U.S. Route 29 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 29 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 29.

U.S. Route 29 marker

U.S. Route 29
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 248.00 mi[1] (399.12 km)
Existed: 1931 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 29 near Reidsville, NC
 

US 58 in Danville
US 460 near Lynchburg
I‑64 near Charlottesville
US 250 in Charlottesville
US 33 near Ruckersville
US 522 near Culpeper
US 17 near Warrenton
US 15 in Gainesville
US 50 in Fairfax

I‑66 in Arlington
North end: US 29 in Washington, DC
Highway system
SR 28 SR 30
I-664 Virginia 785.svg SR 895

U.S. Route 29 (US 29) is a major north–south route in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It covers 248 miles (399 km) from the North Carolina border at the city of Danville to the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C.. US 29 roughly bisects Virginia into eastern and western halves, and along with Interstate 81 in western Virginia, and 85/95 farther east, provides one of the major north–south routes through the Commonwealth.

For much of its length, US 29 in Virginia is known as the Seminole Trail. Through Northern Virginia, it is known as Lee Highway, except in Falls Church, where it acts as the east/west divider for city streets and is called North or South Washington Street. On April 7, 1993 the Virginia General Assembly officially designated the entire length of US 29 from the North Carolina border to the Potomac River as the "29th Infantry Division Memorial Highway" in honor of that Army unit, which, along with the 1st Infantry Division, formed the spearhead of the American infantry that landed on the morning of 6 June 1944 on Omaha Beach in Normandy as part of the invasion of France to liberate that country during World War II. These divisions next fought their way across France, and into Germany. In addition, the name of this highway serves to honor many members of the Virginia Army National Guard who serve as part of this National Guard Division today. Signs indicating this designation have been placed periodically on both sides of US 29.

For most of its route through Virginia, US 29 has been constructed to be at least four lanes along its route, with the two short exceptions being where the highway passes through Manassas National Battlefield Park, where it is two lanes wide for approximately three miles, and through Fairfax and Arlington counties, where it is sometimes wider.

US 29 entering Virginia from North Carolina; The Bus/Byp split, Bus. entering, and Byp. entering.

US 29 in Virginia has probably the most highway by-pass routes in the entire state, having eleven of these around various cities and towns. These bypasses are around Danville, Chatham, Gretna, Hurt-Altavista, Lynchburg-Madison Heights-Amherst, Lovingston, Charlottesville, Madison, Culpeper, Remington, and Warrenton. In addition, Interstate 66 serves for the most part as a by-pass of Manassas and also Fairfax and Arlington.

Route description[edit]

US 29 enters Virginia in Danville from North Carolina, immediately splitting into business and by-pass routes. US 29 joins the Danville Expressway and US 58 around the east side of Danville, entering Pittsylvania County, and re-merging with the business route north of town in Blairs. Along the southeastern quadrant of the Danville Expressway between the North Carolina border and US 360, the route is designated as part of unsigned State Route 785 for 7.39 mi (11.89 km).[2] Created c. 2000, SR 785 is numbered in contradiction to the conventional system of numbering in the state, where primary routes are numbered less than 600 and secondary routes at or above this number. It is numbered as such because it is part of the planned Interstate 785, which will run south along US 29 to Interstate 85 in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is only one of two routes of this type. The other is Route 895 in Richmond for similar reasons.

US 29 then continues north where it splits into business and by-pass routes for Chatham, Gretna, and Hurt before entering Campbell County.

US 29 outside of Gainesville, Virginia

The next major city is Lynchburg. US 29 joins the US 460 by-pass of Lynchburg, splitting from it just before entering Amherst County. US 29 again by-passes Madison Heights and Amherst as an expressway, and enters Nelson County and passes the town of Lovingston and enters into Albemarle County. The route then continues north to Charlottesville, intersecting Interstate 64 and by-passing downtown Charlottesville. US 29 rejoins its business route just north of downtown and continues north through Greene and Madison Counties, and then turns north-east toward Culpeper. US 15 joins US 29 around Culpeper, and heads to Warrenton, entering Northern Virginia.

US 29 / 15 is joined by US 17 south of Warrenton in Fauquier County, and continues around the town, with US 17 splitting off. US 29/15 continues mostly eastward to Gainesville where US 15 splits and US 29 intersects Interstate 66 for the first time. US 29 continues into Fairfax County, where it passes along the boundary of the city of Falls Church, where the road has two different names. The portion of the street running northbound is located in the City of Falls Church is called Washington Boulevard, and has different street addresses than the other side running southbound in Fairfax County, where it is named Lee Highway. The road continues into Arlington, having intersected I-66 five more times before crossing into the District.

History[edit]

The portion of what is now US 29 from the North Carolina state line to Warrenton was named the Seminole Trail by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on February 16, 1928. Although it was apparently not part of the National Auto Trails initiative early in the 20th century, the Seminole Trail is believed to have originated as part of an effort to promote the road as a through-route to Florida, home of the Native American Seminole tribe. Many road maps of the 1930s and 1940s list the Seminole Trail on highways in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and ultimately Florida.

