Virginia State Route 24

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State Route 24 marker

State Route 24
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 89.57 mi[1] (144.15 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 221 / SR 116 in Roanoke
 

I-581 / US 220 in Roanoke
Blue Ridge Parkway near Vinton
SR 122 near Body Camp
SR 43 in Gillespie
US 29 in Yellow Branch
US 501 in Rustburg
US 460 in Concord

SR 26 in Appomattox
East end: US 60 in Mt. Rush
Location
Counties: City of Roanoke, Roanoke, Bedford, Campbell, Appomattox, Buckingham
Highway system
US 23 US 25

Virginia State Route 24 (SR 24) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 89.57 miles (144.15 km) from U.S. Route 221 (US 221) and SR 116 in Roanoke east to US 60 in Mt. Rush. SR 24 connects Roanoke with several small communities in southern Bedford County and central Campbell County. The state highway also runs concurrently with US 460 west of Appomattox and passes through Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, which is the site of Robert E. Lee's final stand and surrender in the American Civil War.

Route description[edit]

SR 24 begins at an intersection with US 221 and SR 116 at the southern edge of downtown Roanoke. SR 116 runs north–south along Jefferson Street; US 221 joins SR 116 north on Jefferson Street and heads west on two-lane Elm Street. SR 24 heads east along Elm Street, which becomes a four-lane divided boulevard at SR 24's terminus. The state highway intersects Williamson Road and crosses over a rail line before reaching the diamond interchange at the southern terminus of Interstate 581 (I-581). US 220 runs concurrently with I-581 north to I-81 and south solo as the Roy Webber Expressway toward Rocky Mount. East of I-581 and US 220, SR 24 splits into a one-way pair that follows Bullitt Avenue eastbound and Jamison Avenue westbound. The two directions come together at 13th Street to form four-lane divided Dale Avenue, along which the state highway crosses over a rail line and Tinker Creek to leave the city of Roanoke.[1][2]

SR 24 continues through the town of Vinton in Roanoke County as Virginia Avenue, which bypasses the center of town to the south. At Chestnut Street, the four-lane divided boulevard transitions onto Hardy Road; when Hardy Road continues east, SR 24 curves north as Bypass Road, which ends at Washington Avenue, the main street of Vinton. The state highway heads east along Washington Avenue to the town limit of Vinton at Wolf Creek. SR 24 has an interchange with the Blue Ridge Parkway at a low gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Stewart Knob and Chestnut Mountain immediately before the highway enters Bedford County, where its name changes to Stewartsville Road. The state highway remains a four-lane divided highway to just east of Stewartsville. SR 24 continues east as a two-lane road through the southern Bedford County community of Chamblissburg and Meads Store.[1][2]

SR 24 crosses Goose Creek shortly before intersecting SR 122 (Moneta Road) west of the hamlet of Body Camp. The state highway continues east as Shingle Block Road to its western intersection with SR 43 (Virginia Byway). SR 24 and SR 43 continue east along Glenwood Drive to their split at Gillespie, where SR 43 heads south as Leesville Road. SR 24 continues northeast as Wyatts Way, which enters Campbell County in the middle of its curvaceous course between its crossing of the Big Otter River and the village of Evington. The state highway, now named Colonial Highway, intersects US 29 (Wards Road) at Yellow Branch on its way to Rustburg, which sits at the southern end of Long Mountain. SR 24 runs concurrently through the county seat with US 501, which heads south as Brookneal Highway toward Brookneal and north as Campbell Highway toward Lynchburg.[1][2]

SR 24 continues northeast as Village Highway to Concord, where the state highway joins US 460 (Richmond Highway). The four-lane divided highway immediately enters Appomattox County, where the two highways pass through Spout Spring on their way to the county seat of Appomattox. US 460 and SR 24 have a diamond interchange with US 460 Business and the south end of SR 26 (Oakville Road) on the northwest side of the town. SR 24 and US 460 diverge at the following diamond interchange with Old Courthouse Road, which heads south toward the Appomattox Historic District as SR 131. SR 24 heads northeast as a two-lane road through Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, within which the highway crosses the headwaters of the Appomattox River. The state highway heads through the hamlet of Vera and passes through sections of Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest as the highway enters Buckingham County and becomes named Mt. Rush Highway. SR 24 passes through Sliders and crosses the upper reaches of the Slate River before reaching its eastern terminus at US 60 (James Anderson Highway) in Mt. Rush.[1][2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile
[1]
Destinations Notes
City of Roanoke 0.00 US 221 (Elm Avenue) / SR 116 (Jefferson Street) – Cave Spring, Burnt Chimney Western terminus
0.17 I-581 north / US 220 (Roy Webber Expressway) – Lexington, Salem, Rocky Mount I-581 Exit 6
Roanoke Vinton 5.46 Blue Ridge Parkway Interchange
Bedford Body Camp 22.89 SR 122 (Moneta Road) – Bedford, Rocky Mount
28.40 SR 43 north (Virginia Byway) – Bedford West end of concurrency with SR 43
Gillespie 30.98 SR 43 south (Leesville Road) – Altavista East end of concurrency with SR 43
Campbell Yellow Branch 47.31 US 29 (Wards Road) – Lynchburg, Danville
Rustburg 51.63 US 501 south (Brookneal Highway) – Brookneal West end of concurrency with US 501
52.55 US 501 north (Campbell Highway) – Lynchburg East end of concurrency with US 501
Concord 62.09 US 460 west (Richmond Highway) / SR 608 north (Stonewall Road) – Lynchburg, Bedford West end of concurrency with US 460
Appomattox Appomattox 69.99
US 460 Bus. east (Confederate Boulevard) / SR 26 north (Oakville Road) – Appomattox, Bent Creek
Diamond interchange
70.71 US 460 east (Richmond Highway) / SR 131 south (Old Courthouse Road) – Farmville, Petersburg, Appomattox Diamond interchange; east end of concurrency with US 460; northern terminus of SR 131
Buckingham Mt. Rush 89.57 US 60 (James Anderson Highway) – Buckingham, Richmond, Lexington Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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