Interstate 85 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of Interstate 85 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 85.

Interstate 85 marker

Interstate 85
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 68.64 mi[1] (110.47 km)
Major junctions
South end: I‑85 near Bracey

US 58 in South Hill
US 1 near South Hill
SR 46 near Alberta
SR 40 near McKenney

US 460 near Petersburg
North end: I‑95 / US 460 in Petersburg
Counties: Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Dinwiddie, City of Petersburg
Highway system
SR 84 SR 85

Interstate 85 (I-85) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Montgomery, Alabama to Petersburg, Virginia. In Virginia, the Interstate Highway runs 68.64 miles (110.47 km) from the North Carolina state line near Bracey north to I-95 in Petersburg. I-85 passes through the eastern part of Southside Virginia, where it parallels U.S. Route 1 (US 1) from Petersburg, where the highway runs concurrently with US 460, to south of South Hill, where the highway intersects Southside's major east–west highway, US 58. The Interstate Highway is the primary connection between the Richmond–Petersburg metropolitan area and the Research Triangle and other major metropolitan areas of North Carolina. Like all mainline Interstate Highways, I-85 is a part of the National Highway System for its entire length in Virginia.[2]

Route description[edit]

I-85 enters Virginia in Mecklenburg County southwest of Bracey. The Interstate Highway continues southwest toward Henderson and Durham. Northbound I-85 has a welcome center before the highway crosses Lake Gaston, an impoundment of the Roanoke River, on a causeway and bridge before reaching an interchange with SR 903 at Bracey. The freeway passes through the town of South Hill, where the highway has a cloverleaf interchange with US 58 (Atlantic Avenue). US 58 serves as the major east–west highway of Southside Virginia; the U.S. Highway provides access to La Crosse, Brodnax, Lawrenceville, and Emporia to the east and Boydton and Clarksville to the west. US 58 leads to SR 47, which provides access to Chase City. North of the town of South Hill, I-85 has a junction with US 1 (Mecklenburg Avenue), which parallels the Interstate Highway from Henderson to Petersburg. The US 1 interchange also provides access to SR 138, which heads north toward Kenbridge.[3][4]

North of US 1, I-85 enters Brunswick County just before the highway crosses the Meherrin River. The Interstate Highway has an interchange with SR 644 (Brunswick Drive) at Meredithville and a partial interchange with SR 46 (Christanna Highway) before the freeway crosses to the east side of US 1 (Boydton Plank Road) at an interchange southwest of the town of Alberta. The SR 46 and US 1 interchanges provide access to St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville and the Christanna campus of Southside Virginia Community College at the SR 46–US 1 intersection. Northeast of Alberta, I-85 has rest areas in both directions and interchanges with SR 630 (Sturgeon Road) at Sturgeonville and SR 712 (Old Stage Road) near Rawlings.[5][4]

I-85 crosses the Nottoway River into Dinwiddie County southwest of its interchanges with SR 40 (McKenney Highway) near the town of McKenney and SR 650 (Hamilton Arms Road) at DeWitt. The Interstate Highway serves Dinwiddie via its partial cloverleaf interchange with SR 703 (Carson Road) just east of the county seat of Dinwiddie County and another pair of rest areas. The Dinwiddie interchange and the following interchange with US 460 (Cox Road) provide access to Virginia Motorsports Park. At the partial cloverleaf interchange with US 460, which also leads to Dinwiddie County Airport, the Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway start to run concurrently toward Petersburg. Both the US 460 interchange and the following partial cloverleaf junction with US 1 (Boydton Plank Road) provide access to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park. East of US 1, the freeway curves to the east and changes from having a wide, forested median to a Jersey barrier separating the twin carriageways.[6][4]

I-85 enters the city of Petersburg prior to its junction with Squirrel Level Road. South of downtown Petersburg, I-85 reaches its northern terminus at a trumpet interchange with I-95. The southern end of the interchange has a ramp from northbound I-85 to southbound I-95. Here, US 460 joins I-95 south through an interchange with US 301 (Crater Road), south of which the U.S. Highway separates from I-95 on its way to Norfolk. I-85 curves north and merges with I-95 (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike) in the direction of Richmond adjacent to the loop ramp from northbound I-95 to southbound I-85. Just before merging with northbound I-95, I-85 has its final exit, a ramp that leads to the one-way pair of eastbound Wythe Street and westbound Washington Street in Historic Old Towne Petersburg. Wythe Street leads to Petersburg National Battlefield; Fort Lee, which contains the Army Quartermaster Museum and Army Women's Museum; and the city of Hopewell via SR 36.[6][4]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile
km Exit Destinations Notes
Mecklenburg   0.00 0.00 I‑85 south – Durham Continuation into North Carolina
Bracey 4.23 6.81 4 SR 903 – Bracey, Lake Gaston
South Hill 12.62 20.31 12 US 58 (Atlantic Avenue) to SR 47 – Norfolk, South Hill Split into exits 12A (east) and 12B (west)
15.34 24.69 15 US 1 (Mecklenburg Avenue) – South Hill, Kenbridge
Brunswick Meredithville 24.08 38.75 24 SR 644 (Brunswick Drive) – Meredithville
Alberta 27.09 43.60 27 SR 46 (Christanna Highway) – Blackstone, Lawrenceville Northbound exit and southbound entrance
28.28 45.51 28 US 1 (Boydton Plank Road) – Alberta
Sturgeonville 34.67 55.80 34 SR 630 (Sturgeon Road) – Warfield
Rawlings 39.38 63.38 39 SR 712 (Old Stage Road) – Rawlings
Dinwiddie McKenney 42.52 68.43 42 SR 40 (McKenney Highway) – McKenney
DeWitt 48.47 78.00 48 SR 650 (Hamilton Arms Road) – DeWitt
Dinwiddie 53.35 85.86 53 SR 703 (Carson Road) – Dinwiddie
Sutherland 61.87 99.57 61 US 460 west (Cox Road) – Blackstone, Lynchburg West end of US 460 overlap
  63.64 102.42 63 US 1 (Boydton Plank Road) Split into exits 63A (south) and 63B (north)
City of Petersburg 65.83 105.94 65 Squirrel Level Road
68.40 110.08 68 I‑95 south / US 460 east – Rocky Mount, Norfolk East end of US 460 overlap; Northbound exit and southbound entrance
69 Wythe Street east / Washington Street west – Historic Old Towne Petersburg Northbound exit and southbound entrance
I‑95 north (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike) – Richmond Northern terminus of I-85, exit 51 on I-95
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  2. ^ Federal Highway Administration (2004-04) (PDF). National Highway System: Virginia (Map). Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  3. ^ a b "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Mecklenburg County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d Google Inc. "Interstate 85 in Virginia". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-77.392888&sspn=0.007108,0.01929&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=9. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  5. ^ a b "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Brunswick County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  6. ^ a b c "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Dinwiddie County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

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