U.S. Route 52 in Virginia

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 52 in Virginia. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 52.

U.S. Route 52 marker

U.S. Route 52
Route information
Maintained by VADOT
Length: 85 mi (137 km)
Existed: mid-1930s – present
Major junctions
South end: US 52 near Mount Airy, NC
  US 58 in Hillsville
US 21 in Wytheville
North end: I‑77 / US 52 near Bluefield, WV
Highway system
SR 51 SR 53

U.S. Route 52 in Virginia runs north–south through the southwestern part of the state along the Interstate 77 corridor. Though an even numbered U.S. Route, it is signed north-south in Virginia (standard convention being to label even numbered U.S. Routes with east-west designations). In some other states along its route, it is signed east-west. The Virginia segment is signed such that U.S. 52 north corresponds to the general westward direction of the highway, and visa-versa.

Route description[edit]

U.S. 52 enters Virginia from West Virginia, and in Virginia closely follows Interstate 77. It enters southwestern Virginia near Bluefield and passes through Wytheville and Hillsville before leaving the state south of Cana.


The piece of US 52 south of Fort Chiswell was part of the state highway system defined in 1918.[1] It was initially designated State Route 12-Z, at least south of Hillsville,[2] but by 1924 it was State Route 15.[3] In 1926, the U.S. Route 121 designation was applied to the whole length of SR 15, from North Carolina to Fort Chiswell, but it did not turn west on U.S. Route 11 at Fort Chiswell to connect to U.S. Route 21.[4][5]

An extension of SR 15 from Fort Chiswell north to Max Meadows was added to the state highway system in 1931.[6] In the 1933 renumbering, SR 15 was dropped from the US 121 concurrency, while the short extension to Max Meadows became State Route 121.

US 121 was absorbed by an extension of US 52 by 1935. US 52 was extended through West Virginia and along U.S. Route 21 to Wytheville and U.S. Route 11 to Fort Chiswell, where it replaced US 121 into North Carolina.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[8] km Destinations Notes
Carroll   US 52 south – Mt. Airy North Carolina state line
Fancy Gap Blue Ridge Pkwy. interchange
  9.42 15.16 SR 148 west (Chances Creek Road) to I‑77 / SR 775 – Wytheville, Charlotte
Hillsville US 58 interchange
16.43 26.44
US 58 Bus. / US 221 (Stuart Drive) to SR 100 / I‑77 – Galax, Floyd
Wythe Poplar Camp SR 69 west (Lead Mine Road) to I‑77 – Austinville, Hillsville, Charlotte
Farmers Store SR 94 south (Ivanhoe Road) – Ivanhoe, Fries, Big Survey Wildlife Management Area
Fort Chiswell 34.67 55.80 I‑77 south / I‑81 north / US 11 north / SR 121 north (Max Meadows Road) – Max Meadows, Charlotte, NC, Roanoke south end of I-77 / I-81 / US 11 overlap; US 52 south follows exit 80
  SR F042 (Chapman Road) / SR F043 (East Lee Highway) I-81 exit 77
Wytheville 40.28 64.82 US 11 south – Wytheville I-81 exit 73; north end of US 11 overlap
41.57 66.90 I‑77 north – Bluefield, Charleston, WV I-81 exit 72; north end of I-77 overlap
43.56 70.10 I‑81 south / US 21 south (North 4th Street) – Bristol, Wytheville, Wytheville Community College north end of I-81 overlap; US 52 north follows exit 70
Favonia SR 680 (Black Lick Road) – Rural Retreat former SR 90 south
Bland   59.62 95.95 SR 42 west (West Blue Grass Trail) – Broadford, Saltville south end of SR 42 overlap
  63.59 102.34 I‑77 – Bluefield, Wytheville I-77 exit 52
Bland SR 98 south (Main Street) / SR 1007 (Jefferson Street) – Bland CH
64.50 103.80 SR 42 east (East Blue Grass Trail) – Poplar Hill north end of SR 42 overlap
  77.27 124.35 SR 61 west (Clear Fork Creek Road) – Tazewell south end of SR 61 overlap
  77.33 124.45 I‑77 – Bluefield, Wytheville I-77 exit 64
Rocky Gap 77.73 125.09 SR 61 east (Wolf Creek Highway) – Narrows north end of SR 61 overlap
  79.92 128.62 I‑77 south / SR 598 north – Bluefield, Wytheville south end of I-77 overlap; US 52 south follows exit 66
  80.62 129.75 I‑77 north / US 52 north – Beckley West Virginia state line (East River Mountain Tunnel through East River Mountain)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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  1. ^ State Highway Commission (July 5, 1922) (PDF). Minutes of the First Meeting of the State Highway Commission Created Under the Acts of 1922 (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-07-1922-01.pdf., Proposed "State Highway System" for Virginia, as Recommended by the State Roads Committee, January 1918
  2. ^ State Highway Commission (November 8–11, 1922) (PDF). Minutes of the Fifth Meeting of the State Highway Commission (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-11-1922-01.pdf., page 11
  3. ^ State Highway Commission (April 10–11, 1924) (PDF). Minutes of Meeting (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-04-1924-01.pdf., pages 12-13
  4. ^ United States System of Highways, November 11, 1926
  5. ^ United States Numbered Highways, American Highways, April 1927
  6. ^ State Highway Commission (July 24–25, 1931) (PDF). Minutes of Meeting (Report). Virginia Beach, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-07-1931-01.pdf., page 70
  7. ^ Richard F. Weingroff, U.S. 52 Charleston, South Carolina, to Portal, North Dakota
  8. ^ "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Carroll County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
    "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Wythe County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
    "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Bland County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 

U.S. Route 52
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