U.S. Route 501 in Virginia
|Maintained by VDOT|
|Length:||111.42 mi (179.31 km)|
|South end:||US 501 near Cluster Springs|
SR 96 in Cluster Springs
|North end:||US 60 in Buena Vista|
|Counties:||Halifax, Campbell, City of Lynchburg, Bedford, Amherst, Rockbridge, City of Buena Vista|
U.S. Route 501 (US 501) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that runs from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Buena Vista, Virginia. In Virginia, the U.S. Highway runs 111.42 miles (179.31 km) from the North Carolina state line near Cluster Springs north to its northern terminus at US 60 in Buena Vista. US 501 is the primary highway between Lynchburg and both South Boston in Southside Virginia and Durham in North Carolina's Research Triangle. North of Lynchburg, the highway parallels the James River through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley.
North Carolina to Lynchburg
US 501 enters Halifax County, Virginia south of Cluster Springs. The U.S. Highway is a two-lane road at the North Carolina state line but immediately expands to a four-lane divided highway named Huell Matthews Highway. US 501 parallels the Mayo River north to the hamlet of Mayo, where the highway meets the western end of SR 96 (Virgilina Road) and crosses the Hyco River. The U.S. Highway passes through Cluster Springs to the community of Riverdale just south of South Boston. US 501 becomes an undivided highway and intersects US 58 and US 360, which together head west as Philpott Road and east as Bill Tuck Highway. US 501 crosses the Dan River into the town of South Boston. Just north of the river, the highway has a grade crossing of Norfolk Southern Railway's Danville–Richmond rail line and splits into a one-way pair: Broad Street northbound and Main Street southbound. Both directions intersect SR 304 (Seymour Drive). When Main Street veers northeast as two-way SR 129, southbound US 501 continues on two-way Wilborn Avenue to the northern end of the one-way pair.
US 501 continues through South Boston on Wilborn Avenue, a five-lane road with center turn lane. The U.S. Highway becomes four-lane divided Halifax Road at Hamilton Boulevard. US 501 receives the northern end of SR 129 (Old Halifax Road) shortly before leaving the town of South Boston. The U.S. Highway enters the town of Halifax and becomes Main Street, a three-lane road with center turn lane, at its grade crossing of Norfolk Southern's Durham District. US 501 continues to the county courthouse, where the highway intersects the very short SR 349 (Edmunds Boulevard) and SR 360 (Mountain Road), which runs concurrently with the U.S. Highway through the northern part of the town. The two highways diverge: SR 360 heads northeast as Bethel Road and US 501 heads northwest as two-lane L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway. which crosses Banister Lake, an impoundment of the Banister River, as it leaves the town of Halifax.
US 501 passes through Volens and Acorn on its way to the hamlet of North Halifax, where the highway begins to run concurrently with SR 40 (Stage Coach Road). The highways cross the Roanoke River into the town of Brookneal in Campbell County and pass under Norfolk Southern's Altavista District rail line. The highways continue as Lusardi Drive to Lynchburg Avenue in the center of town; SR 40 turns southeast while US 501 turns north west onto the street just north of the highways' grade crossing of the Durham District rail line. US 501 leaves the town as Brookneal Highway, which parallels the rail line through the communities of Naruna and Gladys on its way to Rustburg, the county seat of Campbell County. The U.S. Highway intersects SR 24 (Colonial Highway) at the southern edge of the village. The highways have a short concurrency before SR 24 continues east as Village Highway and US 501 heads northwest as Campbell Highway. North of Rustburg, US 501 expands to a four-lane divided highway into the independent city of Lynchburg, where the highway meets US 29 and US 460 (Richmond Highway) at a partial cloverleaf interchange. US 501 Business and US 460 Business head straight on Campbell Avenue while US 501 joins the freeway heading southwest.
Lynchburg to Buena Vista
US 501 runs concurrently with US 29 and US 460 southwest along the northern slope of Candlers Mountain to a full Y interchange where US 501 heads northwest from the freeway. The U.S. Highway has an intersection with SR 128 (Mayflower Drive) and Candlers Mountain Road just east of the highway's crossing of Norfolk Southern's Danville District. SR 128 joins US 501 on Candlers Mountain Road between the intersection and the highway's cloverleaf interchange with US 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway). US 501 exits onto the expressway while SR 128 continues west to its terminus. US 501 and US 29 Business head southwest along the freeway until the business route exits onto Wards Road to head toward Danville. US 501 curves northwest and has a cloverleaf interchange with US 460 Business (Timberlake Road), crosses Norfolk Southern's Blue Ridge District, and has a diamond interchange with Graves Mill Road. The freeway ends at US 221 (Lakeside Drive). US 501 heads north along Old Forest Road as a five-lane road with center turn lane before turning onto a two-lane segment of the Lynchburg Expressway. This segment has a partial cloverleaf interchange with Wiggington Road before ending at US 501 Business (Boonsboro Road).
