Interstate 85 in Virginia
|Maintained by VDOT|
|Length:||68.64 mi (110.47 km)|
|South end:||I‑85 near Bracey|
|US 460 near Petersburg|
|North end:||I‑95 / US 460 in Petersburg|
|Counties:||Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Dinwiddie, City of Petersburg|
Interstate 85 (I-85) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Montgomery, Alabama to Petersburg, Virginia. In Virginia, the Interstate Highway runs 68.64 miles (110.47 km) from the North Carolina state line near Bracey north to I-95 in Petersburg. I-85 passes through the eastern part of Southside Virginia, where it parallels U.S. Route 1 (US 1) from Petersburg, where the highway runs concurrently with US 460, to south of South Hill, where the highway intersects Southside's major east–west highway, US 58. The Interstate Highway is the primary connection between the Richmond–Petersburg metropolitan area and the Research Triangle and other major metropolitan areas of North Carolina. Like all mainline Interstate Highways, I-85 is a part of the National Highway System for its entire length in Virginia.
I-85 enters Virginia in Mecklenburg County southwest of Bracey. The Interstate Highway continues southwest toward Henderson and Durham. Northbound I-85 has a welcome center before the highway crosses Lake Gaston, an impoundment of the Roanoke River, on a causeway and bridge before reaching an interchange with SR 903 at Bracey. The freeway passes through the town of South Hill, where the highway has a cloverleaf interchange with US 58 (Atlantic Avenue). US 58 serves as the major east–west highway of Southside Virginia; the U.S. Highway provides access to La Crosse, Brodnax, Lawrenceville, and Emporia to the east and Boydton and Clarksville to the west. US 58 leads to SR 47, which provides access to Chase City. North of the town of South Hill, I-85 has a junction with US 1 (Mecklenburg Avenue), which parallels the Interstate Highway from Henderson to Petersburg. The US 1 interchange also provides access to SR 138, which heads north toward Kenbridge.
North of US 1, I-85 enters Brunswick County just before the highway crosses the Meherrin River. The Interstate Highway has an interchange with SR 644 (Brunswick Drive) at Meredithville and a partial interchange with SR 46 (Christanna Highway) before the freeway crosses to the east side of US 1 (Boydton Plank Road) at an interchange southwest of the town of Alberta. The SR 46 and US 1 interchanges provide access to St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville and the Christanna campus of Southside Virginia Community College at the SR 46–US 1 intersection. Northeast of Alberta, I-85 has rest areas in both directions and interchanges with SR 630 (Sturgeon Road) at Sturgeonville and SR 712 (Old Stage Road) near Rawlings.
I-85 crosses the Nottoway River into Dinwiddie County southwest of its interchanges with SR 40 (McKenney Highway) near the town of McKenney and SR 650 (Hamilton Arms Road) at DeWitt. The Interstate Highway serves Dinwiddie via its partial cloverleaf interchange with SR 703 (Carson Road) just east of the county seat of Dinwiddie County and another pair of rest areas. The Dinwiddie interchange and the following interchange with US 460 (Cox Road) provide access to Virginia Motorsports Park. At the partial cloverleaf interchange with US 460, which also leads to Dinwiddie County Airport, the Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway start to run concurrently toward Petersburg. Both the US 460 interchange and the following partial cloverleaf junction with US 1 (Boydton Plank Road) provide access to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier at Pamplin Historical Park. East of US 1, the freeway curves to the east and changes from having a wide, forested median to a Jersey barrier separating the twin carriageways.
I-85 enters the city of Petersburg prior to its junction with Squirrel Level Road. South of downtown Petersburg, I-85 reaches its northern terminus at a trumpet interchange with I-95. The southern end of the interchange has a ramp from northbound I-85 to southbound I-95. Here, US 460 joins I-95 south through an interchange with US 301 (Crater Road), south of which the U.S. Highway separates from I-95 on its way to Norfolk. I-85 curves north and merges with I-95 (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike) in the direction of Richmond adjacent to the loop ramp from northbound I-95 to southbound I-85. Just before merging with northbound I-95, I-85 has its final exit, a ramp that leads to the one-way pair of eastbound Wythe Street and westbound Washington Street in Historic Old Towne Petersburg. Wythe Street leads to Petersburg National Battlefield; Fort Lee, which contains the Army Quartermaster Museum and Army Women's Museum; and the city of Hopewell via SR 36.
|Mecklenburg||||0.00||0.00||I‑85 south – Durham||North Carolina state line|
|Bracey||4.23||6.81||4||SR 903 – Bracey, Lake Gaston|
|South Hill||12.62||20.31||12||US 58 to SR 47 – South Hill, Chase City, Emporia, Norfolk||signed as exits 12A (east) and 12B (west)|
|15.34||24.69||15||US 1 – South Hill, Kenbridge|
|Brunswick||Meredithville||24.08||38.75||24||SR 644 – Meredithville|
|||27.09||43.60||27||SR 46 – Blackstone, Lawrenceville||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|||28.28||45.51||28||US 1 to SR 46 – Alberta, Lawrenceville|
|Sturgeonville||34.67||55.80||34||SR 630 – Warfield|
|||39.38||63.38||39||SR 712 – Rawlings||former SR 140|
|Dinwiddie||||42.52||68.43||42||SR 40 – McKenney|
|DeWitt||48.47||78.00||48||SR 650 – DeWitt|
|Dinwiddie||53.35||85.86||53||SR 703 – Dinwiddie||former SR 141|
|||61.87||99.57||61||US 460 west (US 460 Bus. east) – Blackstone, Lynchburg||south end of US 460 overlap|
|||63.64||102.42||63||US 1||signed as exits 63A (south) and 63B (north)|
|City of Petersburg||65.83||105.94||65||Squirrel Level Road|
|68.40||110.08||68||I‑95 south / US 460 east – Rocky Mount, NC, Norfolk||north end of US 460 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|69||Wythe Street / Washington Street (US 460 Bus.) – Historic Old Towne Petersburg||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|I‑95 north – Richmond, Washington, D.C.||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; national northern terminus; I-95 exit 51|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. 2002-10-31. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- National Highway System: Virginia (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. April 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Mecklenburg County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- Google (2011-05-28). "Interstate 85 in Virginia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Brunswick County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- "Daily Traffic Volume Estimates Jurisdiction Report: Dinwiddie County" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Interstate 85 in Virginia.|
- Virginia Highways Project: I-85
- Roads to the Future: I-85
- Virginia at AARoads: Interstate 85 north and Interstate 85 south