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U.S. Highway 421

U.S. 11E-19-421 north
Reassurance shields for U.S. 11E-19-421 posted on Commonwealth Avenue north after Goode Street. Much of the area to the west is industrial due to the parallel railroad line. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Commonwealth Avenue bends northwest from Highland Avenue to meet Euclid Avenue. U.S. 11E ends. U.S. 11W begins and follows Euclid Avenue west with U.S. 421. U.S. 11 reforms along Euclid Avenue north with U.S. 19. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Commonwealth Avenue continues north from U.S. 11-11E-11W-19-421 to become unsigned Virginia 381 north to Interstate 381. Virginia 381 shields were taken down by May 2007. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 11W south & 421 north follow Euclid Avenue to the Tennessee state line intersection with Gate City Highway. U.S. 421 travels west from there to merge with U.S. 58 en route to Weber City and Gate City. U.S. 11W travels west to Kingsport.
U.S. 11 & 19 meanwhile follow Euclid Avenue onto the Lee Highway, paralleling the Interstate 81 corridor to Abingdon. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 11W South & 421 North
The first southbound shield of U.S. 11W on Euclid Avenue with U.S. 421 northbound. In the background is the Bob Morrison Boulevard signalized intersection. Nine blocks to the west U.S. 11W southbound splits with U.S. 421 northbound via the Gate City Highway. Photo taken 08/24/03.
U.S. 421 north
U.S. 421 (Gate City Highway) meets Interstate 81 and U.S. 58 east just north of the intersection with Island Road. Island Road acts as a frontage road to the freeway both to the east and west in Bristol. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Travelers bound for Interstate 81 north & U.S. 58 east to Abingdon, Wytheville and Roanoke depart U.S. 421 (Gate City Highway) north. U.S. 58 follows the freeway between Exits 1 and 19. Photo taken 05/31/07.

