US 60 – Lexington, Buena VistaSigned as exits 188A (east) and 188B (west)
191.3307.952191  I-64 west – Lexington, Charleston W. Va.South end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 east exit 56
195.6314.853195  US 11 (Lee Highway) – Lexington
Fairfield200.2322.253A200  SR 710 – Fairfield
Raphine205.6330.954205  SR 606 – Raphine, Steeles TavernTo SR 56
Augusta213.4343.455213   US 11 to US 340 – GreenvilleSigned as exits 213A (south) and 213B (north) southbound
Brookwood217.2349.555A217  SR 654 – Mint Spring, Stuarts Draft
220.1354.255B220   SR 262 to US 11 – Staunton
221.4356.356221  I-64 east – RichmondNorth end of I-64 concurrency; I-64 west exit 87
Peyton222.2357.657222  US 250 – Staunton, Fishersville
225.1362.358225  SR 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) – Staunton
Verona227.6366.359227  SR 612 – Verona
Weyers Cave234.9378.060235  SR 256 – Weyers Cave, Grottoes
Rockingham240.5387.061240   SR 257 / SR 682 – Mount Crawford, Bridgewater
City of Harrisonburg243.1391.262243  US 11 – Harrisonburg
245.6395.363245  SR 253 (Port Republic Road)
247.5398.364247  US 33 – Harrisonburg, ElktonSigned as exits 247A (east) and 247B (west)
Rockingham251.1404.165251  US 11 – Harrisonburg
Mauzy257.0413.666257   US 11 / SR 259 – Mauzy, Broadway, Timberville
ShenandoahNew Market264.6425.867264  US 211 east (SR 211 west) – New Market, Timberville, Luray
268.8432.668269   SR 730 to US 11 – Shenandoah Caverns, Mount Jackson
273.4440.069273   SR 292 / SR 703 – Mount Jackson, Basye
Bowmans Crossing277.2446.170277  SR 614 – Bowmans CrossingNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
279.6450.071279   SR 185 / SR 675 – Edinburg
Woodstock283.4456.172283  SR 42 – Woodstock
291.1468.573291  SR 651 – Toms Brook
296.7477.574296   US 48 / SR 55 – Strasburg
298.3480.175298  US 11 – Strasburg
Frederick300.6483.876300  I-66 east – Front Royal, WashingtonDirectional T interchange; I-66 exits 1A-B; western terminus of I-66
302.3486.577302  SR 627 – Middletown
Stephens City307.3494.678307   SR 277 to US 340 – Stephens City
Winchester309.9498.779310      SR 37 north to US 50 west / US 522 north / US 11 / SR 642 – Romney, Berkeley Springs, Kernstown
313.4504.480313    US 17 / US 50 / US 522 – WinchesterSigned as exits 313A (south/east) and 313B (north/west) southbound
314.9506.881315  SR 7 – Winchester, Berryville
317.8511.482317     US 11 to SR 37 / US 522 north / US 50 west – Winchester, Stephenson
Clearbrook321.6517.683321  SR 672 – Clearbrook, Brucetown
Rest323.9521.384323   SR 669 to US 11 – Whitehall
324.92522.91  I‑81 north – MartinsburgContinuation into West Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 2007 Rand McNally Atlas
  1. ^ "Route Log - Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "50 Years of the Interstate". Virginiadot.org. June 29, 1956. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Smith, Max (January 8, 2019). "Va. Gov Ralph Northam, GOP lawmakers agree on plan to toll I-81". Washington, DC: WTOP-FM. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Lawmakers Kill Plan to Add Tolls to Interstate 81 in Virginia". NBC 29. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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Tennessee
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West Virginia