U.S. Route 460 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 460 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 460.

U.S. Route 460 marker

U.S. Route 460
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Western section
Length: 79.59 mi[1] (128.09 km)
West end: US 460 near Big Rock
East end: US 460 in Bluefield
Eastern section
West end: US 460 in Glen Lyn
Major
junctions:

I‑81 in Christiansburg
US 220 in Roanoke
US 29 near Lynchburg

I‑95 in Petersburg
East end: US 60 in Norfolk
Location
Counties: Buchanan, Tazewell; Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, City of Salem, City of Roanoke, Botetourt, Bedford, Campbell, City of Lynchburg, Appomattox, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, City of Petersburg, Prince George, Sussex, Surry, Southampton, Isle of Wight, City of Suffolk, City of Chesapeake, City of Norfolk
Highway system
SR 457 I-464

U.S. Route 460 in Virginia runs east–west through the southern part of the Commonwealth. The road has two separate pieces in Virginia, joined by a relatively short section in West Virginia. Most of US 460 is a four-lane divided highway.

US 460 from Interstate 81 at Christiansburg west to Pikeville, Kentucky, including the piece in West Virginia, is Corridor Q of the Appalachian Development Highway System. From West Virginia east to I-81, US 460 also is part of the proposed Interstate 73.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Most of present US 460 or its former alignments was part of the initial Virginia highway system, defined in 1918. Specifically, the following pieces existed:[4]

Kentucky to West Virginia[edit]

In late 1921, the Virginia State Highway Commission recommended that the General Assembly add the road from State Route 11 (now U.S. Route 19) at Claypool Hill northwest to Grundy to the state highway system as a spur of SR 11 to provide "an easterly outlet from Buchanan County".[5] This spur was assigned the designation State Route 11X by 1923,[6] and later that year it became State Route 111.[7] It was renumbered State Route 126 in the 1928 renumbering and State Route 84 in the 1933 renumbering. A 6.38-mile (10.27 km) extension from Grundy northwest towards Kentucky was added in 1932,[8] and the rest to the state line was added in 1936.[9] In the 1940 renumbering, SR 84 was renumbered State Route 4 to match Kentucky Route 4.[10]

West Virginia to Norfolk[edit]

In the early 1970s, the former Virginian Railway right-of-way along the north bank of the New River eastward from a point near the Virginia-West Virginia border, near Glen Lyn to Narrows (both in Virginia) was acquired by VDOT's predecessor agency from the Norfolk and Western Railway to enable four-laning of the highway through the narrow space between the river and rocky bluffs. (The N&W main line follows the south bank through this area).

See Corridor Q for more information on U.S. 460 in Virginia

From Lynchburg east to Suffolk, the highway was built closely following the main line of the Norfolk and Western Railway (now Norfolk Southern), in many places.

Legend has it that William Mahone (1826–1895), builder of the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad and his wife, Otelia Butler Mahone (1837–1911), traveled along the newly completed Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad naming stations. Otelia was reading Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. From his historical Scottish novels, Otelia chose the place names of Wakefield as well as Windsor and Waverly. She tapped the Scottish Clan "McIvor" for the name of Ivor, a small town in neighboring Southampton County.[citation needed]

As they continued west, they reached a station in Prince George County where they could not agree on a suitable name from the books. Instead, they became creative, and invented a new name in honor of their dispute. This is how the tiny community of Disputanta was named.

The N&P railroad was completed in 1858. William Mahone became a Major General in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and later, a Senator in the United States Congress. After the War, he was also a major force in linking three trunk railroads across a southern tier of Virginia from Norfolk to Bristol to form the Atlantic, Mississippi and Ohio Railroad, the principal predecessor of the Norfolk and Western.

William and Otelia Mahone made Petersburg their family home in their later years. In modern times, a large portion of U.S. Highway 460 between Petersburg and Suffolk is named General Mahone Boulevard in his honor.

