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Lynchburg Expressway

The Lynchburg Expressway encircles the city of Lynchburg from Madison Heights west to Brookview and north toward Boonesboro. The four-lane freeway carries U.S. 501 south from Boonesboro Road to Candler Mountain Road and U.S. 29 Business east from Wards Road to Amherst Highway in Madison Heights. Sequential exit numbers are used along the route from the Main Street exit south of downtown to Graves Mill Road south of U.S. 221.

Lynchburg Expressway carried U.S. 29 until the October 2005 completion of the Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass. U.S. 29 Business shifted from Wards Road, Fort Avenue, Memorial Avenue, and 5th Street to the freeway, leaving Virginia 163 in its wake.

U.S. 29 Business south - Lynchburg Expressway
U.S. 29 Business follows the Lynchburg Expressway southward toward downtown Lynchburg and Wards Road. Old U.S. 29 Business, now designated Virginia 163, continues along the Amherst Highway to 5th Street in the city. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A diamond interchange quickly follows between U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) and Virginia 210 (Colony Road). Virginia 210 comprises a short connector between Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway) and U.S. 29 (Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass) through the Madison Heights and Colony area. The state route originally originally ended at the Central Virginia Training Center, but now follows an expressway alignment east to U.S. 29. The spur to the training center is now a part of Virginia 334. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Southbound drivers lower toward the Lynchburg Expressway crossing of the James River into Lynchburg proper. Exit 1 lies one half mile ahead with Main Street south of downtown. Photo taken 06/05/05.
The James River separates Amherst County from the independent city of Lynchburg. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Concord Turnpike lines the James River and passes under U.S. 29 Business, ending at Washington and Jefferson Street in this northward facing scene. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A loop ramp carries all traffic interests to Main Street from U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) southbound. Main Street heads directly north into the central business district, eventually becoming Rivermont Avenue (former U.S. 501) northward to Rivermont. Main Street south joins the freeway with White Rock Hill and Florida Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 Business winds southward toward the Exit 2 folded-diamond interchange with Miller Street and Robins Road. Mill Street connects the Lynchburg Expressway with Monroe Street north and Grace Street. Photo taken 06/05/05.

