Virginia State Route 175
|Maintained by VDOT|
|Length:||10.49 mi (16.88 km)|
|Existed:||1933 – present|
|West end:||US 13 at Nash Corner|
|East end:||Main Street & Maddox Boulevard in Chincoteague|
Virginia State Route 175 (SR 175) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known as Chincoteague Road, the state highway runs 10.49 miles (16.88 km) from U.S. Route 13 (US 13) at Nash Corner east to Main Street in Chincoteague. SR 175 passes through the northeastern corner of Accomack County, providing the primary access to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and both Chincoteague Island and the Virginia portion of Assateague Island.
SR 175 begins at an intersection with US 13 (Lankford Highway) at Nash Corner 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the Maryland state line. The state highway heads east as a two-lane road toward Wattsville, where the highway intersects SR 798 (Mill Dam Road) and crosses over Wallops Pond, an impoundment of Wattsville Branch of Mosquito Creek, onto Wallops Island. SR 175 heads east, intersecting SR 798 (Atlantic Avenue) again, then curves north through Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge and around NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, a rocket launch site operated as a subsidiary of Goddard Space Flight Center. While heading north parallel to one of the flight facility's runways, the state highway passes the NASA Visitor Center. SR 175 curves to the east as it passes the main entrance to the flight facility.
SR 175 heads east onto the John B. Whealton Memorial Causeway between the mainland and Chincoteague Island. The causeway passes over marshland adjacent to the southern end of Chincoteague Bay and includes bridges over Mosquito Creek, Cockle Creek, Queen Sound Channel, and Wire Narrows. A fifth bridge, which opened in October 2010, curves to the north and then east around the northern end of Marsh Island to cross Black Narrows and Chincoteague Channel onto Chincoteague Island. The bridge has a bascule span over Chincoteague Channel and lands on Chincoteague Island north of the downtown area. Marsh Island is served by a connector bridge that meets SR 175 over Black Narrows. The new bridge replaces a pair of bridges that continued straight east along the causeway's alignment across Marsh Island and through a swing bridge to downtown Chincoteague. SR 175 reaches its eastern terminus at Main Street in the town of Chincoteague. The roadway continues east as Maddox Boulevard toward Assateague Island.
The entire route is in Accomack County.
|Nash Corner||0.00||US 13 (Lankford Highway) – Norfolk, Salisbury||Western terminus|
|John B. Whealton Memorial Causeway – Chincoteague Bay|
|Chincoteague||10.49||Main Street & Maddox Boulevard east - Assateague Island||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Accomack County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- Google Inc. "Virginia State Route 175". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=VA-175+E%2FChincoteague+Rd&daddr=Chincoteague+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FVQCQwIdkFl_-w%3BFZTgQgIdkO2B-w&mra=ls&sll=37.935804,-75.367713&sspn=0.007768,0.01929&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=12. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
- "Chincoteague Bridge Replacement". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
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