Route[edit]

From Petersburg to Suffolk US 460 is a four lane non-divided highway. It is a popular alternative to I-64 when going from Richmond and other points in central Virginia to the Currituck Sound and Outer Banks of North Carolina, avoiding the congestion and tunnels of the more northerly I-64 corridor. The road passes through several small towns that built up at stops along the railroad line. Two of these, Windsor and Waverly, have earned reputations for being speed traps. A well known local landmark, the Virginia Diner is in Wakefield, the so-called "Peanut Capital of the World" and near the site of the first commercial peanut crop grown in the New World.

Future[edit]

As of 2010 there are plans for construction of a new, interstate-quality US 460 between Petersburg and Suffolk.[11] The 55-mile (89 km), four-lane, divided highway would be built south of the existing four-lane undivided US 460 by a public–private partnership.[11] The $1.44 billion to $1.8 billion cost of the road would be offset by tolls which could range from $5.50 to $11 for cars and up to $22 for trucks.[11] The speed limit on the road would be set at 75 miles per hour (121 km/h) as an incentive for drivers.[11] In addition, a tolled, truck lane would be added to the current US 58/US 460 bypass around Suffolk to connect with the new US 460.[11]

VDOT conducted a failed attempt in 2006 to find a bidder able to build this 55 mile tollway and revamped its process with a new public bidding process in 2010. In the original process VDOT did not want to provide any taxpayer subsidy to the process, preferring to have it funded entirely with private moneys. In 2010 the original VDOT 460 Solicitation for Proposals (referred to as an "SFP") the Commonwealth stated that it would not provide any public moneys as a subsidy to the project. Later in the process VDOT amended that SFP to state that the Commonwealth would consider providing an up front public subsidy. Three bidders submitted proposals and VDOT has held two public presentations from the bidders with a public commentary process for any citizen to come forward and make statements.

According to VDOT 460 PPTA website, the three bidders currently under consideration are Cintra who requested a $782 million up front taxpayer subsidy, Multi Modal Solutions who requested a $500 million up front taxpayer subsidy, and 460 Partners who requested no up front public subsidy.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Buchanan   0.00 0.00 US 460 west – Pikeville Kentucky state line
Grundy 12.83 20.65 SR 83 east (Edgewater Drive) – Grundy, West Virginia line West end of concurrency with SR 83
Vansant 16.78 27.00 SR 83 west – Breaks Interstate Park, Pound, Grundy Municipal Airport East end of concurrency with SR 83
Tazewell Raven SR 806 to SR 67 south – Raven, Honaker
40.18 64.66 SR 67 south – Raven, Honaker West end of concurrency with SR 67
Richlands 41.56 66.88
US 460 Bus. east / SR 67 north (Front Street) – Richlands
East end of concurrency with SR 67
42.88 69.01 2 SR 67 – Richlands, Jewell Ridge interchange
Cedar Bluff 44.57 71.73 1
US 460 Bus. – Richlands, Cedar Bluff
interchange
45.75 73.63
US 460 Bus. west (Cedar Valley Drive) – Cedar Bluff
Claypool Hill 47.00 75.64 US 19 south – Bristol, Southwest Virginia Community College West end of concurrency with US 19
Pisgah 57.86 93.12
US 19 Bus. north / US 460 Bus. east / SR 632 (Crab Orchard Road) – Fort Witten, Crab Orchard Museum
Tazewell 1
SR 16 Alt. (Fairground Road) – Tazewell
interchange
59.58 95.88 2 SR 16 (Carline) – Tazewell interchange
61.01 98.19 3 SR 61 (Riverside Drive) – Tazewell, Rocky Gap interchange
4 SR 645 / SR 678 – Drytown interchange
63.76 102.61 5
US 19 Bus. south / US 460 Bus. west – Tazewell
interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Bluefield 74.47 119.85 1 US 19 north – Bluefield, West Graham interchange; east end of concurrency with US 19
76.38 122.92 2 SR 720 (Hockman Pike) – Bluefield, VA interchange
78.24 125.92 3 To SR 102 (via SR 720) – Pocahontas, Bluefield Partial cloverleaf interchange
79.59 128.09 US 460 east to I‑77 – Bluefield West Virginia
US 460 passes through West Virginia before returning to Virginia
Giles Glen Lyn 0.00 0.00 US 460 west – Bluefield West Virginia state line
Rich Creek 3.29 5.29 US 219 north (Island Street) – Lewisburg, WV
Narrows 6.97 11.22 SR 61 west (Fleshman Street) – Narrows Business District
 
