Interstate 81 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of Interstate 81 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 81.

Interstate 81 marker

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
SR 80 SR 82

Interstate 81 (I-81) is an 855-mile (1,376 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 Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
Washington   0.0 0.0 I-81 south – Kingsport, Knoxville Tennessee state line
City of Bristol 0.9 1.4 1 US 58 west / US 421 – Bristol, Gate City South end of US 58 overlap; signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (west/north) southbound
3.2 5.1 3 I‑381 south – Bristol
5.6 9.0 5 US 11 / US 19 (Lee Highway)
7.4 11.9 7 Old Airport Road / Bonham Road former SR 76
Washington   10.3 16.6 10 US 11 / US 19 (Lee Highway) (via SR F310)
  13.6 21.9 13 SR 611 / Lee Highway (US 11 / US 19) Access to Virginia Highlands Airport
Abingdon 14.4 23.2 14 SR 140 to US 19 – 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
  26.4 42.5 26 SR 737 – Emory Access to Emory and Henry College
Old Glade Spring 29.5 47.5 29 SR 91 – Damascus, Glade Spring
  32.1 51.7 32 US 11 (Lee Highway) – Chilhowie
Smyth Chilhowie 35.7 57.5 35 SR 107 – Chilhowie former SR 79
Seven Mile Ford 39.3 63.2 39 US 11 / SR 645 – Seven Mile Ford
  44.1 71.0 44 US 11 – Marion
Marion 44.9 72.3 45 SR 16 – Marion
Mount Carmel 47.3 76.1 47 US 11 – Marion
Atkins 50.4 81.1 50 US 11 (via SR 622) – Atkins
  54.3 87.4 18 54 SR 683 – Groseclose Access to Mountain Empire Airport
Wythe   60.6 97.5 19 60 SR 90 – Rural Retreat
  67.4 108.5 20 67 US 11 – Wytheville Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Wytheville 70.4 113.3 21 70 US 21 south / US 52 north – Wytheville South end of US 52 concurrency
72.6 116.8 72 I‑77 north – Bluefield, Charleston, WV South end of I-77 concurrency
73.6 118.4 22 73 US 11 south – Wytheville South end of US 11 concurrency
  77.4 124.6 77 SR F042 (Chapman Road) / SR F043 (East Lee Highway)
Fort Chiswell 80.2 129.1 80 US 52 south / SR 121 north – Fort Chiswell, Max Meadows North end of US 52 concurrency
  81.6 131.3 81 I‑77 south – Charlotte, NC North end of I-77 concurrency
  84.5 136.0 84 SR 619 – Grahams Forge
  86.6 139.4 86 SR F044 (East Lee Highway) / SR F045 (Topaz Drive)
Pulaski   89.5 144.0 89 US 11 north / SR 100 south – Pulaski, Hillsville North end of US 11 concurrency, south end of SR 100 concurrency; signed as exits 89A (south) and 89B (north)
Draper 92.4 148.7 92 SR 658 – Draper
McAdam 94.7 152.4 94 SR 99 north / Service Road (SR F047) – Pulaski signed as exits 94A (Service Road) and 94B (SR 99) northbound
Newbern 98.1 157.9 98 SR 100 – Dublin, Pearisburg north end of SR 100 overlap
  101.4 163.2 101 SR 660 – Claytor Lake State Park
Montgomery   105.4 169.6 105 SR 232 / SR 605 – Radford
  109.6 176.4 109 SR 177 / SR 600 – Radford
Christiansburg 113.9 183.3 114 SR 8 – Christiansburg, Floyd
118.4 190.5 118A Parkway Drive
118.4 190.5 118B
US 460 west to US 11 / US 460 Bus. – Christiansburg, Blacksburg
south end of US 460 overlap (C/D roads only)
37 118C
US 11 / US 460 east / US 460 Bus. west – Christiansburg, Shawsville, Elliston
north end of US 460 overlap (C/D roads only)
  128.4 206.6 38 128 SR 603 to US 11 – Ironto
Roanoke   132.1 212.6 39 132 SR 647 – Dixie Caverns
City of Salem 137.6 221.4 40 137 SR 112 / SR 619 – Salem
Roanoke   140.4 226.0 140 SR 311 – Salem, New Castle