The Gainesville Interchange project is taking place at interchange between Lee Highway (US 29) and the Custis Memorial Highway (I-66). The project is to include interchanges at many other heavily traveled roads in the area due to the rapid growth in development in Gainesville and Haymarket. Reasoning for this is because of the lack or road development to accommodate the new heavy traffic in the area. The plan includes an interchange design to ease traffic flow on Lee Highway on to I-66. Lee Highway is also planned to be widened. There will also be an interchange at the junction with Linton Hall Road (SR 619). What was once a two-lane country road is now a four lane suburban highway. The project started in early 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2013. As of June 2010 the interchange between I-66 and US 29 is complete. Land has been acquired by VDOT at the intersection of US 29 and Linton Hall Road/SR 619.As of spring 2014 the Linton Hall Road intersection still remains under construction.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
City of Danville 0.00 0.00 US 29 south – Greensboro Southern terminus of US 29 in Virginia; North Carolina state line
0.00 0.00
US 58 west (Danville Expressway) / US 29 Bus. north (West Main Street) – Martinsville, Danville
Partial cloverleaf nterchange straddles North Carolina state line; south end of concurrency with US 58
Corning Drive Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Elizabeth Street Extended Right-in/right-out interchanges in both directions; no access across US 29 / US 58
SR 86 (Main Street) – Yanceyville, Chapel Hill Diamond interchange
Goodyear Boulevard Partial cloverleaf interchange
River Park Drive – Dan Daniel Memorial Park Diamond interchange

US 58 east / US 360 / US 58 Bus. west (South Boston Road) – South Boston, Danville
Full cloverleaf interchange; north end of concurrency with US 58
Pittsylvania   To SR 360 (Old Richmond Road) – Halifax Partial cloverleaf interchange
Blairs
SR 726 (Malmaison Road) to US 29 Bus. – Blairs, Danville
Northbound exit, southbound entrance

US 29 Bus. south (North Main Street) to SR 726 – Blairs, Danville
Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Chatham
US 29 Bus. north (Main Street) – Chatham
Northbound exit, southbound entrance
SR 57 (Halifax Road) – Chatham, South Boston Diamond interchange
SR 685 (Chalk Level Road) – Chatham Partial cloverleaf interchange

US 29 Bus. south (Main Street) – Chatham
Diamond interchange
Gretna
US 29 Bus. north – Gretna
Northbound exit, southbound entrance
SR 40 (Gretna Road) – Gretna, Rocky Mount Diamond interchange

US 29 Bus. south – Gretna
Southbound exit, northbound entrance
Hurt
US 29 Bus. north (Main Street) – Hurt
Diamond interchange
SR 924 (Pocket Road) – Hurt Diamond interchange
Campbell Altavista SR 43 (Bedford Avenue) – Altavista, Leesville Diamond interchange
SR 714 (Lynch Mill Road) – Altavista Partial cloverleaf interchange
SR 711 (Clarion Road) Partial cloverleaf interchange

US 29 Bus. south (Main Street) – Altavista
Diamond interchange
Yellow Branch SR 24 (Colonial Highway) – Rustburg, Evington
 
US 460 west / US 29 Bus. north (Wards Road) – Roanoke, Lynchburg
Cloverleaf interchange; south end of concurrency with US 460
City of Lynchburg Candlers Mountain Road – Liberty University Interchange
US 501 north (Candlers Mountain Road) – Buena Vista Full Y interchange; south end of concurrency with US 501

US 501 south / US 460 Bus. west / US 501 Bus. north (Campbell Avenue) – South Boston
Partial cloverleaf interchange; north end of concurrency with US 501
US 460 east (Richmond Highway) – Appomattox, Richmond Trumpet interchange; north end of concurrency with US 460
Amherst   SR 210 west (Colony Road) – Madison Heights Partial cloverleaf interchange
  SR 130 west (Amelon Road) – Madison Heights Diamond interchange
Sweet Briar
US 29 Bus. south (Amherst Highway) / US 29 Bus. north (Main Street) – Madison Heights, Amherst
Partial cloverleaf interchange
Amherst US 60 (Richmond Highway) – Amherst, Richmond, Lexington Partial cloverleaf interchange

US 29 Bus. south (Main Street) – Amherst
Partial cloverleaf interchange
Buffalo Hill SR 151 north (Patrick Henry Highway) – Piney River
Nelson Colleen SR 56 west (Tye Brook Highway) – Piney River South end of concurrency with SR 56
Lovingston
US 29 Bus. north / SR 56 east (Front Street)
North end of concurrency with SR 56

US 29 Bus. south (Front Street)
Woods Mill SR 6 west (River Road) – Avon South end of concurrency with SR 6
Faber SR 6 east (Irish Road) – Scottsville North end of concurrency with SR 6
Albemarle   I‑64 – Staunton, Richmond I-64 Exit 118
 