US 460 Bus. east / SR 100 south – Pearisburg
interchange
 
US 460 Bus. west / SR 636 – Ripplemead, Pearisburg
interchange
  SR 730 (Eggleston Road) / SR 778 (Apache Road) former SR 42 west
  SR 700 (Mountain Lake Road) – Mountain Lake former SR 112 north
Newport 26.72 43.00 SR 42 east (Blue Grass Trail) / SR 605 south (Spruce Run Road) – Newport, New Castle
Montgomery Blacksburg 31.74 51.08
US 460 Bus. east (North Main Street) – Blacksburg
SR 650 (Toms Creek Road) interchange
35.04 56.39 Prices Fork Road (SR 412) - Downtown Blacksburg, Prices Fork interchange; former SR 114
SR 314 east (Southgate Drive) – Airport
38.01 61.17 5AB
US 460 Bus. / Smart Road – Blacksburg, Airport
interchange; signed as exits 5A (east) and 5B (west)
Christiansburg 40.49 65.16 4AB SR 114 (Peppers Ferry Road) – Radford interchange; signed as exit 4B westbound (4A has not been constructed)
41.44 66.69 3AB
US 460 Bus. – Christiansburg
interchange; no access from US 460 east to US 460 Bus. west or US 460 Bus. east to US 460 west; signed westbound as exits 3A (east) and 3B (west)
43.97 70.76 2
US 11 / US 460 Bus. – Christiansburg
interchange
44.22 71.17 1B I‑81 south to I‑77 / Parkway Drive – Radford, Bristol US 460 east follows exit 1A; US 460 west follows exit 118B
45.37 73.02
I‑81 north / US 11 south / US 460 Bus. west – Salem, Roanoke
west end of US 11 overlap; US 460 east follows exit 118C
Roanoke
No major junctions
City of Salem 65.4 105.3 SR 112 west (Wildwood Road) to I‑81
66.7 107.3
US 11 Alt. north to US 460 Alt. east (4th Street) / I‑81
67.6 108.8 US 11 north (College Avenue) East end of concurrency with US 11
67.7 109.0 SR 311 (Thompson Memorial Drive) to I‑81 / US 11 north
69.2 111.4
US 11 Alt. south / US 460 Alt. west / SR 419 (Electric Road) to I‑81 / US 221 – Salem Civic Center
West end of concurrency with US 11 Alternate
City of Roanoke 70.3 113.1 SR 117 (Peters Creek Road) to I‑581
SR 116 north (Lafayette Boulevard) West end of concurrency with SR 116
72.0 115.9 I‑581 / US 220 to I‑81 – Downtown Roanoke I-581 exit 4; west end of US 220 Alt. overlap
74.5 119.9 US 11 / US 221 south / SR 116 south (Williamson Road) – Civic Center, Downtown Roanoke East end of concurrency with US 11 Alt. / SR 116; west end of concurrency with US 221
75.0 120.7 SR 115 north (Hollins Road)
Roanoke Bonsack 79.3 127.6
US 220 Alt. north (Cloverdale Road) to I‑81 / US 11 – Troutville
East end of concurrency with US 220 Alternate
Botetourt   82.1 132.1 Blue Ridge Parkway Interchange
Bedford Bedford 100.4 161.6
US 460 Bus. east (US 221 Bus. north) to SR 43 – Bedford
interchange; no eastbound entrance
101.6 163.5
SR 122 south / SR 122 Bus. north – Bedford, Airport