  141.2 227.2 41 141 SR 419 to SR 311 north – Salem, New Castle
  143.4 230.8 42 143 I‑581 south / US 220 south – Airport, Roanoke South end of US 220 concurrency
  146.4 235.6 43 146 SR 115 – Hollins, Cloverdale, Roanoke
Botetourt   150.3 241.9 44 150 US 11 / US 220 north / US 220A south to US 460 – Troutville, Daleville, Fincastle, Cloverdale North end of US 220 overlap; signed as exits 150A (south) and 150B (north)
  156.4 251.7 45 156 SR 640 to US 11 – Troutville
  162.6 261.7 46 162 US 11 – Buchanan
  167.3 269.2 47 167 US 11 south – Buchanan South end of US 11 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance
  168.4 271.0 48 168 SR 614 – Arcadia
Rockbridge Springfield 175.4 282.3 49 175 US 11 north – Natural Bridge North end of US 11 concurrency
Fancy Hill 180.5 290.5 50 180 US 11 – Fancy Hill, Natural Bridge, Glasgow Signed as exits 180A (south) and 180B (north) southbound
  188.7 303.7 51 188 US 60 – Lexington, Buena Vista Signed as exits 188A (east) and 188B (west)
  191.3 307.9 52 191 I‑64 west – Lexington, Charleston South end of I-64 concurrency
  195.6 314.8 53 195 US 11 (Lee Highway) – Lexington
Fairfield 200.2 322.2 200 SR 710 – Fairfield
Raphine 205.6 330.9 205 SR 606 – Raphine, Steeles Tavern to SR 56
Augusta   213.4 343.4 213 US 11 to US 340 – Greenville Signed as exits 213A (south) and 213B (north) southbound
Brookwood 217.2 349.5 217 SR 654 – Mint Spring, Stuarts Draft
  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
Peyton 222.2 357.6 57 222 US 250 – Staunton, Fishersville
  225.1 362.3 58 225 SR 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) – Staunton
Verona 227.6 366.3 59 227 SR 612 – Verona
Weyers Cave 234.9 378.0 60 235 SR 256 – Weyers Cave, Grottoes
Rockingham   240.5 387.0 61 240 SR 257 / SR 682 – Mount Crawford, Bridgewater
City of Harrisonburg 243.1 391.2 62 243 US 11 – Harrisonburg
245.6 395.3 63 245 SR 253 (Port Republic Road)
247.5 398.3 64 247 US 33 – Harrisonburg, Elkton Signed as exits 247A (east) and 247B (west)
Rockingham   251.1 404.1 65 251 US 11 – Harrisonburg
Mauzy 257.0 413.6 66 257 US 11 / SR 259 – Mauzy, Broadway, Timberville
Shenandoah New Market 264.6 425.8 67 264 US 211 east (SR 211 west) – New Market, Timberville, Luray
  268.8 432.6 68 269 SR 730 to US 11 – Shenandoah Caverns, Mount Jackson
  273.4 440.0 69 273 SR 292 / SR 703 – Mount Jackson, Basye
Bowmans Crossing 277.2 446.1 70 277 SR 614 – Bowmans Crossing Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  279.6 450.0 71 279 SR 185 / SR 675 – Edinburg
Woodstock 283.4 456.1 72 283 SR 42 – Woodstock
  291.1 468.5 73 291 SR 651 – Toms Brook
  296.7 477.5 74 296 US 48 / SR 55 – Strasburg
  298.3 480.1 75 298 US 11 – Strasburg
Frederick   300.6 483.8 76 300 I‑66 east – Front Royal, Washington
  302.3 486.5 77 302 SR 627 – Middletown
  307.3 494.6 78 307 SR 277 to US 340 – Stephens City
  309.9 498.7 79 310 SR 37 north to US 50 west / US 522 north / US 11 / SR 642 – Romney, Berkeley Springs, Kernstown
  313.4 504.4 80 313 US 17 / US 50 / US 522 – Winchester Signed as exits 313A (south/east) and 313B (north/west) southbound
  314.9 506.8 81 315 SR 7 – Winchester, Berryville
  317.8 511.4 82 317 US 11 to SR 37 / US 522 north / US 50 west – Winchester, Stephenson
Clearbrook 321.6 517.6 83 321 SR 672 – Clearbrook, Brucetown
Rest 323.9 521.3 84 323 SR 669 to US 11 – Whitehall
  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