US 29 Bus. north (Fontaine Street) – Charlottesville
Diamond interchange
 
US 250 west / US 250 Bus. east (Ivy Road) – Charlottesville, Waynesboro
Partial cloverleaf interchange; south end of concurrency with US 250
  Old Ivy Road Westbound exit, eastbound entrance
  Leonard Sandbridge Road – University of Virginia Right-in/right-out interchange eastbound
City of Charlottesville Barracks Road Diamond interchange

US 250 east / US 29 Bus. south (Emmet Street) – Richmond
Partial cloverleaf interchange; north end of concurrency with US 250
Albemarle
No major junctions
Greene Ruckersville US 33 (Spotswood Trail) – Richmond, Harrisonburg
Madison Pratts SR 230 west (Wolftown–Hood Road) – Stanardsville South end of concurrency with SR 230
SR 230 east / SR 231 south (Orange Road) – Orange, Gordonsville North end of concurrency with SR 230; south end of concurrency with SR 231
Madison
US 29 Bus. north / SR 231 north (Main Street)
North end of concurrency with SR 231; no direct access from southbound US 29 to northbound US 29 Business / SR 231 or from southbound US 29 Business / SR 231 to northbound US 29

US 29 Bus. south (Main Street)
Culpeper Culpeper
US 29 Bus. north / SR 299 south (Madison Road) – Culpeper
Partial cloverleaf interchange

US 15 south (James Madison Highway) / US 15 Bus. north (Orange Road) – Culpeper, Orange
Diamond interchange; south end of concurrency with US 15
US 522 (Germanna Highway) / SR 3 – Mineral, Fredericksburg Diamond interchange

US 15 Bus. south (Brandy Road) / US 29 Bus. south – Culpeper, Brandy Station
Partial cloverleaf interchange
Remington
US 15 Bus. north (Remington Road) / US 29 Bus. north
Fauquier
US 15 Bus. south (James Madison Street) / US 29 Bus. south
SR 28 north (Catlett Road) – Manassas
Opal US 17 south (Marsh Road) – Fredericksburg South end of concurrency with US 17
Warrenton
US 15 Bus. north / US 17 Bus. north / US 29 Bus. north (James Madison Highway) – Warrenton
SR 643 (Meetze Road/Lee Street) – Warrenton Diamond interchange

US 17 north / US 15 Bus. south (Lee Highway) / US 29 Bus. south to US 211 west – Winchester, Warrenton, Luray
Directional interchange; north end of concurrency with US 17
Buckland SR 215 east (Vint Hill Road) – Vint Hill
Prince William US 15 north (James Madison Highway) – Leesburg North end of concurrency with US 15
Gainesville SR 55 west (John Marshall Highway) / SR 619 south (Linton Hall Road) – Haymarket, Bristow Interchange under construction
I‑66 – Front Royal, Washington I-66 Exit 43
Manassas National Battlefield Park SR 234 (Sudley Road) – Manassas, Catharpin
Fairfax Centreville I‑66 – Front Royal, Washington I-66 Exit 52
SR 28 (Sully Road/Centreville Road) – Manassas, Chantilly
Fair Lakes SR 286 (Fairfax County Parkway) / SR 608 north (West Ox Road) Three-level diamond interchange
City of Fairfax US 50 west (Lee Jackson Highway) / SR 236 east (Main Street) – Alexandria, Chantilly South end of concurrency with US 50
SR 123 (Chain Bridge Road) – Vienna
US 50 east / SR 237 west (Arlington Boulevard) / Old Lee Highway Fairfax Circle; north end of concurrency with US 50; south end of concurrency with SR 237
Fairfax Merrifield SR 243 (Nutley Street) to I‑66 – Vienna
City of Falls Church SR 338 (Hillwood Avenue) – Seven Corners
SR 7 (Broad Street) – Alexandria, Tysons Corner
Arlington East Falls Church I‑66 west / SR 237 east (Washington Boulevard) – Dulles Airport, Front Royal
  SR 120 (Glebe Road) – Ballston, Chain Bridge
  SR 309 west (Old Dominion Drive) South end of concurrency with SR 309
Waverly Hills SR 309 east (Lee Highway) North end of concurrency with SR 309
Cherrydale SR 309 west (Lee Highway)
Lyon Village I‑66 west – Dulles Airport, Front Royal I-66 Exit 73
SR 124 north (Spout Run Parkway) / Kirkwood Road south
Rosslyn I‑66 west – Dulles Airport, Front Royal I-66 Exit 74; southbound exit to and northbound exit from I-66
I‑66 east / Fort Myer Drive south – Washington I-66 Exit 74; northbound exit to and southbound exit from I-66
G.W. Pkwy. to I‑495 No southbound entrance
248.00 399.12 US 29 north – Washington Northern terminus of US 29 in Virginia; District of Columbia boundary on the Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac River
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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U.S. Route 29
Previous state:
North Carolina
Virginia Next state:
District of Columbia