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Virginia State Route 169

State Route 169 (SR 169) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 7.41 miles (11.93 km) from Interstate 64 (I-64) and U.S. Route 60 (US 60) to US 258 within the independent city of Hampton. SR 169 is a C-shaped route that connects the Hampton neighborhoods of Phoebus, Buckroe Beach, and Fox Hill.

State Route 169 marker

State Route 169
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length7.41 mi[1] (11.93 km)
Existed1933–present
Major junctions
West end I-64 / US 60 in Hampton
  US 258 in Hampton
North end US 258 in Hampton
Location
CountiesCity of Hampton
Highway system
SR 168SR 170

Route descriptionEdit

 
View south near the north end of SR 169 at US 258 in Hampton

SR 169 begins at the highway's partial cloverleaf interchange with I-64 and US 60 (Hampton Roads Beltway) just north of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The road continues west onto the campus of the Hampton VA Hospital. SR 169 heads east as two-lane Mallory Street into the Phoebus neighborhood of Hampton, where the highway intersects SR 143 (Mellen Street) and US 258 (Mercury Boulevard). Both highways provide access to Fort Monroe. From US 258, SR 169 heads northeast as a four-lane divided highway to the Buckroe Beach neighborhood. Next to Buckroe Park, the state highway intersects SR 351 (Pembroke Avenue). SR 169 turns west and runs concurrently with SR 351 on two-lane Pembroke Avenue before turning northeast onto Old Buckroe Road. The state highway follows the two-lane road to the southern edge of the Fox Hill neighborhood, where the highway turns west onto Fox Hill Road. SR 169 follows the four-lane undivided highway west and then southwest through several neighborhoods to its northern terminus at US 258 (Mercury Boulevard).[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The road from State Route 9 (now State Route 143), at the intersection of County and Mallory Streets in Phoebus, northeast along Mallory Street (then the Mill Creek Road) to the intersection of Point Comfort Avenue and Resort Boulevard at Buckroe Beach, was added to the state highway system in 1923[3] as State Route 394 (a spur of State Route 39, renumbered from SR 9). In the 1928 renumbering, SR 394 became State Route 512, and in the 1933 renumbering it became State Route 169.

In 1934, a loop at Buckroe Beach was added to SR 169, running north on Resort Boulevard, west on Buckroe Avenue, and south on Mallory Street.[4] In addition to this loop, SR 169 was extended north and west from Buckroe Beach in 1966, running west on State Route 351 (Pembroke Avenue) and then replacing part of what had been State Route 167 on Old Buckroe Road and Fox Hill Road, ending at State Route 278 (King Street) just north of U.S. Route 258 (Mercury Boulevard).[5] The loop was removed in 1975, leaving only the Mallory Street-Pembroke Alignment at Buckroe Beach.[6] Fox Hill Road has since been realigned to meet US 258 east of SR 278.

At the Phoebus end, SR 169 was extended southwest along Mallory Street to Mellen Street, a single block extra, in 1979, due to a realignment of State Route 143.[7] SR 169 has never officially extended further along Mallory Street to Interstate 64 near the Veterans Administration, despite Hampton requesting said extension in 1948[8] and this extension being signed on I-64.[9]

Major intersectionsEdit

The entire route is in Hampton.

mi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
0.000.00  I-64 (US 60) – Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, RichmondExit 268 (I-64)
0.360.58  SR 143 (Mellen Street) – Fort Monroe
0.580.93    
   US 258 / SR 143 Truck (East Mercury Boulevard)
2.534.07  SR 351 east (East Pembroke Avenue)south end of SR 351 overlap
3.135.04  SR 351 west (East Pembroke Avenue)north end of SR 351 overlap
Silver Isles Boulevard - Grandviewformer SR 169 east
7.4111.93   US 258 (East Mercury Boulevard) to I-64
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  2. ^ Google (2011-11-21). "Virginia State Route 169" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  3. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (March 1–3, 1923). Minutes of the Nineth (sic) Meeting of the State Highway Commission (PDF) (Report). Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 19.
  4. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (September 19, 1934). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia.
  5. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (October 13, 1966). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Luray, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 47–49.
  6. ^ State Highway and Transportation Commission (August 21, 1975). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 16 and 17.
  7. ^ State Highway and Transportation Commission (March 15, 1979). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. pp. 38 and 39.
  8. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (March 23, 1948). Minutes of Meeting (PDF) (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 12.
  9. ^ Virginia State Highway Endings: Virginia Highway 169

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