Interstate 81 North
Exit 105 loops from Interstate 81 north onto SR 232 (1st Street). SR 605 (Little River Road) ties into the state route from the west. SR 605 heads south and crosses the Little River back into Pulaski County near Claytor Dam. 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. 07/16/05
After Radford, Interstate 81 northbound drivers next reach Christiansburg and Salem. 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. 07/16/05
SR 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.
SR 600 continues Tyler Road south from the freeway interchange to Childress. 07/16/05
Interstate 81 enters Christiansburg from the southwest while its companion U.S. 11 enters from Radford Road to the west. 07/16/05
The first of three interchanges serving Christiansburg is that of the Exit 114 diamond interchange with SR 8 (West Main Street). SR 8 provides direct access to downtown, including the Montgomery Museum and Art Center, via its end at U.S. 11 (Radford Street). 07/16/05
Exit 114 departs Interstate 81 north for SR 8 (West Main Street north / Riner Road south). SR 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. 07/16/05
A collector distributor system (Exits 118A/B/C) joins I-81 north with U.S. 460 west to Blacksburg, and U.S. 11 north / U.S. 460 (Roanoke Street) east to Shawsville. 07/16/05
Winchester appears for the first time on this mileage sign posted in Christiansburg. 07/16/05
Virginia Tech is north of Interstate 81 (Exit 118B) via U.S. 460 into Blacksburg. 07/16/05
U.S. 11/460 combine for 22.15 miles east from Christiansburg through Shawsville and Elliston to Ddowntown Salem. 07/16/05
U.S. 460 follows a freeway northward around both Christiansburg and Blacksburg. Separate freeways around the two cities were joined in 2003. 07/16/05
Exit 118B provides access to U.S. 11/460 Business (Roanoke Street) via a diamond interchange just north of Interstate 81. U.S. 11/460 Business follow Roanoke Street east from Downtown Christiansburg to Exit 118C. 07/16/05
Parkway Drive stems southwest from the U.S. 460 freeway end and Exit 118A to a business and technology park. 07/16/05
Parkway Drive also provides access to Falling Branch Road (SR 640) east before entering the business park. SR 640 was severed from Roanoke Street due to the 2001-opened U.S. 460 freeway south to Interstate 81. 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. 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. 07/16/05
Interstate 81 climbs across Pedlar Hills on the approach to Exit 128 with SR 603 (Northfork Road) to U.S. 11/460. 07/16/05
SR 603 meanders east from Ironto to a diamond interchange (Exit 128) with I-81. SR 603 continues to U.S. 11/460 east of Elliston and southwest of Lafayette. 07/16/05
A northbound only rest area on Interstate 81 north precedes the Roanoke County line. This facility was unaffected by the 2009-shut down due to VDOT budget cuts. 07/16/05
Continuing into Roanoke County, Salem and Roanoke follow in 10 and 18 miles respectively. 07/16/05
Exit 132 joins Interstate 81 with SR 647 (Dow Hollow Road) near Dixie Caverns and Riverside. 07/16/05
A diamond interchange (Exit 132) with SR 647 connects the freeway with U.S. 11/460 adjacent to Dixie Caverns and west of Glenvar. 07/16/05
A parclo interchange (Exit 137) joins I-81 with SR 112 (Wildwood Road) south and SR 619 north at the independent city of Salem. SR 112 is a 0.75-mile connector between I-81 and the commercial arterial along U.S. 11/460 (W Main Street). 07/16/05
Straddling the Salem city line, I-81 continues to within one mile of the parclo interchange (Exit 140) with SR 311 (Thompson Memorial Drive). SR 311 provides the most direct access to Downtown Salem via U.S. 460 (E Main Street) and U.S. 11 College Avenue). 07/16/05
SR 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. 07/16/05
One mile southwest of the parclo interchange (Exit 141) with SR 419 (Electric Road) on Interstate 81 north. SR 419 is an arterial route south from SR 311 at Hanging Rock to Cave Spring and south Roanoke. 07/16/05
Exit 141 loops away from I-81 to SR 419 (Electric Road) north to SR 311 or south to the Salem Civic Center (via U.S. 11 Alternate). SR 419 travels just 10.54 miles on a circuitious route around Roanoke. 07/16/05
Interstate 81 reenters Roanoke County and next meets I-581/U.S. 220 south to Roanoke Regional Airport and Downtown Roanoke (Exit 143). 07/24/04
Interstate 581 provides a seamless route to U.S. 220 southwest from Downtown to Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Mount and Martinsville. Points of interest served by Exit 143 include the Roanoke Valley Visitor Info Center, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Roanoke Civic Center, the Center in the Square and Virginia Western Community College. 07/24/04
Interstate 81 U.S. 220 North
U.S. 220 joins Interstate 81 north for 6.5 miles. U.S. 220 was relocated onto I-581 and 81 in 1966, and formerly overlapped with U.S. 11 north to Cloverdale.1 07/24/04
SR 115 (Plantation Road) ventures north from Hollins to end at I-81/U.S. 220 (Exit 146). The state route travels six miles south to U.S. 460, U.S. 221 and U.S. 220 Alternate (Orange Avenue) in Roanoke. 07/24/04
I-81/U.S. 220 ascend from the diamond interchange at Exit 150 to cross Carvin Creek toward Tinker Mountain. 07/24/04
Mileage sign posted after the Roanoke County line. Buchanan (Exit 167) is the next community of along Interstate 81. Weigh stations line both sides of Interstate 81 ahead. 07/24/04
U.S. 220 parts ways with Interstate 81 at a three quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 150A/B) outside Cloverdale. 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. 07/24/04, 07/16/05
U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) travels south through Cloverdale to Hollins and Roanoke. Exit 150B joins U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) north to Troutville. 07/24/04

  1. US 220 @ Virginia Highways Project.

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

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U.S. 460
U.S. 220

Page Updated 04-13-2010.

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