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U.S. 29 North - Danville & Pittsylvania County

U.S. 29 north & 58 east
U.S. 29 merges onto the Danville Expressway from a directional cloverleaf interchange at the North Carolina state line. Motorists cross the state line via the a ramp that emanates in N.C. and continue to a merge with U.S. 58 at a Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Mileage sign listing the distances to the U.S. 29 control city of Lynchburg and U.S. 58 destination of South Boston. The two highways share 6.96 miles along the Danville Expressway. Photo taken 05/30/05.
An at-grade intersection lies east of the Corning Drive half-diamond interchange with Elizabeth Street. Access is only available to southbound Elizabeth Street to Holland Road and Whitetown, North Carolina. Ramp stubs are in place for a future interchange between the two roads. Photo taken 05/30/05. Second photo taken 12/21/08.
Future ramps to Elizabeth Street will tie into U.S. 29 & 58 (Danville Expressway) ahead of the Holland Road overpass. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Next in line for eastbound motorists along the Danville Expressway is the diamond interchange with Virginia 86 (South Main Street). Virginia 86 serves interests to the Danville and AAF Tank Museums, Averett University, and Danville Community College among other points of interest. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Virginia 86 travels four miles south from its beginning in downtown Danville to North Carolina 86 near Gatewood and Pleasant Grove. The state route continues south 53 miles to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Turning northeast along U.S. 29 & 58 (Danville Expressway) from Virginia 86. U.S. 29 shifted to the expressway in 1998, replacing the Virginia 265 designation along the previously opened sections of freeway.1 Photo taken 05/30/05.

