Interstate 81 in Virginia

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Interstate 81
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 324.92 mi[1] (522.91 km)
Major junctions
South end: I-81 in Bristol
 

I-381 in Bristol
I-77 near Wytheville
US 460 in Christiansburg
I-581 just north of Roanoke
I-64 from Lexington to Staunton
I-66 near Front Royal

US 17 / US 50 / US 522 in Winchester
North end: I-81 near Winchester
Highway system

Interstate 81 (I-81) is an 846-mile (1,362 km) long highway. In the U.S. state of Virginia, I-81 runs for 324.92 miles (522.91 km), making it longer in Virginia than in any other state. It stretches from the Tennessee state line near Bristol to the West Virginia state line near Winchester. For most of its length, U.S. Route 11 parallels I-81.

I-81 runs concurrently with Interstate 77 in Wytheville, Virginia for about 10 miles (16 km) in a notable example of a wrong-way concurrency: both I-81 south and I-77 north share the same roadbed there.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

Future[edit]

The state has proposed to widen its entire portion of I-81 to a minimum of three or four lanes in each direction to accommodate increased truck traffic and to toll non-passenger vehicles. Some sections of the new Virginia I-81 may completely separate car and truck traffic. Between exits 315 and 317 the state has proposed to widen it to 4 lanes for this 2 mile portion in Winchester Virginia. [2]

Auxiliary routes in Virginia[edit]

Interstate City Type Notes
I-381.svg Interstate 381 Bristol Spur
I-581.svg Interstate 581 Roanoke Spur


Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
City of Bristol 0.0 0.0 I-81 south – Kingsport Tennessee state line
0.9 1.4 1 US 58 west / US 421 – Bristol, Gate City South end of US 58 concurrency
3.2 5.1 3 I-381 south – Bristol
5.6 9.0 5 US 11 / US 19 (Lee Highway) Access to Virginia Intermont College
7.4 11.9 7 Old Airport Road, Bonham Road
Washington   10.3 16.6 10 US 11 / US 19 (Lee Highway)
  13.6 21.9 13 SR 611 (Lee Highway) Access to Virginia Highlands Airport
Abingdon 14.4 23.2 14 SR 140 to US 19 north – Abingdon Access to Virginia Highlands Community College
17.6 28.3 17
US 58 Alt. / SR 75 – Abingdon, South Holston Dam
19.5 31.4 19 US 11 / US 58 east – Abingdon, Damascus North end of US 58 concurrency
  22.2 35.7 22 SR 704 (Enterprise Road)
  24.7 39.8 24 SR 80 – Meadowview
Emory 26.4 42.5 26 SR 737 – Emory Access to Emory and Henry College
Glade Spring 29.5 47.5 29 SR 91 – Glade Spring, Damascus
32.1 51.7 32 US 11 (Lee Highway) – Chilhowie
Smyth Chilhowie 35.7 57.5 35 SR 107 – Chilhowie
39.3 63.2 39 US 11 / SR 645 – Seven Mile Ford
Marion 44.1 71.0 44 US 11 – Marion
44.9 72.3 45 SR 16 – Marion
47.3 76.1 47 US 11 – Marion
  50.4 81.1 50 US 11 – Atkins
  54.3 87.4 54 SR 683 – Groseclose Access to Mountain Empire Airport and Appalachian Trail
Wythe Rural Retreat 60.6 97.5 60 SR 90 – Rural Retreat
Wytheville 67.4 108.5 67 US 11 – Wytheville Northbound exit and southbound entrance
70.4 113.3 70 US 21 south / US 52 north – Wytheville South end of US 52 concurrency
72.6 116.8 72 I-77 north – Bluefield, Beckley, WV South end of I-77 concurrency
73.6 118.4 73 US 11 south – Wytheville South end of US 11 concurrency
Fort Chiswell 77.4 124.6 77 Service Rd. – Ft. Chiswell
80.2 129.1 80 US 52 south / SR 121 north – Max Meadows, Fort Chiswell North end of US 52 concurrency
81.6 131.3 81 I-77 south – Charlotte North end of I-77 concurrency
  84.5 136.0 84 SR 619 – Grahams Forge
  86.6 139.4 86 SR 618 (Service Road)
Pulaski Pulaski 89.5 144.0 89 US 11 north / SR 100 south – Pulaski, Hillsville North end of US 11 concurrency, south end of VA 100 concurrency
92.4 148.7 92 SR 658 – Draper
94.7 152.4 94 SR 99 – Pulaski
Dublin 98.1 157.9 98 SR 100 – Pearisburg, Dublin Access to New River Airport and New River Community College
  101.4 163.2 101 SR 660 – Claytor Lake State Park
City of Radford 105.4 169.6 105 SR 232 / SR 605 – Radford
109.6 176.4 109 SR 177 / SR 600 – Radford Access to Radford University
Montgomery Christiansburg 113.9 183.3 114 SR 8 – Christiansburg, Floyd
118.4 190.5 118
A-B-C