A swath of open space lines the westbound lanes of the Lynchburg Expressway by this southbound shield for U.S. 29 between Main and Grace Streets. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Grace Street travels west from Florida Avenue to a northerly path into downtown Lynchburg. Monroe Street connects Exit 2 with 12th Street and Virginia 163 (5th Street) at Park Avenue.
Next in line for U.S. 29 Business south is the north end of U.S. 221 and junction U.S. 460 Business & 501 Business (Exits 3A/B). Photo taken 06/05/05.
Exit 3A leaves U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) south for U.S. 221 south, U.S. 460 Business west & U.S. 501 Business north (Kemper Street). The trio travel northward to a turn on Fort and Park Avenues. Fort Avenue carries U.S. 460 Business west to Exit 10 of the Lynchburg Expressway. U.S. 221 follows Fort Avenue to Oakley Avenue north. U.S. 501 Business travels along Langhorne Road north to Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Exit 3B follows within the full-cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 29 Business and Kemper Street. U.S. 460 Business east & 501 Business south continue on Kemper Street to its merge with Campbell Avenue at Fairview Heights. The pair end at U.S. 29-460-501 (Richmond Highway). Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 Business southbound emerges from underneath Campbell Avenue, an abandoned railroad bridge, and the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpasses on the one-fifth of a mile approach to Exit 4, Stadium Road. Stadium Road connects Carroll Avenue with Calvin Falwell Field, home of the Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League Baseball). Photos taken 06/05/05.
Drivers bound for Stadium Road depart U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) south. Stadium Road connects with Wythe Road north to junction U.S. 221 & 460 Business (Fort Avenue). Photo taken 06/05/05.
A loop ramp follows between U.S. 29 Business south and James Street. James Street connects Stadium Road with Carroll Avenue. Carroll Avenue meanders southward to Virginia 128 at Perkins Park. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Odd Fellows Road ties into the Lynchburg Expressway at the Exit 7 trumpet interchange next. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Heading southeast, Odd Fellows Road leads toward Virginia 128 (Mayflower Drive) at Perkins Park. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Reassurance shield that was posted for U.S. 29 south after the Odd Fellows Road on-ramp. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Continuing west along the Lynchburg Expressway toward the Exit 8 full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 501 south & Virginia 128 (Candlers Mountain Road). Photo taken 06/05/05.
Virginia 128 (Candlers Mountain Road) links U.S. 29 Business & 501 with Wards Road (Virginia 163 / former U.S. 29 Business). Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 501 & Virginia 128 (Candlers Mountain Road) combine briefly between the Lynchburg Expressway and Mayflower Drive by River Ridge Mall. U.S. 501 continues from there to its merge with U.S. 29 north & 460 (Liberty Mountain Road) east. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 Business south & U.S. 501 north - Lynchburg Expressway
U.S. 29 Business south & 501 north briefly overlap by River Ridge Mall between Candler Mountain Road and Wards Road south. Signed here as U.S. 29, U.S. 29 Business follows Wards Road back to U.S. 29 by Lynchburg Regional Airport. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 9 departs as a left-hand directional ramp from the Lynchburg Expressway south to Wards Road near Central Virginia Community College. U.S. 29 Business continues to Vista Acres before ending at U.S. 460. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Westbound on the Lynchburg Expressway at the split of U.S. 29 Business south from U.S. 501 north. Virginia 163 travels Wards Roads south from U.S. 460 Business and Fort Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 north - Lynchburg Expressway
U.S. 501 bends northwesterly from Wards Road toward the Brookville and Clay communities of Lynchburg. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exits 10A/B consist of a full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue) east of Richland Hills. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Trees and bushes occupy land between the carriageways of U.S. 501 on the approach to U.S. 460 Business. Landscaping is maintained by sponsors.
U.S. 460 used to follow the Lynchburg Expressway to Timberlake Road west. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 10A leaves U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) north for U.S. 460 (Fort Avenue) east to Fort Hill. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 460 Business follows Timberlake Road west from Brookville to Beechwood Hills, Brush Tavern, and Timberlake west of the city line. Photo taken 05/30/05.
One half mile south of the Exit 11 diamond interchange with Graves Mill Road at a NS Railroad overpass. Use Exit 11 for U.S. 221 south to SSR 661 (Bateman Bridge Road) to reach the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) northbound at the Exit 11 ramp departure to Graves Mill Road. Graves Mill Road travels west to U.S. 221 (Forest Road) and southeast to U.S. 460 (Fort Avenue) parallel to U.S. 501. The routing was once a part of Virginia 126 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound reassurance shield posted for U.S. 501 on the approach to U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). Photo taken 05/30/05.
The freeway portion of U.S. 501 comes to an end briefly at the traffic light with U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 221 follows Lakeside Drive east to Lynchburg College and Oakley Avenue and Forest Road west from the city line to Forest, Goode, and the city of Bedford. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 turns northeastward along Old Forest Road briefly before again upgrading into the Lynchburg Expressway. Old Forest Road was a part of Virginia 291 until 1989, when U.S. 501 was relocated from Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The section of Lynchburg Expressway between Old Forest Road and Boonsboro Road (U.S. 501 Business) consists mainly of a Super-Two Expressway. U.S. 501 departs Old Forest Road for the freeway at the next traffic light.
