Virginia State Route 83

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For the former State Route 83, see State Route 83 (Virginia 1933-1940).

State Route 83 marker

State Route 83
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 61.71 mi[1] (99.31 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
West end:
US 23 Bus. in Pound

SR 72 in Clintwood
SR 63 in Clinchco
SR 80 in Haysi

US 460 in Grundy
East end: WV 83 in Paynesville
Counties: Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan
Highway system
SR 82 SR 84

Virginia State Route 83 (SR 83) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 61.71 miles (99.31 km) from U.S. Route 23 Business (US 23 Business) in Pound east to the West Virginia state line in Paynesville, where the highway continues as West Virginia Route 83 (WV 83). SR 83 is the main highway of Dickenson County, where it connects the county's three towns of Clintwood, Clinchco, and Haysi. The state highway connects those towns with Pound in Wise County and Grundy in Buchanan County, and connects Grundy with McDowell County, West Virginia.

Route description[edit]

SR 83 begins at an intersection with US 23 Business (Main Street) in the town of Pound. The state highway heads northeast as Clintwood Highway, a two-lane road that crosses the Pound River and exits the town. SR 83 passes through the hamlet of Meade before reaching the Wise–Dickenson county line at Georges Fork Gap, just east of which the highway intersects SR 361, the access road to Red Onion State Prison. The state highway continues as Dickenson Highway through an intersection with SR 72 (Coeburn Road) to Clintwood, the county seat of Dickenson County. SR 83 enters the town on Main Street, turns onto Mullins Avenue, then continues on Fremont Avenue, which has a sharp curve as it ascends Baker Ridge and leaves the town. The state highway re-assumes the name Dickenson Highway and descends to and crosses the Cranes Nest River. SR 83 summits Hill Ridge at Bearpen Gap before descending to the hamlet of Fremont, where the highway crosses over CSX's Kingsport Subdivision and the McClure River and intersects SR 63 (Dante Mountain Road).[1][2]

SR 83 runs concurrently with SR 63 and parallels the river and railroad to the town of Clinchco. At the north end of the town, the two state highways diverge for separate routes to Haysi. SR 63 ascends onto and follows Big Ridge to the town while SR 83 follows the Kingsport Subdivision and the McClure River to the town. On arriving in the town of Haysi, SR 83 veers east away from the river and railroad and crosses Russell Fork to intersect SR 80 (Helen Henderson Highway). The two highways head north into the center of town on Sandlick Drive, which crosses Russell Prater Creek at its confluence with Russell Fork and meets the northern end of SR 63 (Main Street). SR 83 and SR 80 turn east onto Main Street and follow Russell Prater Creek to the north end of town, where SR 80 heads north as Breaks Park Road. SR 83 continues east as Dickenson Highway along the creek into Buchanan County.[1][2]

SR 83 follows Russell Prater Creek to the hamlet of Prater, then follows War Fork to its source at Lovers Gap. The state highway follows Big Lick Branch and Big Prater Creek and passes to the south of Grundy Municipal Airport on its way to Vansant. There, SR 83 crosses Levisa Fork and joins US 460 on a four-lane undivided highway through Tookland and Royal City to the town of Grundy, which the two highways enter on Riverside Drive. In the center of the Buchanan County seat, SR 83 turns east onto Edgewater Drive and passes by the Buchanan County Courthouse and the Appalachian School of Law. The state highway exits Grundy on Slate Creek Road, which follows Slate Creek through the hamlet of Stacy. Near the source of Slate Creek, SR 83 veers north and ascends to the top of State Line Ridge, where the highway reaches its eastern terminus at the West Virginia state line in Paynesville. The road continues as WV 83, which parallels the state line through the West Virginia section of Paynesville before descending from the ridge to Bradshaw.[1][2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Wise Pound 0.00 0.00
US 23 Bus. (Main Street) – Norton, Jenkins, North Fork of Pound Lake
Dickenson Georges Fork Gap 3.57 5.75 SR 361 south – Red Onion State Prison
Georges Fork 7.48 12.04 SR 72 south (Coeburn Road) – Coeburn Northern terminus of SR 72
Fremont 15.52 24.98 SR 63 south (Dante Mountain Road) – McClure, St. Paul West end of concurrency with SR 63
Clinchco 20.46 32.93 SR 63 north (Big Ridge Road) – John W. Flannagan Dam & Reservoir East end of concurrency with SR 63
Haysi 26.69 42.95 SR 80 east (Sandlick Drive) – Honaker West end of concurrency with SR 80
27.03 43.50 SR 63 south (Haysi Main Street) – John Flannagan Dam Northern terminus of SR 63
28.12 45.25 SR 80 west (Breaks Park Road) – Breaks Interstate Park, Elkhorn City East end of concurrency with SR 80
Buchanan Vansant 41.96 67.53 US 460 east (Riverside Drive) – Richlands West end of concurrency with US 460
Grundy 45.91 73.88 US 460 west (Riverside Drive) – Pikeville East end of concurrency with US 460
Paynesville 61.71 99.31 WV 83 east – Yukon West Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b c Google (2011-10-17). "Virginia State Route 83". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing

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