interchange; west end of concurrency with SR 122
102.1 164.3
US 221 north / US 460 Bus. west / SR 122 north to SR 43 north / SR 714 – Bedford, Big Island
interchange; east end of concurrency with US 221 / SR 122
  SR 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road / New London Road) – Smith Mountain Lake, New London Airport, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest former SR 127
Campbell Timberlake 115.9 186.5
US 460 Bus. east (Timberlake Road) – Lynchburg
interchange
117.5 189.1 SR 682 (Leesville Road) interchange
  119.7 192.6 SR 678 (Airport Road) / to Greenview Drive interchange
  119.7 192.6
US 29 south / US 29 Bus. north – Lynchburg, Danville
interchange; west end of concurrency with US 29
City of Lynchburg 120.9 194.6 To SR 670 / Candlers Mountain Road / University Boulevard – Liberty University Interchange
122.9 197.8 US 501 north (Candlers Mountain Road) – Buena Vista interchange; west end of concurrency with US 501
125.3 201.7
US 501 south / US 460 Bus. west / US 501 Bus. north (Campbell Avenue) – South Boston
interchange; east end of concurrency with US 501
Campbell   127.6 205.4 US 29 north – Amherst, Charlottesville interchange; east end of concurrency with US 29
Kelly 129.2 207.9 SR 726 (Mt. Athos Road) interchange
Appomattox Concord 134.8 216.9 SR 24 west (Village Highway) / SR 608 north (Stonewall Road) – Stonewall, Concord West end of concurrency with SR 24
Appomattox 142.9 230.0
US 460 Bus. east / SR 26 north – Appomattox, Bent Creek
interchange
143.6 231.1 SR 24 east / SR 131 south to US 60 – Appomattox interchange; east end of concurrency with SR 24
145.5 234.2
US 460 Bus. west – Appomattox
no westbound entrance
  SR 630 (Old Evergreen Road) – Evergreen former SR 132 south
  154.0 247.8
US 460 Bus. east (Pamplin Road) / SR 601 north (Forest Chapel Road) to SR 47 – Pamplin
Prince Edward Shields 156.1 251.2
US 460 Bus. west (Pamplin Road) to SR 47 south – Pamplin City
Prospect SR 626 (Peaks Road / Prospect Road) – Featherfin Wildlife Management Area former SR 133 east
  167.5 269.6
US 15 north / US 460 Bus. east – Farmville, Culpeper
interchange; west end of concurrency with US 15
  172.0 276.8
US 15 south / US 15 Bus. north – Farmville, Keysville
interchange; east end of concurrency with US 15
  174.9 281.5
US 460 Bus. west – Farmville
interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  SR 696 (Green Bay Road) – Twin Lakes State Park, Cedar Crest Center former SR 135 south
Rice 179.1 288.2 SR 307 east (Holly Farms Road) – Richmond, Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park
Nottoway   186.4 300.0 US 360 west – South Boston, Danville interchange; no eastbound exit; west end of concurrency with US 360
 
