Interstate 81 North - Montgomery & Roanoke Counties

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Interstate 81 North
Exit 105 loops from Interstate 81 north to form the beginning of Virginia 232 (1st Street). SSR 605 (Little River Road) ties into the fledgling route from the west. SSR 605 heads south and crosses the Little River back into Pulaski County near Claytor Dam. Photo taken 07/16/05.
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Interstate 81 stays just south of the Radford independent city line in the shadow of Ingles Mountain. The highway grade mandates commercial trucks to use the right lane when traveling at or below 50 mph. Photos taken 07/16/05.
After Radford, Interstate 81 northbound drivers next reach Christiansburg and Salem. Photo taken 07/16/05.
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A pair of rest areas reside along Interstate 81 ahead of the Exit 109 diamond interchange southeast of Radford. The northbound facility closed in July 2009 due to budget cuts by VDOT but reopened on February 17, 2010. Photos taken 07/16/05.
Virginia 177 stems southeast from U.S. 11 (Main Street) at Radford University via Tyler Avenue and Tyler Road to end at Interstate 81 (Exit 109). The state route travels 4.41 miles between its respective end points.
SSR 600 continues Tyler Road south from the freeway interchange to Childress. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interstate 81 enters Christiansburg from the southwest while its companion U.S. 11 enters from Radford Road to the west. Photo taken 07/16/05.
The first of three interchanges serving Christiansburg is that of the Exit 114 diamond interchange with Virginia 8 (West Main Street). Virginia 8 provides direct access to downtown, including the Montgomery Museum and Art Center, via its end at U.S. 11 (Radford Street). Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 114 departs Interstate 81 north for Virginia 8 (West Main Street north / Riner Road south). Virginia 8 is a multistate route between Christiansburg and New London, North Carolina. The state route travels south to Floyd and the Blue Ridge Parkway along its 55.89 mile journey. Photo taken 07/16/05.
A collector distributor system (Exits 118A/B/C) prepares to split from Interstate 81 north to facilitate movements to U.S. 460 west to Blacksburg, and U.S. 11 north & 460 (Roanoke Street) east to Shawsville. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Winchester appears for the first time on this mileage sign posted in Christiansburg. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interests to Virginia Tech should follow the U.S. 460 freeway north from Interstate 81 (Exit 118B) directly to Blacksburg. Photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 11 north & 460 east combine for 22.15 miles east from Christiansburg through Shawsville and Elliston to downtown Salem. Photo taken 07/16/05.
All traffic movements to U.S. 11 and 460 leave Interstate 81 in unison at the Exit 118 c/d roadway beginning. U.S. 460 follows a freeway northward around both Christiansburg and Blacksburg. Separate freeways around the two cities were joined in 2003. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 118B provides access to U.S. 11 & U.S. 460 Business (Roanoke Street) via a diamond interchange just north of Interstate 81. U.S. 11 & 460 Business travel Roanoke Street east from downtown Christiansburg to Exit 118C. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Parkway Drive stems southwest from the U.S. 460 freeway end via Exit 118A to a business and technology park. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Parkway Drive also provides access to Falling Branch Road (SSR 640) east before entering the business park. SSR 640 was severed from Roanoke Street due to the 2001-opened U.S. 460 freeway south to Interstate 81. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 118B loops onto U.S. 460 west through Christiansburg to Blacksburg. U.S. 460 leaves the area en route to Newport, Pearisburg, and Princeton, West Virginia. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 118C follows as a six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 11 (Roanoke Street). U.S. 460 Business ends from the commercial strip to the west as U.S. 460 joins U.S. 11 to the east through Shawsville. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interstate 81 climbs across Pedlar Hills on the approach to Exit 128 with SSR 603 (Northfork Road) to U.S. 11 & 460. Photo taken 07/16/05.
SSR 603 meanders east from Ironto to cross paths with Interstate 81 at a diamond interchange (Exit 128). SSR 603 continues to its end at U.S. 11 & 460 east of Elliston and southwest of Lafayette. Photo taken 07/16/05.
A northbound only rest area lies along Interstate 81 north just west of the Roanoke County line. This facility was unaffected by the 2009-shut down due to VDOT budget cuts. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Now within Roanoke County, Salem and Roanoke follow in 10 and 18 miles respectively. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 132 joins Interstate 81 with SSR 647 (Dow Hollow Road) near Dixie Caverns and Riverside. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Northbound Interstate 81 at the Exit 132 diamond interchange with SSR 647. SSR 647 connects the freeway with U.S. 11 & 460 adjacent to Dixie Caverns and west of Glenvar. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Next in line for northbound drivers is the Exit 137 parclo interchange with Virginia 112 (Wildwood Road) south and SSR 619 north at the independent city of Salem. Virginia 112 exists as a 0.75-mile connector between Interstate 81 and the commercial arterial of U.S. 11 & 460 (West Main Street). Photo taken 07/16/05.
Straddling the Salem city line, Interstate 81 continues to within one mile of the parclo interchange (Exit 140) with Virginia 311 (Thompson Memorial Drive). Virginia 311 provides the most direct access to Downtown Salem via U.S. 460 (East Main Street) and its south end at U.S. 11 College Avenue). Photo taken 07/16/05.
Virginia 311 continues north from Exit 140 to Catawba, New Castle, and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The highway was signed as a state route extension of the short-lived U.S. 311. Photo taken 07/16/05.
One mile southwest of the Exit 141 parclo interchange with Virginia 419 (Electric Road) on Interstate 81 north. Virginia 419 provides an arterial route south from Virginia 311 at Hanging Rock to Cave Spring and south Roanoke. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Drivers bound for Virginia 419 (Electric Road) north to Virginia 311 or south to the Salem Civic Center (via U.S. 11 Alternate) loop away from Interstate 81 north. Virginia 419 travels just 10.54 miles on a circuitious route around Roanoke. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interstate 81 reenters Roanoke County completely and next meets Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south to Roanoke Regional Airport and Downtown Roanoke (Exit 143). Photo taken 07/24/04.
A tri-level stack joins Interstate 81 with its spur into Roanoke. Interstate 581 provides a seamless route to the U.S. 220 freeway southwest from downtown to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Mount, and Martinsville. Points of interest also served by Exit 143 include the Roanoke Valley Visitor Info Center, Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Roanoke Civic Center, the Center in the Square, and Virginia Western Community College. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 U.S. 220 North
U.S. 220 joins Interstate 81 north for 6.5 miles. The US route was relocated onto Interstates 581 and 81 in 1966, abandoning an overlap with U.S. 11 north to Cloverdale.1 Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 115 (Plantation Road) ventures north from Hollins to end at Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 (Exit 146). The state route travels six miles south to end at U.S. 460, U.S. 221, and U.S. 220 Alternate (Orange Avenue) in Roanoke. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 ascend from the diamond interchange at Exit 150 to cross Carvin Creek toward Tinker Mountain. Photo taken 07/24/04.



  1. US 220 @ Virginia Highways Project.

Photo Credits:

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

Connect with:
Interstate 581
U.S. 11
U.S. 460
U.S. 220

Page Updated 04-13-2010.