Interstate 77 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of Interstate 77 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 77.

Interstate 77 marker

Interstate 77
Route information
Maintained by Virginia DOT
Length: 66.27 mi[1][2][3] (106.65 km)
Existed: Late 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
North end: I‑77 / US 52 near Bluefield, WV
Highway system
SR 76 SR 78

In the U.S. state of Virginia, Interstate 77 is a north–south along the U.S. Route 52 corridor, serving Hillsville, Wytheville, and Bland. Along I-77's 67-mile (108 km) length in Virginia, it 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 land vehicular tunnels to cross a state line.

Route description[edit]

For eight miles (13 km), Interstate 77 and Interstate 81 share pavement 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.

I-77 crosses the following mountains:


History[edit]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Carroll North Carolina
state line
0.00 0.00 I‑77 south / I‑74 east – Mount Airy, Statesville
  0.94 1.51 1 SR 620 – Lambsburg, Cana
Fancy Gap 8.57 13.79 8 SR 148 / SR 775 – Fancy Gap, Drenn
Hillsville 14.85 23.90 14 US 58 / US 221 – Galax, Hillsville, Independence
  19.03 30.63 19 SR 620 – Woodlawn, Richardson
Poplar Camp 24.06 38.72 24 SR 69 – Poplar Camp, Austinville
Wythe Fort Chiswell 32.14 51.72 32 I‑81 / US 11 north – Pulaski, Roanoke South end of I-81/US 11 overlap
35.16 56.58 Interstate 77 overlaps with Interstate 81 (exits 81 & 72)
Wytheville 39.18 63.05 40 I‑81 south / US 52 north – Bristol, Wytheville North end of I-81/US 52 overlap
40.28 64.82 41 SR 610 (Peppers Ferry Rd.) – Max Meadows, Wytheville
Bland   45.77 73.66 47 SR 601 (Krenning Rd.) – Carnot, Favonia
Big Walker Mountain 48.81 78.55 Big Walker Mountain Tunnel
Bland 51.22 82.43 52 US 52 / SR 42 – Bland, Chatham Hill
Bastian 57.33 92.26 58 SR 666 to US 52 – Bastian, Kimberling
South Gap 61.27 98.60 62 SR 606 – South Gap, Hicksville
Rocky Gap 63.24 101.77 64 US 52 / SR 61 – Rocky Gap, Tazewell
65.57 105.52 66 US 52 south / SR 598 north – Rocky Gap, Falls Mills South end of US 52 overlap
East River Mountain 66.27 106.65 East River Mountain Tunnel
I‑77 / US 52 continues north into West Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On Easter Sunday March 31, 2013, a major accident involving 95 vehicles in 17 separate crashes including 18-wheelerss, killed at least three people and sent over 25 to the hospital as well as causing major backups along the southbound lanes of I-77 near Carroll County. Virginia State Police officials say excessive fog in the Fancy Gap Mountain area was to blame.[4]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  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)
  4. ^ "Update, three fatalities being reported on I-77 in Virginia Read more: Mount Airy News - BREAKING NEWS Update three fatalities being reported on I 77 in Virginia". mtairynews.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 

External links[edit]


Interstate 74
Previous state:
West Virginia
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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West Virginia