US 501 heads northwest on two-lane Boonsboro Road, which becomes Lee Jackson Highway when it exits the city of Lynchburg into Bedford County. The U.S. Highway curvaceously crosses Fleming Mountain and descends into the James River gorge at Coleman Falls. US 501 follows the south bank of the river through Big Island, where the highway meets the northern end of SR 122 (Big Island Highway) and has an interchange with the Blue Ridge Parkway. North of Big Island, the U.S. Highway crosses the river and immediately intersects SR 130 (Elon Road) on the Amherst County side. The two highways have a curvaceous crossing of the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains before descending to the town of Glasgow at the mouth of the Maury River. The two routes follow the river upstream a short distance before SR 130 (Wert Faulkner Highway) crosses the river into the town. US 501, now named Glasgow Highway, parallels the river and Norfolk Southern's Roanoke District rail line north to the city of Buena Vista, which the highway enters as Magnolia Avenue. South of the downtown area, US 501 veers onto Sycamore Street while US 501 Business continues along Magnolia Avenue. At 22nd Street, the U.S. Highway veers onto Beech Avenue, which receives the northern end of US 501 Business (Park Avenue) west of Southern Virginia University. Two blocks to the north, US 501 reaches its northern terminus at US 60 (29th Street).
|Halifax||0.00||0.00||US 501 south – Roxboro||Southern terminus of US 501 in Virginia; North Carolina state line|
|2.46||3.96||SR 96 east (Virgilina Road) – Virgilina|
|South Boston (Riverdale)||10.94||17.61||
US 58 / US 360 / US 501 Truck north (Bill Tuck Highway) – Danville, Clarksville, Richmond, South Hill
|South Boston||11.56||18.60||SR 304 east (Seymour Drive)|
|11.78||18.96||SR 129 north (North Main Street)|
|Edmunds Street||former SR 152|
US 501 Truck south (Hamilton Boulevard)
|South Boston (Centerville)||14.62||23.53||SR 129 south (Old Halifax Road) / SR 884 west (Powell Road) – South Boston|
|Halifax||16.92||27.23||SR 360 west (Mountain Road)||South end of concurrency with SR 360|
|17.70||28.49||SR 360 east (Bethel Road) – Crystal Hill, Richmond||North end of concurrency with SR 360|
|Volens||SR 603 (Cody Road) – Republican Grove, Cody||former SR 126 north|
|North Halifax||38.25||61.56||SR 40 west (Stage Coach Road) / SR 632 east (Hog Wallow Road) – Gretna||South end of concurrency with SR 40|
|Campbell||Brookneal||40.07||64.49||SR 40 east (Lynchburg Avenue) – Charlotte CH, Patrick Henry Boys Home||North end of concurrency with SR 40|
|Gladys||SR 652 (Pigeon Run Road) / SR 761 (Long Island Road) – Long Island, Altavista||former SR 126 south|
|Rustburg||59.59||95.90||SR 24 west (Colonial Highway) to US 29 – Roanoke||South end of concurrency with SR 24|
|60.51||97.38||SR 24 east (Village Highway) – Concord||North end of concurrency with SR 24|
|City of Lynchburg||68.47||110.19||
US 29 north / US 460 east / US 460 Bus. west / US 501 Bus. north (Campbell Avenue) – Charlottesville, Appomattox, Washington
|interchange; south end of concurrency with US 29 and US 460|
|70.83||113.99||US 29 south / US 460 west – Roanoke, Danville||interchange; north end of concurrency with US 29 and US 460|
|71.42||114.94||SR 128 east (Mayflower Drive) / SR 670 south (Candlers Mountain Road) – Liberty University||South end of concurrency with SR 128|
US 29 Bus. north (Lynchburg Expressway) / SR 128 west (Candlers Mountain Road) – Charlottesville
|interchange; north end of concurrency with SR 128; south end of concurrency with US 29 Business; south end of freeway; US 501 south follows exit 8B|
US 29 Bus. south – Danville
|north end of concurrency with US 29 Business|
US 460 Bus. (Timberlake Road / Fort Avenue)
|signed as exits 10A (east) and 10B (west)|
|74.88||120.51||11||Graves Mill Road||former SR 126|
|to Breezewood Drive||southbound access only|
|76.12||122.50||US 221 (Lakeside Drive) – Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Lynchburg College||intersection; north end of freeway|
|Old Forest Road||former SR 291 north|
|77.66||124.98||Wiggington Road - Peaks View Park||interchange|
US 501 Bus. south (Boonsboro Road)
|Bedford||Big Island||91.28||146.90||SR 122 south (Big Island Highway) – Bedford|
|Blue Ridge Parkway||Interchange|
|Amherst||95.75||154.09||SR 130 east (Elon Road) – Lynchburg||South end of concurrency with SR 130|
|Rockbridge||102.12||164.35||SR 130 west (Wert Faulkner Highway) – Glasgow, Natural Bridge||North end of concurrency with SR 130|
|City of Buena Vista||110.52||177.86||
US 501 Bus. north (Magnolia Avenue)
US 501 Bus. south (Park Avenue)
|111.42||179.31||US 60 (29th Street) to I‑81||Northern terminus of US 501|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- Google (2011-10-04). "U.S. Route 501 in Virginia" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
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