Interstate 81 North - Botetourt & Rockbridge Counties

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Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 north
Mileage sign posted along the northbound freeway after the Roanoke County lin. Buchanan (Exit 167) is the next community of interest along Interstate 81.
Weigh stations lie ahead on both sides of Interstate 81 for commercial trucks. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 220 parts ways with Interstate 81 at the Exit 150A/B three-quarter cloverleaf interchange outside Cloverdale. Photo taken 07/24/04.
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Exit 150A provides access to U.S. 220 Alternate (Cloverdale Road) south to U.S. 11 north of Cloverdale. U.S. 220 Alternate travels south to U.S. 221 & 460 at Bonsack and west along Orange Avenue into Roanoke. Photo taken 07/24/04. Second photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) travels south through Cloverdale to Hollins and Roanoke. Exit 150B provides a direct ramp to U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) north to Troutville. U.S. 220 travelers must use U.S. 11 south to Roanoke Road north under Interstate 81 to continue to Daleville and Fincastle. Photo taken 07/24/04.
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U.S. 220 travels 11 miles to the Botetourt County seat of Fincastle and 37 miles to Clifton Forge and its merge with Interstate 64 west. U.S. 11 continues along side Interstate 81 to Buchanan (Exit 167). Photo taken 07/24/04. Second photo taken 07/16/05.
Interstate 81 north
Interstate 81 continues past Troutville to the Exit 156 diamond interchange with Virginia Secondary 640 (Brughs Mill Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.
SSR 640 leads northwest from U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) and Interstate 81 (Exit 156) to U.S. 220 (Roanoke Road) south of Fincastle. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A short distance east of Exit 156, Interstate 81 enters the Cheseapeake Bay Watershed. All water from this point northeast flows toward the coastal bay. A southbound side rest area otherwise hugs the adjacent hillside. Photo taken 07/16/05.
North and Mill Mountains rise to the northwest of Interstate 81 along the Rockbridge County line. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) passes over Interstate 81 and lines the north side of the freeway to the Exit 162 parclo interchange west of Buchanan. Photo taken 07/24/04.
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There is no direct access to Virginia 43 from Interstate 81. Instead motorists must use U.S. 11 from Exit 162 to access the north-south route between Eagle Rock and Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo taken 07/24/04. Second photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 162 leaves Interstate 81 north for U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) north to Main Street in Buchanan and Virginia 43 (Narrow Passage Road north / Parkway Drive south). Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 crosses the James River on the south side of Purgatory Mountain. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 north
U.S. 11 follows Main Street and Lee Highway north from Virginia 43 (1st Street) in Buchanan to merge onto Interstate 81 at a wye interchange. Old U.S. 11 follows I-81 along a frontage road to the diamond interchange (Exit 168) with SSR 614 (Arcadia Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia Secondary 614 travels east from Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 (Exit 168) to Arcadia on the James River. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Continuing north within the shadow of Purgatory Mountain on Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 north. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Now within Rockbridge County, Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 near their split at Springfield (Exit 175). Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 loops east into Natural Bridge and north to Lexington. Natural Bridge derives its name from the Natural Bridge natural attraction. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 175 consists of a diamond interchange with a short access road returning U.S. 11 with its Lee Highway alignment east into Natural Bridge. Old U.S. 11 continues along side Interstate 81 south to Springfield to Exit 168. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 north
Interstate 81 bypasses Natural Bridge on the 15-mile drive to Lexington. Buena Vista appears for the connection with U.S. 60 east at Exit 188. Photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 11 leaves Natural Bridge along Lee Highway north to meet Interstate 81 again at the Exit 180 directional cloverleaf interchange at Fancy Hill. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 shifts again to the north of Interstate 81, following Lee Highway closely until Buffalo Creek, where the route turns westward to Buffalo Bend en route to Lexington. Photo taken 07/24/04.
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Sinking toward the crossing of Buffalo Creek on Interstate 81 north. Work expanded the freeway here in the mid-2000s. Photo taken 07/24/04. Second photo taken 07/16/05.
A six-ramp parclo interchange joins Interstate 81 with U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) at Exits 188A/B. U.S. 60 heads west to the independent city of Lexington and east to the independent city of Buena Vista. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 188A departs Interstate 81 north to carry traffic onto U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) east to Buena Vista and the Blue Ridge Parkway. U.S. 60 meets the north end of U.S. 501 in 3.7 miles. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) continues west from Exit 188B to Nelson Street into downtown Lexington. U.S. 60 parallels the Interstate 64 corridor west from Lexington to Rupert, West Virginia. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 64 travels east from Covington and Clifton Forge to merge with Interstate 81 north at Exit 191. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Road work widening the bridges of Interstate 81 over the Maury River in anticipation of an eventual six-laning in the mid-2000s. Interstate 81 otherwise meets Interstate 64 at a tri-level stack interchange near East Lexington. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interstate 64 west to Interstate 77 leads to the capital city of Charleston, West Virginia. The freeway also serves White Sulphur Springs and Beckley, West Virginia on the 118-mile drive to the West Virginia Turnpike. Photo taken 07/16/05.
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Exit 191 constitutes a left side off-ramp to Interstate 64 west. Interstate 64 next meets U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) north of East Lexington and Lexington. The freeway continues ultimately to Wentzville, Missouri. Photos taken 07/24/04.


 


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

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