Interstate 77 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of Interstate 77 in Virginia. For the entire route, 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

US 52 various times between Wytheville and Rocky Gap
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 highway 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[citation needed] land vehicular tunnels to cross a state line.

Route description[edit]

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:

History[edit]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Carroll   0.00 0.00 I‑77 south / I‑74 east – Charlotte North Carolina state line
  0.94 1.51 1 SR 620
  8.57 13.79 8 SR 148 / SR 775 – Fancy Gap
  14.85 23.90 14 US 58 / US 221 – Hillsville, Galax
  19.03 30.63 19 SR 620
Poplar Camp 24.06 38.72 24 SR 69 – Poplar Camp
Wythe   32.14 51.72 32 I‑81 north / US 11 north – Roanoke South end of I-81 / US 11 overlap; I-77 south follows exit 81
see I-81
Wytheville 39.18 63.05 40 I‑81 south / US 52 north to US 21 south – Bristol North end of I-81 / US 52 overlap; I-77 north follows exit 72
40.28 64.82 41 SR 610 (Peppers Ferry Road) – Wytheville, Max Meadows
Bland   45.77 73.66 47 SR 717
Wythe
No major junctions
Big Walker Mountain 48.81 78.55 Big Walker Mountain Tunnel
Bland Bland 51.22 82.43 52 US 52 / SR 42 – Bland
  57.33 92.26 58 US 52 (via SR 666) – Bastian
South Gap 61.27 98.60 62 SR 606 – South Gap
Rocky Gap 63.24 101.77 64 US 52 / SR 61 – Rocky Gap
  65.57 105.52 66 US 52 south / SR 598 South end of US 52 overlap
  66.27 106.65 I‑77 north / US 52 north – Bluefield, Charleston West Virginia state line (East River Mountain Tunnel through East River Mountain)
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: 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
Virginia Next state:
North Carolina
Interstate 77
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North Carolina
Virginia Next state:
West Virginia