Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 east
A short distance east of the Alleghany County line is a diamond interchange (Exit 43) joining Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 with Virginia Secondary 780 (Scenic Drive). Photo taken 09/23/14.
Scenic Drive meanders southwest along the western slopes of North Mountain from Exit 43. SSR 780 north shares an implied overlap with SSR 850 (Midland Trail / old U.S. 60) west to a northward alignment to the settlement of California and Virginia 39 outside Goshen. Photo taken 09/23/14.
SSR 850 (Midland Trail) takes a hairpin turn south from Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 to Denmark as the freeway stays north by Dale Mountain (el. 3,251 ft). Photo taken 09/23/14.
Lexington is just a 13 mile drive to the southeast via Interstate 64. Staunton and Richmond are 48 and 148 miles away respectively. Photo taken 09/23/14.
The Blue Ridge Mountains spread into view as Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 descend toward the SSR 629 (White Rock Road) overpass. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Looking south, Big House Mountain (el. 3,645 ft) and Little House Mountain (el. 3,386 ft) rise prominently. Photo taken 09/23/14.
A lengthy straight away takes Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 east into agricultural areas north of Kerrs Creek and west of Adair Hill (el. 1,706 ft). Photo taken 09/23/14.
Sycamore Valley Drive (SSR 627) crosses over Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 one mile ahead of their separation at the diamond interchange (Exit 50) with Fredericksburg Road. Photo taken 09/23/14.
U.S. 60 branches southwest from Interstate 64 along Fredericksburg Road to rejoin Midland Trail (SSR 850) near Kerrs Creek. Midland Trail carries the route southeast into Lexington. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Virginia Secondary 623 extends Fredericksburg Road north from Exit 50 and U.S. 60 to SSR 621 at the settlement of Fredericksburg. SSR 621 continues the drive north to Virginia 39 near Rockbridge Baths. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Interstate 64 east
Interstate 64 travels solo again and remains parallel to Kerr Creek on the southeasterly trek toward Lexington. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Lexington is an independent city south of Interstate 64 at the cross roads of U.S. 11 and 60 while Staunton is now 40 miles to the northeast. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Kerrs Creek flows southward into the Maury River below a pair of 845 foot long bridges carrying Interstate 64. The 43-foot wide spans were designed in 1969 and constructed in 1976. A $15.5-million project rehabilitates the two bridges with deck replacement, reconstruction of the abutments and repairing of the structural steel support frames. Work runs from spring 2014 through fall 2016. Photo taken 09/23/14.
The Maury River flows 42.8 miles wholly within Rockbridge County from near Lake Merriweather south to Glasgow. Photo taken 09/23/14.
A diamond interchange lies one mile ahead with U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) near East Lexington. U.S. 11 joins Interstate 64 with the east end of Virginia 39 (Maury River Road) nearby.
Construction of I-64 severed the original alignment of VA 39 along Greenhouse Road to the west, resulting in the new alignment along adjacent Maury River Road. The state route forms a 164-mile long route with West Virginia 39 from U.S. 11 west to Goshen, Warm Springs and Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. Photo taken 09/23/14.
The first sign for Interstate 81 appears as Exit 55 departs Interstate 64 east for U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) south into Lexington and north to Virginia 39. U.S. 11 mirrors all of Interstate 81 south to Bristol and eastern Tennessee and north to Winchester and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Passing under U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) motorists along Interstate 64 east continue 0.7 miles to the tri-level stack interchange (Exit 56) with Interstate 81. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Interstates 64 east & 81 north combine for 30.40 miles northeast toward Staunton. Interstate 81 south continues 50 miles to Roanoke.
I-81 stretches 324.92 miles statewide as a busy trucking corridor between Bristol and Winchester. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Turning northward onto I-81 from I-64 east at Exit 56. Travelers joining the southbound freeway next meet U.S. 60 outside of Lexington and Buena Vista. Photo taken 09/23/14.
Interstates 64 east & 81 north
The first set of shields posted for Interstate 64 east & 81 north stand at the tri-level stack interchange southwest of Timber Ridge. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 64 east & 81 north combine for 30.40-miles between the Lexington and Staunton areas. Harrisonburg joins Winchester as the northbound destinations beyond the split. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) leaves East Lexington and Exit 55 of Interstate 64 to meet Interstate 81 again at Exit 195. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A diamond interchange facilitates the movements between Interstates 64 & 81 and U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) at Exit 195. U.S. 11 travels its own four-lane divided highway from Lexington north toward Greenville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 northbound shield posted at the Exit 195 ramp end. U.S. 11 continues six miles northeast to Fairfield and 11 miles to Steeles Tavern. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Virginia Secondary 710 (Swope Lane / Sterrett Road) winds eastward from Virginia 252 (Brownsburg Turnpike) to meet Interstates 64 & 81 at the Exit 200 diamond interchange near Fairfield. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 200 leaves Interstates 64 east & 81 north for SSR 710 (Sterret Road). SSR 710 connects with U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) at Fairfield nearby. Photo taken 07/24/04.
The last Rockbridge County interchange of Interstates 64 and 81 joins the tandem with Virginia Secondary 606 (Raphine Road) near Steeles Tavern and Raphine. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia Secondary 606 (Raphine Road) travels a short distance east to U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) at Steeles Tavern near the west end off Virginia 56. Virginia 56 ascends into the Blue Ridge Mountains to Vesuvius and Montebello.
Raphine Road west meanders through Raphine to Wades Mill and Virginia 252 (Brownsburg Turnpike) north of Brownsburg. Photo taken 07/24/04.


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07/24/04, 07/16/05, 09/23/14 by AARoads

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Page Updated 03-19-2015.