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Interstate 85 north

Interstate 85 North
The first northbound Interstate 85 reassurance marker posted within the state of Virginia. The Virginia state welcome center resides ahead. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Virginia Secondary 903 (Highway Nine O Three) intersects Interstate 85 at the Exit 4 diamond interchange near Bracey. The highway loops southwest from South Hill than east to Ebony along the northern fringes of Lake Gaston. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 enters the state of Virginia in southeast Mecklenburg County at Lake Gaston. The four-lane freeway utilizes a short causeway over the lake ahead of the Exit 4 interchange near Bracey. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at Virginia Secondary 903 (Highway Nine 0 Three). The highway travels 5.5 miles north Smiths Crossroads and 10.5 miles east to Ebony Road near Ebony. Virginia SSR 903 ends in South Hill ten miles to the north at junction U.S. 1 (Danville Street). Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
For awhile during the 1990s, VDOT began posting one-piece signs for reassurance and junction shield assemblies throughout southern Virginia. Many have been replaced, including this assembly posted for Interstate 85 north beyond Exit 4. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Much of Interstate 85 through Virginia features a forested median obscuring the view of the opposing carriageway. This northbound scene looks at a mileage sign posted nine miles out from South Hill. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Auxiliary guide sign for the Exit 12A off-ramp onto U.S. 58 eastbound at South Hill. U.S. 58 leaves South Hill for LaCrosse, Brodnax, and Lawrenceville on the 34-mile drive east to Emporia. Photo taken 06/01/12.