US 360 Bus. east / US 460 Bus. east (2nd Street) to US 360 west – Burkeville, Keysville
no westbound exit
Burkeville 186.6 300.3
US 360 Bus. west / US 460 Bus. west (2nd Street) – Burkeville
  188.4 303.2 US 360 east – Richmond Interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; east end of concurrency with US 360
  SR 723 (Lewiston Plank Road) to US 360 east – Richmond, Victoria
  SR 323 north (Crepe Myrtle Road) – Piedmont Geriatric Hospital
Crewe 190.6 306.7 SR 49 north (Watsons Wood Road) to US 360 West end of concurrency with SR 49
192.4 309.6 SR 49 south (The Falls Road) – Victoria, Chase City, Clarksville East end of concurrency with SR 49
  196.0 315.4
US 460 Bus. east – Nottoway, Blackstone
interchange
Blackstone 201.3 324.0 SR 606 – Blackstone interchange
  203.3 327.2
US 460 Bus. west (Cox Road) / SR 609 (Yellow Bird Road) – Blackstone, Fort Pickett, Kenbridge, VA Tech Southern Piedmont Center, Blackstone Army Airfield, Allen C. Perkinson Airport
  206.2 331.8 SR 153 north (Rocky Hill Road) – Amelia
Dinwiddie Sutherland SR 631 (Claiborne Road) / SR 708 (Namozine Road) – Mannboro former SR 38 west
Jack 225.0 362.1 SR 226 east (Cox Road)
  226.9 365.2
I‑85 south / US 460 Bus. east (Airport Street) to US 1 – South Hill
west end of concurrency with I-85; US 460 west follows exit 61
  232.1 373.5 63 US 1 (US 460 Bus.) signed as exits 63A (south) and 63B (north)
City of Petersburg 234.2 376.9 65 Squirrel Level Road
236.8 381.1 I‑95 north – Richmond east end of I-85 overlap; west end of I-95 overlap; US 460 east follows exit 68; US 460 west follows exit 51
237.1 381.6 50B-C US 301 (Crater Road / US 460 Bus. west) signed westbound as exits 50B (north) and 50C (south)
50A
US 460 Bus. east (County Drive) to SR 109 – Norfolk, Fort Lee
no eastbound entrance
237.8 382.7 48B I‑95 south / Wagner Road west – Rocky Mount, NC east end of I-95 overlap; US 460 east follows exit 48A
240.4 386.9
US 460 Bus. west (County Drive) / SR 106 north (Courthouse Road) – Prince George, Fort Lee
Prince George   241.0 387.9 I‑295 – Washington, Rocky Mount, NC I-295 exit 3
  244.9 394.1 SR 156 (Prince George Drive) to I‑95 south – Hopewell
Disputanta SR 625 (Hines Road) – Newville, Burrowsville former SR 154 north
Sussex Waverly 257.9 415.0 SR 40 (Main Street) – Claremont, Stony Creek
Wakefield 265.5 427.3 SR 31 north / SR 628 (Main Street) – Surry, Courtland, Chippokes Plantation State Park
Southampton Ivor SR 616 (Proctor Bridge Road) former SR 312 north
SR 616 (Main Street) – Courtland former SR 312 south
Isle of Wight Windsor 282.3 454.3 US 258 (Prince Boulevard) – Smithfield, Franklin, Newport News, Hampton, Historic Boykins Tavern
City of Suffolk 290.9 468.2
US 13 south / US 58 west / US 460 Bus. east (Pruden Boulevard) – Emporia, Downtown Suffolk
interchange; west end of concurrencies with US 13 and US 58
292.3 470.4 SR 10 / SR 32 – Smithfield, Newport News, Downtown Suffolk interchange
294.1 473.3 SR 642 (Wilroy Road) interchange
296.3 476.8
US 13 Bus. south / US 58 Bus. west / US 460 Bus. west – Downtown Suffolk
interchange; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
City of Chesapeake 302.6 487.0
I‑664 north (Hampton Roads Beltway inner loop) / US 58 east / US 460 Alt. east (Airline Boulevard) / SR 191 north (Jolliff Road) – Newport News, Hampton, Richmond
east end of US 58 overlap; west end of I-664 overlap (eastbound only); I-664 exit 13
West Military Highway interchange eastbound; intersection westbound
I‑264 / I‑64 east (Hampton Roads Beltway outer loop) – Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach east end of I-664 overlap (eastbound only); US 460 east follows exit 14
I‑64 to I‑664 – Suffolk, Virginia Beach I-64 exit 297
US 17 (North George Washington Highway) to I‑64 – Portsmouth, Elizabeth City, NC
SR 196 west (Canal Drive)
Gilmerton Bridge over Southern Branch Elizabeth River
US 13 north (South Military Highway) / SR 166 south (Bainbridge Boulevard) to I‑64 – Virginia Beach, Great Bridge Interchange; east end of concurrency with US 13; west end of concurrency with SR 166
SR 337 (Poindexter Street / Bainbridge Boulevard) west end of SR 337 Alt. overlap
SR 246 east (Liberty Street)
City of Norfolk SR 407 (Indian River Road)
SR 168 south (Campostella Road) West end of concurrency with SR 168
Campostella Bridge over Eastern Branch Elizabeth River
I‑264 east to I‑64 / Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – Virginia Beach, Airport I-264 exit 11
SR 166 north (Park Avenue) East end of concurrency with SR 166
SR 168 north (Tidewater Drive / SR 337 west) to I‑264 west / I‑464 East end of concurrency with SR 168 / SR 337 Alt.; west end of concurrency with SR 337