Virginia 291 followed Old Forest Road in its entirety from U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive) to Lynchburg College and a portion of the Lynchburg Expressway between Lakeside Drive and Fort Avenue. Old Forest Road is now locally maintained, with a commercial strip following the split with U.S. 501. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Resuming along the Lynchburg Expressway northbound on U.S. 501 west of Blue Ridge Farms. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Passing opportunities are striped along the Super-Two section of the Lynchburg Expressway. Fleming and Tobacco Row Mountains are visible along the horizon. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A folded diamond interchange joins U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) with Wiggington Road next. Wiggington Road stems northwest from Old Forest Road to becomes Virginia Secondary 620 outside the city. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 widens into a conventional four-lane freeway at the Wiggington Road off-ramp. Wiggington Road south provides access to Peaks View Park along Ivy Creek. SSR 620 continues the road northwest to SSR 644 near Boonsboro. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Continuing north, U.S. 501 again reduces to two overall lanes. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Nearing the north end of the Lynchburg Expressway, U.S. 501 prepares to resume its original course along Boonesboro Road. Boonesboro Road east carries U.S. 501 Business to Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The Lynchburg Expressway defaults onto U.S. 501 Business (Boonesboro Road) south (east) to Peakland and downtown Lynchburg. U.S. 501 meanwhile travels Boonesboro Road to the Lee Jackson Highway, Coleman Falls,and Big Island. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Irvington Springs Road ties into the U.S. 501 Business & 501 exchange from the south. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 south - Lynchburg Expressway
Turning southward onto the Lynchburg Expressway, U.S. 501 briefly carries four lanes from Boonesboro Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Sinking southward along U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) near Cheese Creek. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Wiggington Road meets U.S. 501 at a folded-diamond interchange west of Blue Ridge Farms. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 expands to four overall lanes at the Wiggington Road exit. Wiggington Road travels to Peaks View Park nearby en route to Old Forest Road (old Virginia 291). Northward the road continues to Coffee Road (SSR 644). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 turns southeast over Ivy Creek as a Super Two freeway again. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The north segment of the Lynchburg Expressway ends at the traffic light with Old Forest Road. U.S. 501 turns southward onto the arterial to make the connection with the south segment of the freeway at U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). Photos taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 follows Old Forest Road south to U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). U.S. 221 follows a 158-mile route in Virginia from Lynchburg west to the North Carolina line, south of Independence. The highway ends in Perry, Florida. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Southbound at the traffic light with Lakeside Drive. U.S. 221 begins in Lynchburg and travels west along Kemper Street, Forest Avenue, Oakley Avenue, and Lakeside Drive to Forest Road en route to Forest, Goode and Bedford. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Heading south, U.S. 501 upgrades into a conventional freeway directly from U.S. 221. The initial freeway between Lakeside Drive and Fort Avenue was originally signed as Virginia 291. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 11 joins U.S. 501 with Graves Mill Road in one half mile. Graves Mill Road was signed as Virginia 126 until 1977.2 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Drivers bound for Graves Mill Road west to Richland Hills or U.S. 221 (Forest Road) depart U.S. 501 south. Graves Mill Road east parallels U.S. 501 south to junction U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 460 Business follows Timberlake Road east from Timberlake to meet U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) at a full-cloverleaf interchange (Exits 10B/A). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Fort Avenue continues U.S. 460 Business east to Fort Hill and junction U.S. 221 (Oakley Avenue) southwest of downtown Lynchburg. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Next in line for southbound drivers is the Exit 9 off-ramp to U.S. 29 Business (Wards Road) south. Wards Road begins at U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue) and carries Virginia 163 signage through to the transition into U.S. 29 Business. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Use Wards Road south for Central Virginia Community College nearby, and Lynchburg Regional Airport south of U.S. 29 & 460. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 joins the Lynchburg area with Altavista, Hurt, Gretna, Chatham, and Danville. The US route mainline was relocated from the Lynchburg Expressway in October 2005 when the Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass opened to traffic. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 south & 29 Business north briefly overlap between Wards Road and Candler Mountain Road (Exit 8B). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business north & U.S. 501 south - Lynchburg Expressway
Candler Mountain Road begins and heads southeast from Wards Road (Virginia 163) as Virginia 128 to Exit 8 of the Lynchburg Expressway. U.S. 501 & Virginia 128 briefly merge by River Ridge Mall through to Mayflower Drive and Candler Mountain Road south to Liberty University. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 joins the Lynchburg Expressway with U.S. 29 & 460 (Liberty Mountain Drive) via a four-lane arterial. Virginia 128 meanders east from the US highway to Perkins Park and Fairview Heights and west to Virginia 163 at Sheffield Drive. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business north - Lynchburg Expressway