US 11 / US 460 / US 460 Bus. west / Parkway Drive – Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Shawsville
118B Gives access to Virginia Tech
  128.4 206.6 128 US 11 / SR 603 – Ironto
Roanoke   132.1 212.6 132 SR 647 – Dixie Caverns
Salem 137.6 221.4 137 SR 112 / SR 619 – Salem
140.4 226.0 140 SR 311 – Salem, New Castle Access to Roanoke College
141.2 227.2 141 SR 419 to SR 311 north – Salem, New Castle Access to Veterans Administration Medical Center
City of Roanoke 143.4 230.8 143 I-581 south / US 220 south – Roanoke, Airport South end of US 220 concurrency; access to Blue Ridge Parkway and all of Roanoke's museums
146.4 235.6 146 SR 115 (Hollins Rd) – Hollins, Roanoke Access to Hollins University
Botetourt Fincastle 150.3 241.9 150
US 11 north / US 220 north / US 220 Alt. south to US 460 – Fincastle, Daleville, Troutville, Cloverdale
North end of US 220 concurrency
  156.4 251.7 156 SR 640 to US 11
  162.6 261.7 162 US 11 – Buchanan
Buchanan 167.3 269.2 167 US 11 south – Buchanan South end of US 11 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance
168.4 271.0 168 SR 614 – Arcadia
Rockbridge Natural Bridge 175.4 282.3 175 US 11 north – Natural Bridge, Glasgow North end of US 11 concurrency
City of Lexington 180.5 290.5 180 US 11 – Natural Bridge, Glasgow, Fancy Gap Signed as exits 180A (south) and 180B (north) southbound
188.7 303.7 188 US 60 – Lexington, Buena Vista Signed as exits 188A (east) and 188B (west); access to Southern Virginia University, Virginia Military Institute, and Washington and Lee University
191.3 307.9 191 I-64 west – Lexington, Charleston South end of I-64 concurrency
195.6 314.8 195 US 11 (Lee Highway) – Lexington
Rockbridge   200.2 322.2 200 SR 710 – Fairfield
Raphine 205.6 330.9 205 SR 606 – Raphine, Steeles Tavern
Augusta Mint Spring 213.4 343.4 213 US 11 – Greenville Signed as exits 213A (south) and 213B (north) southbound
217.2 349.5 217 SR 654 – Mint Spring, Stuarts Draft
City of Staunton 220.1 354.2 220 SR 262 to US 11 – Staunton
221.4 356.3 221 I-64 east – Richmond North end of I-64 concurrency
222.2 357.6 222 US 250 – Staunton, Fishersville Access to Mary Baldwin College
225.1 362.3 225 SR 275 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) – Staunton
Augusta Verona 227.6 366.3 227 SR 612 – Verona
Weyers Cave 234.9 378.0 235 SR 256 – Grottoes, Weyers Cave
Rockingham Bridgewater 240.5 387.0 240 SR 257 / SR 682 – Bridgewater, Mount Crawford Access to Bridgewater College
City of Harrisonburg 243.1 391.2 243 US 11 – Harrisonburg
245.6 395.3 245 SR 253 (Port Republic Road) Access to James Madison University
247.5 398.3 247 US 33 – Harrisonburg, Elkton Signed as exits 247A (east) and 247B (west); access to Eastern Mennonite University
251.1 404.1 251 US 11 – Harrisonburg
Rockingham Broadway 257.0 413.6 257 US 11 / SR 259 – Broadway, Timberville, Mauzy
Shenandoah New Market 264.6 425.8 264 US 211 east (VA 211) – New Market, Luray, Timberville
268.8 432.6 269 SR 730 to US 11 – Shenandoah Caverns, Mount Jackson
Mount Jackson 273.4 440.0 273 SR 292 / SR 703 – Mount Jackson, Basye
277.2 446.1 277 SR 614 – Bowmans Crossing Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Edinburg 279.6 450.0 279 SR 185 / SR 675 – Edinburg
Woodstock 283.4 456.1 283 SR 42 – Woodstock
  291.1 468.5 291 SR 651 – Toms Brook
Strasburg 296.7 477.5 296 US 48 / SR 55 – Strasburg
298.3 480.1 298 US 11 – Strasburg
Frederick Middletown 300.6 483.8 300 I-66 east – Front Royal, Washington Access to Virginia Inland Port
302.3 486.5 302 SR 627 – Middletown Access to Lord Fairfax Community College
Stephens City 307.3 494.6 307 SR 277 to US 340 – Stephens City
City of Winchester 309.9 498.7 310 SR 37 north / SR 642 / US 11 / US 50 west / US 522 north – Romney, Berkeley Springs, Kernstown
313.4 504.4 313 US 17 / US 50 / US 522 – Winchester Signed as exits 313A (east/south) and 313B (west/north) southbound; access to Winchester Airport and Shenandoah University
314.9 506.8 315 SR 7 – Berryville, Winchester Access to Washington Dulles Airport
317.8 511.4 317 US 11 to SR 37 / US 50 west / US 522 north – Winchester, Stephenson
Frederick Stephenson 321.6 517.6 321 SR 672 – Clear Brook, Brucetown
323.9 521.3 323 SR 669 to US 11 – White Hall
324.92 522.91 I-81 north – Martinsburg West Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2007 Rand McNally Atlas

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


Interstate 81
Previous state:
Tennessee
Virginia Next state:
West Virginia