The one-mile guide sign for Exits 12A/B (U.S. 58) on Interstate 85 northbound was moved from a bridge mount at Rocky Branch Road to a ground level assembly.
U.S. 58 comprises an expressway from Exit 12 west to U.S. 1 along the south side of South Hill. The US highway merges with U.S. 1 three miles west of Interstate 85 for a four mile overlap southward. Photo taken 10/02/04. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 12B auxiliary guide sign for the U.S. 58 westbound destinations of Boydton and Clarksville. U.S. 58 skims the southern reaches of Virginia 28 miles between South Hill and Clarksville and 20 miles from there west to South Boston. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Drawing to within one half mile of the U.S. 58 cloverleaf interchange on Interstate 85 northbound. U.S. 58 relocated from Atlantic Street, Mecklenburg Avenue, and Danville Street to an expressway bypass of South Hill by November 4, 1999. The $35.1 million bypass tallies 5.2 miles in length between older sections of U.S. 58. An interchange exists with Virginia State Secondary 903 (Hill Street) along the four-lane limited access highway.1 Photo taken 06/01/11.
Traffic to U.S. 58 eastbound departs Interstate 85 northbound at Exit 12A. The former folded-diamond interchange was upgraded to a full cloverleaf in conjunction with the U.S. 58 Bypass project by 2000.1 U.S. 58 otherwise enters LaCrosse directly east of Interstate 85. The US route travels east from Emporia and the Interstate 95 corridor to Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach at its eastern terminus. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The overpasses that carry U.S. 58 over Interstate 85 were also rebuilt in conjunction with the South Hill Bypass project of 1998 to 2000.1 Exit 12B loops onto Atlantic Street westbound ahead of its split with U.S. 58 west (South Hill Bypass) and the northbound beginning of Virginia 47. Virginia 47 follows Atlantic Street through downtown South Hill en route to Chase City 22 miles west of town.
Again an overhead assembly attached to a bridge for Exit 12 was relocated to ground level. Photo taken 08/08/04. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Richmond joins Petersburg on this northbound mileage sign, 79 miles south of the capital city. Photos taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 1 threads downtown South Hill via Mecklenburg Avenue from Danville Street northward. The US highway continues northeast along Mecklenburg Avenue to junction Interstate 85 (Exit 15) on the northeast side of town. A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins U.S. 1 with Interstate 85. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Northbound on Interstate 85 at the Exit 15 off-ramp for U.S. 1 (Mecklenburg Avenue). U.S. 1 meets the southern terminus of Virginia 138 (Union Mill Road) just west of Interstate 85. The north-south highway ventures 17 miles north to Kenbridge and junction Virginia 40. U.S. 1 northbound enters the community of Cochran 14 miles to the east. Photo taken 08/08/04. Second photo taken 06/01/12. Third photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 turns northeast from South Hill to Alberta and Petersburg. The four-lane freeway retains a forested median throughout the stretch between the North Carolina state line and Petersburg. The nine mile stretch between Exit 15 and 24 is the longest exit less segment of the freeway in Virginia. Photos taken 06/22/05.
A short distance east of the Brunswick County line is the Interstate 85 northbound crossing of the Meherrin River. The Meherrin separates Luneburg and Mecklenburg Counties west of the Brunswick line. Interstate 85 does not nip the southeast corner of Luneburg County though. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Following the SSR 637 (Old Indian Road) overpass are truck weigh stations along both sides of Interstate 85. Photos taken 06/22/05.
Pictured here is the One mile southwest of the Exit 24 diamond interchange with Virginia 644 (Brunswick Drive) on Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia Secondary 644 (Brunswick Drive) reaches Meredithville one mile south of Interstate 85 at junction U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road). The state secondary route continues south from there six miles to U.S. 58 and 13 miles to White Plains. Northward, Brunswick Drive continues 5.5 miles to Virginia 46 (Christanna Highway) east of Danieltown. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 85 continues four miles across Great Creek to Alberta and 44 miles to Petersburg. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Virginia 46 (Christanna Highway) crosses paths with Interstate 85 at the Exit 27 half-diamond interchange near Cochran. The state highway serves the campus of St. Paul's College at Lawrenceville and the Christanna campus of Southside Virginia Community College. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Virginia 46 continues North Carolina 46 north into Virginia near Lake Gaston. The state highway reaches Brunswick seven miles north of the state line and Lawrenceville eight miles north of Brunswick. After a one mile overlap with U.S. 58 Business at Lawrenceville, the state highway turns northwest eight miles to Cochran and Interstate 85. Use Virginia 46 northbound for Blackstone and Fort Pickett. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
The one-mile guide sign for the second U.S. 1 interchange in Virginia (Exit 28) is posted below the Virginia 46 over crossing at Exit 27. U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) shifts from south of Interstate 85 to north of Interstate 85 between Cochran and Alberta (pop. 306). The highway comprises a four-lane divided highway between Virginia 46 (Christanna Highway) and junction Virginia 136 (Second Avenue). Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) junctions with Interstate 85 via a diamond interchange at Exit 28 one half mile southwest of Alberta. Boydton Plank Road continues U.S. 1 northeast 4.6 miles to Warfield and Sturgeonville parallel to Interstate 85. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Posted near the Prestwood Road overpass (SSR 646) is the next northbound shield and mileage sign for Interstate 85. The Warfield exit follows in five miles. Photo taken 06/01/12. Second photo taken 06/22/05.