Exit 8B loops onto Virginia 128 (Candler Mountain Road) leading west to Wards Road and its end at U.S. 460 Business & Virginia 163 (Fort Avenue) from U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Odd Fellows Road spurs east from the Lynchburg Expressway to junction Virginia 128 (Mayflover Drive) and the Perkins Park section of Lynchburg. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business northbound at the Exit 7 trumpet interchange with Odd Fellows Road. Virginia 128 concludes its 3.47-mile route east of Odd Fellows Road at junction U.S. 460 Business & 501 Business (Campbell Avenue) at Fairview Heights. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 6 follows and joins the Lynchburg Expressway with parallel Carroll Avenue near James Street. Carroll Avenue meanders northward from Virginia 128 (Mayflower Avenue) to 12th Street and Langhorne Road (U.S. 501 Business). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Most of the signs posted within the city of Lynchburg feature a one-piece design. This U.S. 29 reassurance marker was typical of the style. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 6 departs U.S. 29 Business north for Carroll Avenue to Stadium Road. Stadium Road travels west to Wythe Road and Calvin Falwell Field, home of the Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League Baseball). Photo taken 05/30/05.
A partial-cloverleaf interchange follows with James Street directly at Exit 5. James Street leads northwest from Carroll Avenue to Stadium Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A partial-diamond interchange brings traffic from Carroll Avenue onto U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) one half mile ahead of the Exit 3 full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 221, U.S. 460 Business, and U.S. 501 Business (Kemper Street). The junction represents U.S. 221's northern terminus. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business drops below grade and passes under Campbell Avenue, an abandoned railroad overpass, and the Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Exit 3B departs immediately after the overpasses for U.S. 401 Business & 501 Business (Kemper Street) east. The business route overtakes Campbell Avenue en route to Fairview Heights and junction U.S. 29-460-501 (Richmond Highway). Photos taken 05/30/05.
Exit 3A loops onto Kemper Street north to the southbound beginning of U.S. 221 and continuation of U.S. 401 Business & 501 Business alon Kemper Street to 12h Street and Fort Avenue. U.S. 221 runs 158 miles within Virginia between Lynchburg and the North Carolina line south of Independence. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound drivers bound for Kemper Street depart U.S. 29 Business at Exit 3A. U.S. 460 Business travels 11.56 miles from U.S. 29-460-501 to New London. The route follows Kemper Street north to 12th Street and Fort Avenues west. U.S. 501 Business follows Kemper Street north to Fort Avenue west to Langhorne Road north to Dearington and Rivermont Avenue east of Peakland within the city. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The Lynchburg Expressway winds eastward toward downtown, next meeting Grace Street via a folded-diamond interchange with Robins Road and Miller Street. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound reassurance shield that was posted for U.S. 29 near the Exit 2 off-ramp onto Robins Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Grace Street connects U.S. 29 Business with Florida Avenue to the east near White Rock Hill and Jackson Heights and downtown Lynchburg to the north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exits 1B/A follow with separate ramps to Main Street south of the central business district and north of White Rock Hill. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A loop ramp (Exit 1A) joins Main street north through downtown. Main Street historically represented a portion of U.S. 501 Alternate through to Rivermont Avenue. This alignment was retired in 1990 when U.S. 501 shifted to its bypass alignment.1 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 1B ascends from U.S. 29 Business to Main Street south to Florida Avenue and Buena Vista Street. Motorists can connect with Concord Turnpike leading south along the James River to Pleasant Valley Boulevard and junction U.S. 29 & 460 (Richmond Highway). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) descends toward its crossing of the Jame River beyond Exit 1A. Main Street travels through downtown to junction Virginia 163 (5th Street) before merging with Church Street to form Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Spanning the James River along U.S. 29 Business north. The waterway separates the city of Lynchburg from Amherst County. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Continuing north, U.S. 29 enters Madison Heights and sees a diamond interchange with Virginia 210 (Colony Road). Virginia 210 travels north to Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway) and east to Colony and junction U.S. 29.
Both signs were altered since the time of this photograph: the left-hand panel now displays U.S. 29 Business; the right hand panel now displays "TO Route 163". Virginia 163 follows the original path of U.S. 29, and later U.S. 29 Business, from Lynchburg through Madison Heights. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A half-diamond interchange joins Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway) with U.S. 29 Business at the Lynchburg Expressway end. Virginia 163 loops east of U.S. 29 Business briefly before ending at the U.S. 29 over taking of Amherst Highway north. Photo taken 05/30/05.

Sources:

  1. US 1 and branches @ Virginia Highways Project.
  2. VA 121 to 140 @ Virginia Highways Project.
Photo Credits:
2005-05-30, 2005-06-05 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 501
U.S. Highway 29
U.S. Highway 221
U.S. Highway 460

Page Updated 03-11-2010.

 
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