Interstate 81 North - Rockingham & Shenandoah Counties

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Interstate 81 North
Northbound scene along Interstate 81 after the Augusta County line. SSR F237 (River Hill Road) meets Ford View Road next to the freeway. Photo taken 07/16/05.
The first of six Rockingham County exits of Interstate 81 north is that of the Exit 240 diamond interchange with SSR 682 east and Virginia 257 west (Friedens Church Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.
Crossing the North River along Interstate 81 near Mount Crawford. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Virginia 257 begins at Exit 240 and leads west along Friedens Church Road as a four-lane arterial to U.S. 11 (Main Street) and Dinkel Avenue in Mount Crawford. The state route continues northwest three miles to Bridgeway and a merge with Virginia 42. Traveling 18.14 miles, Virginia 257 ends at a transition to SSR 924 at Hone Quarry. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Travelers heading northbound next reach the independent city of Harrisonburg and the Exit 243 trumpet interchange to U.S. 11 (South Main Street). Photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 11 follows a commercialized arterial (South Main Street) from near the connector roadway of Exit 243 to the campus of James Madison University within Harrisonburg. Photo taken 07/24/04.
New Market represents the next town of interest along Interstate 81 north from the city of Harrisonburg. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Port Republic Road meets Interstate 81 at a diamond interchange (Exit 245) southwest of the James Madison University campus. The north-south road was upgraded from SSR 659 into SR 253 in the mid-2000s. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Port Republic Road provides access to JMU via unsigned Virginia 331 (Bluestone Drive / University Boulevard), a 2.99 mile route designated to serve the college. The north-south road intersects U.S. 11 (Main Street) at Maryland Avenue and heads south from Exit 245 to Port Republic. Photo taken 07/24/04.
SR 253 replaced SSR 659 along its entire route from U.S. 11 to U.S. 340 (East Side Highway). The route travels 12.18 miles. Photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 33 (Market Street) joins the commercialized south side of Harrisonburg, including Valley Mall with the central business district. A full cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between the arterial and Interstate 81 at Exits 247A/B. Photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 33 leads east from Exit 247A to Penn Laird, Elkton, Shenandoah National Park and Standardsville with connections to Skyline Drive. Massahutten Ski Area interests should follow U.S. 33 east to SSR 644 (Resort Drive) north to Hopkins Spring and Massahutten Mountain. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 247A leaves Interstate 81 north at the Reservoir Street overpass for U.S. 33 (Market Street) east. U.S. 33 travels 139 miles within the state, ending at the city of Richmond to the southeast. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Heading west, U.S. 33 (Market Street) continues from Exit 247B through Harrisonburg to Rawley Springs and Shenandoah Mountain, where it enters West Virginia. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 drivers exit the city of Harrisonburg and approach a second trumpet interchange (Exit 251) and access road to parallel U.S. 11 (Valley Pike). Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 follows Valley Pike southwest to North Main Street in Harrisonburg from Exit 251. Northward, the US route continues to Melrose and Lacey Spring just west of Interstate 81. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Meeting Interstate 81 next is the combination of U.S. 11 (Valley Pike / Lee Jackson Memorial Highway) and Virginia 259 (Maryland Road) north at Exit 257. Virginia 259 begins and meanders northward to Broadway, Fulks Run and West Virginia between Church and West Mountains. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A diamond interchange (Exit 257) joins U.S. 11 and Virginia 259 (Maryland Road) with Interstate 81 at Mauzy. U.S. 11 continues northeast to Tenth Legion and New Market. Virginia 259 connects with Virginia 42 at Broadway two miles south of Timberville and Virginia 211. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 crosses into Shenandoah County near the one-mile approach to Exit 264 with U.S. 211 east & Virginia 211 west (Old Cross Road) at New Market. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 211 begins its 59-mile intrastate trek at Exit 264 of Interstate 81 and travels east from New Market across Massanuetten Mountain to Luray. Virginia 211 continues the numbering west from the diamond interchange to Timberville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Next in line for northbound motorists is the Exit 269 diamond interchange with SSR 730 (Caverns Road). SSR 730 leads east to U.S. 11 (Old Valley Pike) at Rudes Hill and northwest to Shenandoah Caverns and Williamsville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 269 departs Interstate 81 north after the freeway spans the Shenandoah River. U.S. 11 remains close from SSR 730 into Mt. Jackson. There Virginia 263 (Bryce Boulevard) begins and travels west to Basye and Orkney Springs. There is no direct access to the state route from Interstate 81. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Northbound on the one-mile approach to Exit 273 with Virginia 292 (Conicville Boulevard) east and SSR 703 (Mt. Jackson Road) west at Mt. Jackson. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 292 follows Conicville Boulevard 0.39 miles between its end points at Interstate 81 (Exit 273) and U.S. 11 (Main Street). SSR 703 (Mt. Jackson Road) west to SSR 614 (Middle Road) south leads drivers to Virginia 263 (Orkney Grade) at Rinkerton. Photo taken 07/24/04.