SR 337 east / US 460 Alt. west (East Brambleton Avenue)
East end of concurrency with SR 337
US 58 (East Virginia Beach Boulevard)
SR 247 east (26th Street)
SR 247 west (27th Street)
To I‑64 / I‑564 / Little Creek Road (SR 165)
I‑64 / I‑564 west / Terminal Boulevard (SR 406) – Hampton, Richmond, Naval Station Norfolk, Airport I-64 exit 276

US 60 Alt. to I‑64 / US 60 west
interchange; no access from SR 168 north to US 460 west or SR 168 south to US 460 east; west end of US 60 Alt. overlap (westbound only)
US 60 (Ocean View Avenue) – Willoughby east end of US 60 Alt. overlap (westbound only)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "U.S. Route 460 in Virginia (western section)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-460+E&daddr=US-460+E&hl=en&sll=37.242902,-81.234198&sspn=0.015442,0.038581&geocode=FWYcOgIdNHEZ-w%3BFSJHOAIdM20o-w&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=h&z=10. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  3. ^ Google Inc. "U.S. Route 460 in Virginia (eastern section)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Virginia+Ave&daddr=Roanoke+St+to:US-11+S%2FUS-460+W%2FW+Main+St+to:US-221+N%2FUS-460+E%2FW+Lynchburg+Salem+Turnpike+to:W+Virginia+Ave+to:US-13+N%2FUS-460+E+to:Wilson+Rd+to:Granby+St&hl=en&sll=36.8458,-76.26812&sspn=0.016725,0.038581&geocode=FW4vOgIdbwwu-w%3BFcysNgIdod81-w%3BFaFhOAIdbaE4-w%3BFZcpOgIddPc_-w%3BFc95NwIdAGNX-w%3BFXMeMQIdp61z-w%3BFeQCMgId_E50-w%3BFZ_ZMwIdUYV0-w&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=h&z=8. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  4. ^ Minutes of the First Meeting of the State Highway Commission Created Under the Acts of 1922, Held July 5th, 1922, Richmond, Va. PDF (150 KB), Proposed "State Highway System" for Virginia, as Recommended by the State Roads Committee, January 1918
  5. ^ Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission, Held at Richmond, Virginia, November 29th, and December 3rd, 1921, and an Inspection Trip, November 30th, December 1st, and 2nd, 1921, and meeting Washington, D. C. December 2nd, 1921 PDF (541 KB), page 49
  6. ^ Minutes of the Tenth Meeting of the State Highway Commission Held in Richmond, Va. March 26th, 27th, and 28th, 1923 PDF (321 KB), page 12
  7. ^ Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission at Pearisburg, Tazewell, and Clintwood, Va. August 21st & 22nd, 1923 PDF (13.3 KB), page 2
  8. ^ Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission of Virginia, Held in Richmond, June 10, 1932 PDF (212 KB), page 8
  9. ^ Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission of Virginia, Held in Richmond, August 12, 1936 PDF (402 KB), page 24
  10. ^ Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission of Virginia, Held in Richmond, October 10, 1940 PDF (332 KB), page 8
  11. ^ a b c d e Debbie Messina. "Tolls for a new U.S. 460 could reach $11 per car". Virginian-Pilot. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.

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Succeeded by
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