Northbound and southbound rest areas are situated along Interstate 85 east of Alberta. These facilities closed during the 2008 VDOT budget cuts but reopened, along with the Dinwiddie I-85 rest areas, in April 2010. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Virginia Secondary 630 (Sturgeon Road) stems southeast from U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) to Interstate 85 at Exit 34. A diamond interchange joins the surface highway with the freeway. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Northbound at the Virginia State Secondary 630 (Sturgeon Road) off-ramp at Exit 34. Virginia State Secondary 630 sinks eight mile southward to Old State Road two miles north of Edgerton and junction U.S. 58 (Governor Harrison Parkway). Photo taken 08/08/04. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Leaving the area of Sturgeonville, Interstate 85 angles northeast three miles to the Rawlings exit and 33 miles to the terminus at Petersburg. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Old Stage Road (Virginia Secondary 712) interchanges with Interstate 85 at Exit 39. The north-south roadway ends nearby at U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) near the northeastern edge of Brunswick County. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Virginia State Secondary 712 diamond interchange (Exit 39). The community of Rawlings lies 3.3 miles west via U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) and Rawlings Road. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Nottoway River separates Brunswick and Dinwiddie County along Interstate 85 northbound. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Reassurance shield for Interstate 85 north posted between the Nottoway River and the SR 644 (Cutbank Church Road) over crossing. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The first of five Dinwiddie interchanges serves the community of McKenney three miles ahead. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One mile south of the Virginia 40 (McKenney Highway) diamond interchange on Interstate 85 northbound. Virginia 40 becomes Doyle Boulevard west of Exit 42 as it enters the town of McKenney. From there the state highway turns northwest ten miles to Darvills and 20 miles to Blackstone through Fort Pickett. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Exit 42 guide sign on Interstate 85 northbound at Virginia 40 (McKenney Highway). Virginia 40 travels east 19 miles from Interstate 85 to junction U.S. 301 and Interstate 95 at Stoney Creek. The state highway turns northeast from there to Sussex, Homeville, and Waverly. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Nearing the crossing of Buckskin Creek, Interstate 85 sees this northbound shield and mileage sign posted 26 miles southwest of Petersburg. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 nears the community of DeWitt at the Exit 48 interchange with Virginia State Secondary 650 (Hamilton Arms Road). The community lies at the junction of Hamilton Arms Road and U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) just west of the freeway. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Exit 48 diamond interchange with Virginia State Secondary 650 (Hamilton Arms Road). Hamilton Arms Road becomes Hawkins Church Road at Gateswood Road two miles east of Interstate 85. The settlement of Hamilton lies nearby. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 continues 22 miles northeast to Petersburg. Dinwiddie is reached next, but the freeway passes the county seat before providing an interchange. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Use Exit 53 for the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie. The facility is known as one of the top drag race strips in the U.S.
Additionally tourists bound for Petersburg National Battlefield's Five Forks Unit should use Exit 53. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Virginia Secondary 703 (Carson Road) intersects Interstate 85 at a partial-cloverleaf interchange near Dinwiddie. Courthouse Road (Virginia Secondary 619) stems southeast from U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) and Dinwiddie to Hardiways Mill Road over Interstate 85 at the one-mile guide sign for Exit 53. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Dinwiddie County seat of Dinwiddie and Exit 53 (Virginia State Secondary 703). 12 miles to the east is Carson via Virginia State Secondary 703. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 spans Little Cattail Creek ahead of this northbound reassurance marker. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Virginia Secondary 605 (Hunnicut Road) passes over Interstate 85 north, one half mile south of a pair of rest areas serving both directions of the freeway. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 460 west overtakes Cox Road from Virginia 226 west near Dinwiddie County Airport three miles to Sutherland and 30 miles to Blackstone and Fort Pickett. U.S. 460 constitutes a four-lane corridor between Petersburg, Farmville, Lynchburg, and Roanoke in south central Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 61 departs Interstate 85 north for U.S. 460 (Airport Street) west and U.S. 460 Business east to junction U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north & U.S. 460 east
Cox Road ends at U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) adjacent to the Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Use either Exit 61 for Cox Road east or Exit 63A for U.S. 1 south to the attraction. Photo taken 06/22/05.