U.S. 421 (Gate City Highway) passes over Interstate 81 and approaches the left-hand turn onto Interstate 81 south toward Kingsport and Knoxville. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 departs Interstate 81 south for U.S. 421 (Gate City Highway) north (west)to Hiltons and Weber City. Interstate 81 enters Bristol, Tennessee on its 75-mile drive to Interstate 40 east of Knoxville. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 east & 421 south
Leaving Weber City and U.S. 23 (Main Street) in Weber City, U.S. 58 east & 421 (Bristol Highway) south travel five miles to Hiltons and 27 miles to Bristol. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Reconstruction of the confluence of U.S. 23-58-421 and Virginia 224 as part of the Mocassin Gap project realigned U.S. 58 & 421 east from U.S. 23 and Virginia 224 so that the US route pair must turn left from Virginia 224 (Wadlow Gap Highway) to continue east to Hiltons. Pictured here during construction was a southbound shield for Virginia 224's eastbound beginning. The state route travels 8.19 miles to the Tennessee state line north of Kingsport. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A historical look at the Bristol Highway approach to junction Virginia 224 south. Note the dwellings and foliage that once stood in the path of the new alignment. Photo taken 08/24/03.
The intersection viewed here no longer exists as Virginia 224 and U.S. 58-421 split from a new alignment to the west.
Virginia 224 replaced Virginia Secondary 701 in 1991 southward to Wadlow Gap.3 Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 east & 421 south contine through Poor Valley to a northern branch of Virginia Secondary 701 (Jayne Hill Circle). SSR 701 represents an old alignment for the US route. Photo taken 05/31/07.
After passing through Hiltons, U.S. 58 & 421 (Bristol Highway) turn south through Hilton Gap of Pine Ridge to a 1930-truss bridge across the North Fork Holston River. Photos taken 05/31/07.
Southward facing scene along U.S. 58 & 421 near Mulberry Lane betewen Bald Alley and Otter Mouse Bluffs on the North Fork Holston River. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Virginia Secondary 759 (Gouldmans Branch Lane) spurs south from U.S. 58 & 421 (Bristol Highway) to Fugate Hollow Lane. The SSR encircles Miller Knob along the Gouldman Branch. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 east & 421 (Bristol Highway) south span Cove Creek at the intersection with Virginia Secondary 615 (Federal Road) north to SSR 614 at Mendota. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Heading south from Muddy Gap, U.S. 58 & 421 draw to within 12 miles of Bristol. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 & 421 double as "The Crooked Road - Virginia's Heritage Music Trail" throughout Scott County. Trailblazers such as this one east of Shelleys are posted periodically along the two-lane route. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Virginia Secondary 618 (Boozy Creek Road south / Grindstone Branch Road north) crosses paths with U.S. 58 & 421 (Bristol Highway) at the Scott / Washington County line. SSR 618 travels southwest to SSR 617 and Upper Cave Ridge and north to SR 617 near McCall Gap. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A pavement change coincides with the Washington County line sign along U.S. 58 & 421 (Gate City Highway) east. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Gate City Highway continues The Crooked Road designation through to Bristol. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Eastward scene of farm land along U.S. 58 & 421 (Gate City Highway) in Rich Valley. Walker Mountain lies to the south; Dickey Mountain rises to the north. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Eastbound Gate City Highway at junction SSR 630 (Marys Chapel Road south / Cove Creek Road north). SSR 630 meanders southward around Walker Mountain to the Tennessee state line west of Leonardtown. Ketron lies along the state secondary route northbound. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Virginia Secondary 905 follows Gale Avenue south from U.S. 58 & 421 (Gate City Highway). Gale Avenue is nothing more than a residential loop. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Reassurance markers and mileage sign posted for U.S. 58 east & 421 south after SSR 905 in Rich Valley. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Rich Valley Road angles northeast from U.S. 58 & 421 as Virginia Secondary 700 to Lime Hill and Benhams. U.S. 58 & 421 are also known as the A.L. Philpott Memorial Highway on this stretch. Photo taken 05/31/07.
SSR 1101 constitutes a residential road spurring east from U.S. 58 & 421 (Gate City Highway) at Three Bridges. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Virginia Secondary 633 (Reedy Creek Road) ties into Gate City Highway at Three Bridges. SSR 633 angles southwest between Walker Mountain and Dishner Valley into Tennessee. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Only U.S. 58 receives acknowledgement on the reassurance shield assembly posted after Reedy Creek Road. Photo taken 05/31/07.
A second U.S. 58 eastbound shield follows the Virginia Secondary 633 resumption along Reedy Creek Road east from Three Bridges. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 east & 421 south expand into a four-lane arterial at Virginia Secondary 637 (Miller Hill Road) and junction Interstate 81. Interstate 81 enters Bristol, Virginia from U.S. 11W in Bristol, Tennessee. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Interstate 81 continues southwest from Bristol to Kingsport, Johnson City, and an end at Interstate 40 east of Knoxville. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 58 joins Interstate 81 north between Exits 1 and 19, bypassing Bristol through to Abingdon. U.S. 421 continues the Gate City Highway east to U.S. 11W (Euclid Avenue). Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 421 travels through to downtown Bristol. U.S. 58 once followed the route to U.S. 11 & 19 (Euclid Avenue) east as well. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Eastbound Gate City Highway at the northbound Interstate 81 on-ramp and split of U.S. 58 from U.S. 421. A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins the two highways. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 11W North & 421 South
Although formally entering the city of Bristol just north of Interstate 81 (Exit 1), a welcome sign for the municipality resides along U.S. 421 (Gate City Highway) at the arterial leaves the freeway interchange and U.S. 58. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 421 (Gate City Highway) southbound near the north entrance to Bristol Mall. Two sets of traffic lights serve interests to the adjacent shopping center from the four-lane arterial. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 11W & 421 (Euclid Avenue) prepare to meet U.S. 11-11E-19 at Commonwealth Avenue. An end shield for U.S. 11W resides at the Euclid Avenue intersection with Bob Morrison Boulevard. Bob Morrison Boulevard constitutes an industrial arterial route joining U.S. 11W & 421 with State Street. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 11W north & U.S. 421 south combine at the Tennessee state line where Gate City Highway and Euclid Avenue intersect. U.S. 421 enters the multiplex from east of Interstate 81 Exit 1 and U.S. 58. U.S. 11W merges with U.S. 11E from Commonwealth Avenue ahead to reform the primary U.S. 11 northbound along Euclid Avenue. U.S. 11 north overlaps with U.S. 19 from Bristol to the city of Abington (pop. 7,780). Photo taken 08/24/03.
The sign assembly pictured above was completely removed by 2007 along with this extra set of traffic lights posted in front of the railroad line parallel to Commonwealth Avenue. Photo taken 05/31/07.
What was most likely an original sign bridge, and its replacement, posted for Interstate 381 (Commonwealth Avenue northbound) at the intersection with Virginia 381 north. Interstate 381 begins a short distance to the left as a 1.67 mile freeway spur between Commonwealth Avenue (unsigned Virginia 381) and Interstate 81. To the right U.S. 11E southbound begins along Commonwealth Avenue, joining U.S. 19 & 421 southbound to Goode Street and Bristol, Tennessee. A truck route for U.S. 11 & 19 also joins Commonwealth Avenue southbound as a bypass route for Euclid Avenue between here and Moore Street. Photo taken 08/24/03. Second photo taken 05/31/07.
Closer looks at the U.S. 11W north end at Commonwealth Avenue. U.S. 421 follows Commonwealth Avenue south with U.S. 11 Truck & 19 Truck to Goode Street east. Eventually the route meets Martin Luther King Jr., Boulevard, where the truck route splits to the north and U.S. 421 heads south into Bristol, Tennessee.
Virginia 381 once traveled south all the way to the Tennessee state line along Commonwealth Avenue. All shields for it were taken down by 2007, including the entire assembly pictured in 2003. Photo taken 08/24/03. Second photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 11E-19-421 south
U.S. 11E begins and travels with U.S. 19 & 421 south and as U.S. 11 Truck& 19 Truck north along Commonwealth Avenue to Bristol, Tennessee. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 421 south & U.S. 11 Truck & 19 Truck north part ways with U.S. 11E & 19 south at the Commonwealth Avenue intersection with Goode Street. Goode Street carries the trio eastward to Piedmont avenue north. Photo taken 05/31/07.
U.S. 421 south leaves U.S. 11 & 19 south one block north of State Street, the boundary between Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee. U.S. 421-U.S. 11 Truck & 19 Truck travel a convoluted route using Goode Street east, Piedmont Avenue north and Cumberland Street east to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. U.S. 421 follows MLK Boulevard south into Tennessee, turning east onto a new alignment at Anderson Street; U.S. 11 & 19 Truck follow MLK Boulevard north onto Moore Avenue and junction U.S. 11 & 19 (Lee Highway). Photo taken 05/31/07.

Sources:

  1. VA 221 to 240 @ Virginia Highways Project.
Photo Credits:
    2003-08-24 by AARoads and Justin Cozart. 2007-05-31 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. Highway 58
Interstate 81
U.S. Highway 11
U.S. Highway 11E
U.S. Highway 11W
U.S. Highway 19
Interstate 381 & Virginia 381

Page Updated 03-30-2010.

 
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