Interstate 77 in Virginia
|Maintained by Virginia DOT|
|Length:||66.27 mi (106.65 km)|
|Existed:||Late 1950s – present|
|South end:||I‑74 / I‑77 near Mount Airy, NC|
|US 52 various times between Wytheville and Rocky Gap|
|North end:||I‑77 / US 52 near Bluefield, WV|
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 land vehicular tunnels to cross a state line.
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.
I-77 crosses the following mountains:
- Blue Ridge Mountains at Fancy Gap
- Poplar Camp Mountain at Poplar Camp
- Big Walker Mountain through the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel
- Brushy Mountains near Bastain
- East River Mountain through the East River Mountain Tunnel
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|Carroll||0.00||0.00||I‑77 south / I‑74 east – Charlotte||North Carolina state line|
|8.57||13.79||8||SR 148 / SR 775 – Fancy Gap|
|14.85||23.90||14||US 58 / US 221 – Hillsville, Galax|
|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|
|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|
||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
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.
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- "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.
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