U.S. 460 eastbound merges onto Interstate 85 northbound at the Exit 61 partial-cloverleaf interchange west of Petersburg. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The final mileage sign for Interstate 85, posted seven miles west of downtown Petersburg. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) junctions with Interstate 85 at a six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange west of Petersburg. The US highway crosses paths with Interstate 85 for the final time at Exit 63 before it turns eastward into downtown Petersburg. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 63A departs Interstate 85 northbound for U.S. 1 south to Virginia 142 (Simpson Road) eastbound. Portions of the Petersburg National Battlefield are accessible via U.S. 1 southbound to Hofheimer Way and Church Road. Included there is Fort Fisher, Fort Conahey, Fort Welsh, and Fort Gregg among other former military installations. The US route otherwise intersects Cox Road (former U.S. 460) 1.5 miles to the west. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Exit 63B loop ramp onto U.S. 1 northbound. Not displayed here is U.S. 460 Business and its overlap with U.S. 1 northbound into Petersburg. The pair enter the independent city of Petersburg 1.75 miles to the northeast along Washington Street. U.S. 460 Business returns to U.S. 460 via Crater Road (U.S. 301) at Interstate 95 Exit 50C/D. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound & U.S. 460 eastbound cutout markers posted on the freeway between junction U.S. 1 (Exit 63) and the Seventh Avenue under crossing west of Petersburg. Cutouts for U.S. 460 can be found on both directions of Interstate 85 within the Petersburg vicinity. The shields are similar to U.S. 89 cutouts found on Interstate 70 in western Utah. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north & U.S. 460 east enter the city limits of Petersburg one mile ahead of the Squirrel Level Road diamond interchange (Exit 65). Dupuy Road passes under the freeway ahead. Out of view to the south is parallel Virginia 142 along Halifax Street. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Motorists depart Interstate 85 north & U.S. 460 (Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike) for Squirrel Level Road at the Exit 65 diamond interchange. Squirrel Level Road intersects Defense Road south of the interchange and Virginia 142 (Halifax Street) north of Exit 65. Squirrel Level Road becomes Youngs Road north of Halifax Street. Defense Road east to Johnson Road south serves interests to Richard Bland College. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 460 pass over a CSX Railroad line and parallel Lieutenant Run east from Exit 65. Pictured here is the final reassurance marker for Interstate 85, posted along side another cutout of U.S. 460. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 enters its final stretch on the Richmond-Peterburg Turnpike to Interstate 95 and downtown Petersburg. The first in a series of signs for Exits 68 and 69 directs drivers to Petersburg National Battlefield via Exit 69 (Interstate 95 northbound). The park lies within the Petersburg city limits between U.S. 301 (Crater Road) and Fort Lee east of Interstate 95. Photo taken 08/08/04.
1.75 miles west of the trumpet interchange with Interstate 95 on Interstate 85 north & U.S. 460 east. Interstate 95 enters the city of Petersburg 47 miles north of the North Carolina state line near Emporia. The Interstate continues the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike northward 24 miles to downtown Richmond.
A Clearview-font based sign replacement was made by 2012. Photo taken 08/08/04. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 460 eastbound splits with Interstate 85 northbound via the Exit 68 off-ramp onto Interstate 95 south. The US highway follows Interstate 95 for 3.29 miles between the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike and Wagner Road. U.S. 460 represents the main link between Petersburg and Hampton Roads. The eastern terminus of the highway occurs in Norfolk. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Use Interstate 95 northbound (Exit 69) to Virginia 36 (Washington Street) eastbound for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and the U.S. Army Women's Museum at Fort Lee. Photo taken 06/22/05.
U.S. 301 parallels Interstate 95 via Crater Road northward through Petersburg to the one-way street couplet of Bank and Bollingbrook Streets near downtown. Use Exit 68 onto Interstate 95 southbound for its interchange with Crater Road (Exits 50C/D) from Interstate 85 north & U.S. 460 east. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north & U.S. 460 east prepare for the Exit 68 and 69 partition onto Interstate 95 north and south at the Sycamore Street overpass. Interstate 95 southbound reaches Emporia in 40 miles and Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 92 miles. Downtown Norfolk likes 75 miles to the east via U.S. 460 and Interstate 264. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Travelers destined for Virginia Beach should follow U.S. 460 east from Interstate 95 south. U.S. 460 meets the Hampton Roads Beltway near where Interstates 64, 264, and 664 meet. Interstate 264 provides a freeway from Norfolk east to the coast. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Traffic interests to Fort Lee and Hopewell via Virginia 36 (Washington Street) should use Exit 69. Virginia 36 travels east from U.S. 301 (Crater Road) 3.4 miles to the independent city of Hopewell. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 460 and Exit 68 to Interstate 95 southbound depart Interstate 85 northbound for Emporia, Rocky Mount, and Norfolk respectively. Graham Street passes under the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike here otherwise. Photo taken 06/01/12.
End Interstate 85 signage that was posted one half mile south of the merge onto Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Sign changes made by 2012 removed the end sign for I-85 and moved the overhead for Exit 69 to ground level. Exit 69 departs as a slip ramp onto the adjacent Exit 50D ramp of I-95 north for Wythe & Washington Streets (U.S. 460 Business & Virginia 36 east). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 69 parts ways with Interstate 95 north for the adjacent ramp to downtown Petersburg. U.S. 460 Business follows the one-way street couplet from parallel U.S. 301 (Crater Road) into the central business district. Virginia 36 eastbound follows Wythe Street east to its merge with Washington Street for Petersburg National Battlefield, Fort Lee, and Hopewell. Photo taken 08/08/04.
A new overhead assembly replaced the sign bridge for Interstate 95 north and Exit 69 by 2010. Photo taken 06/01/12.



Sources:

  1. US-58 Widening and Bypasses in Mecklenburg County, RoadstotheFuture.com.
Photo Credits:
  • 2004-08-08 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 2004-10-02 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 2005-06-22 by AARoads.
  • 2011-06-01 by AARoads.
  • 2012-06-01 by AARoads.

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Interstate 95
U.S. Highway 1
U.S. Highway 58
U.S. Highway 460

Page Updated 10-30-2012.

 
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