SSR 614 (Middle Road) ventures north from Rinkerton to a diamond interchange with Interstate 81. SSR 614 ends just east of Exit 277 at U.S. 11 (Old Valley Pike) and Bowmans Crossing. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 185 is the next in a series of short state routes to join Interstate 81 with U.S. 11. The route totals just 1.00 mile from U.S. 11 (Main Street) in Edinburg to the adjacent intersection of SSR 675 (Stoney Creek Road) and 686 (South Ox Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 279 parts ways with Interstate 81 at the crossing of Stony Creek for Virginia 185 (Stony Creek Road). SSR 686 continues Stony Creek Road west to Lantz Mills and Columbia Furnace (Virginia 42). Photo taken 07/24/04.
The parallel Virginia 42 finally crosses paths with Interstate 81 at the Exit 283 diamond interchange east of Calvary. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 42 continues east along Reservoir Road to its end at U.S. 11 (Main Street) in Woodstock. The northern segment of the route angles southwest from Exit 283 to Harmony, Columbia Furnace and Harrisonburg. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 continues 14 miles north from the Shenandoah County seat of Woodstock to Strasburg (U.S. 48). Martinsburg, West Virginia joins as the next destination outside Virginia. Photo taken 07/16/05.
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SSR 651 (Mount Olive Road) sees a diamond interchange (Exit 291) with Interstate 81 on its drive between U.S. 11 (Old Valley Pike) and Mt. Olive. The one-mile guide sign for SSR 651 lies ahead of the SSR 653 (Brook Creek Road) overpass. Photo taken 07/16/05. Second photo taken 07/24/04.
Northbound at the Exit 291 ramp departure to SSR 651 (Mount Olive Road) at Round Hill. U.S. 11 meets Mount Olive Road between Toms Brook and Strasburg. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 55 (John Marshall Highway) angles northwest from U.S. 11 (Massanuetten Street) in Strasburg to become U.S. 48 west at the Exit 296 diamond interchange of Interstate 81. U.S. 48 was signed in 2003 and currently only stretches 17 miles to the state line. This is the third edition of the route: the previous U.S. 48 routings existed along the National Freeway and in California respectively. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 296 leaves Interstate 81 north for the westbound beginning of U.S. 48 and Virginia 55 (John Marshall Highway). Virginia 55 constitutes a multi-state route between Gainesville, Virginia and Muddlety, West Virginia (U.S. 19). The route doubles as U.S. 48 (Appalachian Regional Development Corridor H), an expressway corridor stretching west to Elkins, WV. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Now on the offramp from Interstate 81 north to U.S. 48 west and Virginia 55. Once West Virginia's Corridor H is completed, the entire route from Elkins to Strasburg will be designated U.S. 48. Some have touted Corridor H as a future westerly extension of Interstate 66, but such a routing is unlikely initially since the highway will not be built to Interstate standards. However, longer-range upgrades are certainly possible. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Reassurance marker posted to the north of Strasburg. Exit 296 originally consisted of just a half diamond interchange only accessible from the northbound lanes. Photo taken 06/01/04.
U.S. 11 (Old Valley Pike) exits Strasburg and switches sides with Interstate 81 at the Exit 298 diamond interchange. The forthcoming exit serves Belle Grove Plantation and Cedar Creek Battlefield. Photo taken 07/24/04.
The first sign for the eastbound beginning of Interstate 66 (Exit 300) lies 2.5 miles south of the tri-level stack interchange ahead of Exit 298 with U.S. 11. I-66 constitutes a 76.28-mile route between Interstate 81 and Washington, DC. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 stays west of Interstate 81 from Exit 298 to Middletown and Stephens City to the north. Strasburg is a short drive southwest beyond Hupp Hill. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Interstate 81 exits Shenandoah County for Warren County at the crossing over Cedar Creek. Photo taken 07/24/04.


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06/01/04, 07/24/04, 07/16/05 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 11
U.S. 33
U.S. 211 & State Route 211

Page Updated 04-20-2010.