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U.S. Route 52 (US 52) in Virginia runs north–south through the southwestern part of the state along the Interstate 77 (I-77) corridor. Though an even-numbered U.S. route, it is signed north–south in Virginia (standard convention being to label even-numbered U.S. routes with east–west designations). In some other states along its route, it is signed east–west. The Virginia segment is signed such that US 52 north corresponds to the general westward direction of the highway, and vice versa.

U.S. Route 52 marker

U.S. Route 52
Route information
Maintained by VADOT
Length85 mi (137 km)
Existedmid-1930s–present
Tourist
routes
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
South end US 52 near Mount Airy, NC
  US 58 in Hillsville
US 21 in Wytheville
North end I‑77 / US 52 near Bluefield, WV
Location
CountiesCarroll, Wythe, Bland
Highway system
SR 51SR 53

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Route descriptionEdit

 
View south along US 52 in Hillsville

U.S. 52 enters Virginia from West Virginia, and in Virginia closely follows Interstate 77. It enters southwestern Virginia near Bluefield and passes through Wytheville and Hillsville before leaving the state south of Cana.

HistoryEdit

The piece of US 52 south of Fort Chiswell was part of the state highway system defined in 1918.[1] It was initially designated State Route 12-Z, at least south of Hillsville,[2] but by 1924 it was State Route 15.[3] In 1926, the U.S. Route 121 designation was applied to the whole length of SR 15, from North Carolina to Fort Chiswell, but it did not turn west on U.S. Route 11 at Fort Chiswell to connect to U.S. Route 21.[4][5]

An extension of SR 15 from Fort Chiswell north to Max Meadows was added to the state highway system in 1931.[6] In the 1933 renumbering, SR 15 was dropped from the US 121 concurrency, while the short extension to Max Meadows became State Route 121.

US 121 was absorbed by an extension of US 52 by 1935. US 52 was extended through West Virginia and along US 21 to Wytheville and US 11 to Fort Chiswell, where it replaced US 121 into North Carolina.[7]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[8]kmDestinationsNotes
Carroll  US 52 south – Mt. Airy, Winston-SalemNorth Carolina state line
Fancy Gap  Blue Ridge Parkwayinterchange
9.4215.16    SR 148 west (Chances Creek Road) to I-77 / SR 775 – Wytheville, Charlotte
Hillsville  US 58interchange
16.4326.44    
     US 58 Bus. / US 221 (Stuart Drive) to SR 100 / I-77 – Galax, Floyd
WythePoplar Camp   SR 69 west (Lead Mine Road) to I-77 – Austinville, Hillsville, Charlotte
Farmers Store  SR 94 south (Ivanhoe Road) – Ivanhoe, Fries, Big Survey Wildlife Management Area
Fort Chiswell34.6755.80     I-77 south / I-81 north / US 11 north / SR 121 north (Max Meadows Road) – Max Meadows, Charlotte, NC, Roanokesouth end of I-77 / I-81 / US 11 overlap; US 52 south follows exit 80
see I-81
Wytheville43.5670.10   I-81 south / US 21 south (North 4th Street) – Bristol, Wytheville, Wytheville Community Collegenorth end of I-81 overlap; US 52 north follows exit 70
Favonia  SR 680 (Black Lick Road) – Rural Retreatformer SR 90 south
Bland59.6295.95  SR 42 west (West Blue Grass Trail) – Broadford, Saltvillesouth end of SR 42 overlap
63.59102.34  I-77 – Bluefield, WythevilleI-77 exit 52
Bland   SR 98 south (Main Street) / SR 1007 (Jefferson Street) – Bland CH
64.50103.80  SR 42 east (East Blue Grass Trail) – Poplar Hillnorth end of SR 42 overlap
77.27124.35  SR 61 west (Clear Fork Creek Road) – Tazewellsouth end of SR 61 overlap
77.33124.45  I-77 – Bluefield, WythevilleI-77 exit 64
Rocky Gap77.73125.09  SR 61 east (Wolf Creek Highway) – Narrowsnorth end of SR 61 overlap
79.92128.62   I-77 south / SR 598 north – Bluefield, Wythevillesouth end of I-77 overlap; US 52 south follows exit 66
80.62129.75   I‑77 north / US 52 north – BeckleyWest 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. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (July 5, 1922). Minutes of the First Meeting of the State Highway Commission Created Under the Acts of 1922 (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia., Proposed "State Highway System" for Virginia, as Recommended by the State Roads Committee, January 1918
  2. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (November 8–11, 1922). Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of the State Highway Commission (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 11.
  3. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (April 10–11, 1924). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 12–13.
  4. ^ Bureau of Public Roads & American Association of State Highway Officials (November 11, 1926). United States System of Highways Adopted for Uniform Marking by the American Association of State Highway Officials (Map). 1:7,000,000. Washington, DC: U.S. Geological Survey. OCLC 32889555. Retrieved November 7, 2013 – via University of North Texas Libraries.
  5. ^ United States Numbered Highways, American Highways, April 1927
  6. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (July 24–25, 1931). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Virginia Beach, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 70.
  7. ^ Richard F. Weingroff, U.S. 52 Charleston, South Carolina, to Portal, North Dakota
  8. ^ "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Carroll County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
    "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Wythe County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
    "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Bland County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15.


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