Virginia State Route 8

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For the former State Route 8, see State Route 8 (Virginia 1918-1923).

State Route 8 marker

State Route 8
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 55.88 mi[1] (89.93 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
South end: NC 8 near Palmetto
 

US 58 in Stuart
SR 40 in Woolwine
US 221 in Floyd

I‑81 in Christiansburg
North end: US 11 in Christiansburg
Location
Counties: Patrick, Floyd, Montgomery
Highway system
SR 7 SR 9

Virginia State Route 8 (SR 8) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 55.88 miles (89.93 km) from the North Carolina state line near Palmetto, where the highway continues south as North Carolina Highway 8 (NC 8), north to U.S. Route 11 (US 11) in Christiansburg. SR 8 is the main north–south highway of Patrick County, Floyd County, and southern Montgomery County, connecting their respective county seats of Stuart, Floyd, and Christiansburg with each other and with the Blue Ridge Parkway. The state highway also links the New River Valley region of Virginia with Southside Virginia via US 58 and the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina via NC 8.

Route description[edit]

SR 8 begins at the North Carolina state line near Palmetto. The road continues south as NC 8, which passes through Lawsonville on its way to Winston-Salem. SR 8 heads northwest as Salem Highway, which meets the eastern end of SR 103 (Dry Pond Highway) in Five Forks. The state highway enters the town of Stuart by crossing the South Fork Mayo River. SR 8 follows Patrick Street north to Blue Ridge Street, onto which the state highway turns west and joins US 58 Business in a concurrency through the downtown area. Northwest of the town, SR 8 joins US 58 (Jeb Stuart Highway) north through a narrow creek valley to Cruzes Store.[1][2]

SR 8 continues northeast as Woolwine Highway through narrow creek valleys to an intersection with SR 57 (Fairystone Park Highway) near Buffalo Ridge. The state highway crosses the Smith River shortly before meeting the west end of SR 40 (Charity Highway) in Woolwine. East of Rocky Knob, the namesake of an American Viticultural Area, SR 8 curvaceously ascends Blue Ridge Mountain to the Eastern Continental Divide at Tuggle Gap. At the gap, the state highway enters Floyd County and has an interchange with the Blue Ridge Parkway.[1][2]

SR 8 continues north as Parkway Lane to the county seat of Floyd, where the highway follows Locust Street and intersects US 221 (Main Street). The state highway traverses the West Fork of the Little River and climbs over Wills Ridge south of the confluence of the rivers West and East forks. SR 8 crosses over the main stem of the river at the Montgomery county line, where the highway continues as Riner Road through the village of Riner in the Union Valley. The state highway enters the town of Christiansburg at its diamond interchange with Interstate 81. SR 8 follows Main Street to its northern terminus at US 11. US 11 heads west as Radford Street and north as Main Street to the center of the town.[1][2]

History[edit]

SR 8 was included in the initial 1918 state highway system as part of State Route 23, which continued north to West Virginia via present U.S. Route 460.[3] In the 1933 renumbering, SR 23 was renumbered State Route 8 because the number was used by U.S. Route 23. The short piece west from Rich Creek to West Virginia became part of U.S. Route 219 by 1937,[4] and U.S. Route 460 replaced the entire route north of Christiansburg by 1947.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Patrick Palmetto 0.00 0.00 NC 8 south – Lawsonville Southern terminus; North Carolina state line
Five Forks 5.08 8.18 SR 103 west (Dry Pond Highway) – Claudville
Stuart 9.25 14.89
US 58 Bus. east (Blue Ridge Street) – Martinsville
South end of concurrency with US 58 Business
10.76 17.32
US 58 Bus. / US 58 east (Jeb Stuart Highway) – Martinsville
North end of concurrency with US 58 Business; south end of concurrency with US 58
Cruzes Store 12.77 20.55 US 58 west (Jeb Stuart Highway) – Meadows of Dan North end of concurrency with US 58
Buffalo Ridge 16.66 26.81 SR 57 east (Fairystone Park Highway) – Fairy Stone State Park
Woolwine 22.88 36.82 SR 40 east (Charity Highway) – Rocky Mount
Floyd   Blue Ridge Parkway Interchange
Floyd 35.32 56.84 US 221 (Main Street) – Hillsville, Roanoke
Montgomery Christiansburg 55.11 88.69 I‑81 – Roanoke, Wytheville I-81 Exit 114
55.88 89.93 US 11 (Radford Street/Main Street) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Google Inc. "Virginia State Route 8". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Chamberlayne+Ave&daddr=US-301+S%2FVA-2+S%2FRichmond+Turnpike+to:Caroline+St&hl=en&ll=37.957192,-77.395935&spn=1.024308,2.469177&sll=37.601482,-77.446661&sspn=0.008041,0.01929&geocode=FZTCPQIdRjRi-w%3BFczZQwId2PVj-w%3BFVx3SAIduA9i-w&mra=ls&t=h&z=9. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Highway Commission (November 9, 1937) (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission of Virginia (Report). Richmond, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-11-1937-01.pdf., page 18
  5. ^ State Highway Commission (October 30, 1947) (PDF). Minutes of the Meeting of the State Highway Commission (Report). Lexington, VA: Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.virginiadot.org/meetings/minutes_pdf/CTB-10-1947-02.pdf., page 5

External links[edit]

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