Goodyear Boulevard travels south from Industrial Avenue to meet U.S. 29 & 58 at a six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange opposite the Dan River. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Approaching Pumpkin Creek, U.S. 29 north & 58 eastbound drivers see a second mileage sign listing the distances to Lynchburg and South Boston. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Drivers bound for Goodyear Boulevard (Virginia Secondary 737) depart the northbound Danville Expressway. SSR 737 loops southwest to Pleasant Grove, ending at Virginia 86 (South Main Street). Photo taken 12/21/08.
U.S. 29 north & 58 east continue one half mile to the River Park Drive diamond interchange adjacent to Dan Daniel Memorial Park. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Spanning the Dan River along U.S. 29 north & 58 east. Travelers seeking tourist information are provided with a Visitor Information Center on River Park Drive. Photo taken 05/30/05.
River Park Drive spurs west from Stinson Drive (Virginia Secondary 1224) to Dan Daniel Memorial Park. The local road was added around the time of the Danville Expressway's construction. Stinson Drive connects the area with Danville Regional Airport and Airport Drive. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 north & 58 next part ways at a full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 360 (South Boston Road). U.S. 360 begins in Danville at the Riverside Drive (U.S. 58 Business) intersection with Virginia 293 & 360 (Main Street) across the Dan River from downtown. The US route shares pavement with U.S. 58 27.80 miles eastward from the Danville Expressway. Photo taken 12/21/08.
U.S. 58 east joins U.S. 360 along South Boston Road leading away from the Danville Expressway. U.S. 58 Business begins and heads west through the city. Interests to Danville Regional Airport (DAN) are directed to follow U.S. 58 & 360 east to Airport Drive south. Photo taken 12/21/08.
U.S. 29 north
U.S. 58 Business & 360 (South Boston Road) travel 1.76 miles westward to junction Virginia 293 (Main Street). Use the business route for the Danville Science Center and Historic District. Overall U.S. 360 travels 225.16 miles between Danville and Reedville off Chesapeake Bay. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 continues north along the Danville Expressway to an exit of the city at the crossing of Little Fall Creek. Virginia 360 (Old Richmond Road) passes over the freeway in the distance. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange joins U.S. 29 with a short access road joining the Danville Expressway with the adjacent Virginia 360 (Old Richmond Road). The four-lane divided highway was built in anticipation of extending Virginia 41 southeast from its current terminus at U.S. 29 Business (Piney Forest Road) in north Danville. It is unclear when that extension may open, and since this photo was shot, the Virginia 48 shield was greened out. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Empty brackets attached to the future Virginia 41 overpass loom over U.S. 29 north, awaiting signage for Virginia 41 north to Franklin Turnpike. Virginia 360 otherwise ventures northeast from Danville to Halifax north of South Boston. The route represents the pre-1984 alignment of U.S. 360!2 Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 parallels Lawless Creek leading north from Danville toward Blairs. Twin Arch Drive (SSR 695) passes over the freeway southeast of Blairs. Photos taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 stays east of Blairs through to the interchanges with SSR 726 (Malmaison Road) and U.S. 29 Business. Virginia Secondary 726 connects U.S. 29 north with U.S. 29 Business south to Blairs and Danville. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A loop ramp carries U.S. 29 (Danville Expressway) northbound onto Malmaison Road west to U.S. 29 Business. SSR 726 travels east to Virginia 360, Kentuck, and south to Ringgold and junction U.S. 58 & 360. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A partial "Y" interchange joins U.S. 29 and U.S. 29 Business north of Blairs. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Leaving Blairs, U.S. 29 reverts to a four-lane surface highway leading north ten miles to Chatham.Leaving Blairs, U.S. 29 reverts to a four-lane surface highway leading north ten miles to Chatham. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Leaving Blairs, U.S. 29 reverts to a four-lane surface highway leading north ten miles to Chatham. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 meets Virginia Secondary 703 (Tight Squeeze Road west / Fairview Road east) at Tight Squeeze, north of the Banister River. SSR 703 leads west to Jones Mill and Virginia 41 and east to SSR 832 near White Oak Mountain. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 bypasses the Pittsylvania County seat of Chatham via a freeway bypass to the east. U.S. 29 Business follows Main Street through town. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound view of U.S. 29 between Tight Squeeze and H.G. Magee Drive. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 1433 (Cherrystone Road) leads southwest from U.S. 29 near the split with U.S. 29 Business to Tight Squeeze Road (SSR 703). Photo taken 05/30/05.
A partial "Y" interchange constitutes the south end of the Chatham business loop of U.S. 29 (Main Street). U.S. 29 shifted to its bypass of Chatham in 1965.1 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Angling northeast along U.S. 29 at the split with South Main Street. U.S. 29 Business merges with Virginia 57 west (Halifax Road) in one mile. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The next town of interest along U.S. 29 north is that of Gretna. Lynchburg is still 49 miles to the north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
One mile south of the diamond interchange with Virginia 57 (Halifax Road) along U.S. 29 north. Virginia 57 joins Chatham with Virginia 360 west of Halifax and north of South Boston. The state route replaced SSR 832 east from Chatham by 2002, a routing that it used previously until 1953.3 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Drivers bound for Virginia 57 (Halifax Road) depart U.S. 29 north. Virginia 57 continues west from U.S. 29 Business and Chatham to Callands and Martinsville. Overall the state route travels 91 miles from Virginia 8 in Patrick County to Virginia 360. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A folded-diamond interchange awaits drivers traveling along U.S. 29 north from Virginia 57 with Virginia Secondary 685 (Chalk Level Road). Photo taken 05/30/05.
SSR 685 follows Hurt Street east from U.S. 29 Business (Main Street) at Military Drive to Sheva, Sonans, Chalk Level, and junction Virginia 40 east of Greenfield. Military Drive stems west from the Hurt Street to Chatham Hall Hargrave Military Academy. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business (North Main Street) returns to U.S. 29 at a diamond interchange. Mill Creek Road (Virginia Secondary 691) begins and travels east from U.S. 29 Business to SSR 685 (Chalk Level Road). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound U.S. 29 at the U.S. 29 Business (North Main Street) southbound beginning. A loop ramp formerly carried U.S. 29B onto U.S. 29. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Speed limits reduce again to 55 mph as U.S. 29 transitions back from a freeway into a surface arterial. Gretna is seven miles out. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 801 (Dry Bridge Road) ends at U.S. 29 north of its crossing over the Norfolk Southern Railroad. SSR 801 leads south to SSR 803 (Hodnetts Mill Road) at Falls Lake. Photo taken 05/30/05.
SSR 1401 follows as an old alignment of U.S. 29, serving a handful of homes west of the four-lane divided highway. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Riddle Road (Virginia Secondary 797) heads west from U.S. 29 to Anderson Mill Road (SSR 790). Photos taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 again bypasses a former alignment south of Galveston. Virginia Secondary 1080 (Belair Road) represents the original path of the route. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A wide partial "Y" interchange lies one mile ahead at the U.S. 29 partitioning with a business route (Main Street) to Gretna. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 again upgrades to a full freeway, traveling west of Gretna and the U.S. 29 Business loop along Main Street. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 reassurance shield posted after the split with U.S. 29 Business. The business loop initially travels a four-lane divided highway through to Taylors Mill Road (SSR 676). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound mileage sign highlighting the distance to Altavista (15 miles), Lynchburg (39 miles) and Charlottesville (107 miles). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia 40 (Gretna Road west / Vaden Drive east) crosses paths with U.S. 29 at a diamond interchange outside of Gretna. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A generous carriageway separation obscures U.S. 29 south from northbound along the approach to Virginia 40. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound U.S. 29 at the Virginia 40 off-ramp. Virginia 40 is a lengthy route at 233 miles. The highway joins Gretna with Smith Mountain Dam and Rocky Mount (junction U.S. 220) to the west and Mt. Airy, Brookneaf, and Keysville to the east. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Curving northeast along U.S. 29 between Virginia 40 and Virginia Secondary 760 (Music Street). Photos taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business (North Main Street) returns to U.S. 29 north at another partial "Y" interchange. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 665 (Rockford School Road) ties into U.S. 29 north of its freeway end. SSR 665 ventures southeasterly to Blue Ridge Drive and Virginia 40 between Ray and Greenfield. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Continuing north from SSR 665 along U.S. 29. Altavista remains 11 miles to the north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 642 (Shula Drive) intersects U.S. 29 near Motley. SSR 642 ventures northwest to an end at Leesville Lake and southeast to Brutus. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 988 (Highway View Road) stems north from SSR 642 as the old alignment of U.S. 29 through Motley. SSR 988 transitions to U.S. 29 Business (Main Street) leading northeast to Hurt at the forthcoming diamond interchange. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 upgrades to a freeway again and bypasses both Hurt and Altavista. U.S. 29 Business was commissioned with the bypass opened by 1974.1 Photo taken 05/30/05.
A diamond interchange joins Virginia Secondary 924 (Pocket Road) west of Hurt. SSR 924 ends at U.S. 29 Business (Main Street) in Hurt. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The final exit of Pittsylvania County departs U.S. 29 north for SSR 924. Pocket Road continues west from U.S. 29 to Rockford School Road (SSR 665) and a rural end near the Roanoke River.
Virginia 43 (Bedford Avenue) begins in Altavista and travels north to U.S. 29, at the next exit, and west to Leesville and Bedford. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Crossing the Staunton River on U.S. 29 north, which the USGS Quad displays as the Roanoke River, into Campbell County. Photos taken 05/30/05.



Sources:

  1. U.S. 29 @ Virginia Highways Project.
  2. Virginia 360 @ Virginia Highways Project.
  3. Virginia 57 @ Virginia Highways Project.
Photo Credits:
2005-05-30, 2008-12-21 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 58
U.S. Highway 360

Page Updated 03-09-2010.

 
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