Interstate 81 South - Augusta County

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Interstate 81 south
1.4 miles south of the Rockingham County line, Interstate 81 meets Virginia 256 at a diamond interchange (Exit 235). Virginia 256 extends east from Exit 235 to Weyers Cave (Virginia 276) and Grottoes (U.S. 340). Photo taken 06/06/04.
Exit 235 leaves Interstate 81 south for Virginia 256 (Weyers Cave Road). Weyers Cove Road ties into U.S. 11 to the immediate west. Photo taken 06/06/04.
A large power transmission line passes over Interstate 81 as it approaches an exit for a rest area in the Shenandoah Valley. Photo taken 06/06/04.
Southbound Interstate 81 at the Augusta County rest area near milepost 231. The succeeding facility lies just south of Exit 200 at milepost 199. Photo taken 06/06/04.
A diamond interchange (Exit 227) joins Interstate 81 with Virginia Secondary 612 near Verona in one mile. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Southbound Interstate 81 reaches Exit 227 for SSR 612 west to Verona and U.S. 11. Beyond there, SSR 612 continues to meet U.S. 250 northwest of Staunton. The route provides a shorter, rural alternative to Churchville and West Augusta. Photo taken 06/06/04.
The first exit for the city of Staunton along I-81 south connects with Virginia 262. Virginia 262 forms a bypass around the western side of Staunton between Exits 225 and 220. Displayed here was Virginia 275, the predecessor to Virginia 262 on the north side of Staunton. Photo taken 06/06/04.
Virginia 262 (Woodrow Wilson Parkway) travels west from Exit 225 west to U.S. 11 at Staunton and east to Virginia 254 southeast for Waynesboro. There is no direct connection from Interstate 81 to Virginia 254.
A limited access highway, Virginia 262 has some motorist services available. The 13.70-mile loop was fully completed by August 2006. When it opened, it replaced Virginia 262 from U.S. 250 east to Virginia 254. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Continuing south, Interstate 81 advances two miles to Exit 222 with U.S. 250 east to Waynesboro and west into the city of Staunton. Photo taken 06/06/04.
Following the U.S. 250 interchange (Exit 222) is the interchange with Interstate 64 (Exit 221). Interstate 64 extends east to Richmond and Hampton Roads; westbound, it merges with Interstate 81 south. Photo taken 06/06/04.
Use Exit 222/U.S. 250 west to reach the city of Staunton/Augusta County Tourist Information Center. Information is also available on the radio at 1620 AM. The city of Staunton is the home to former President Woodrow Wilson, and it is the "Queen City" on the Great Wagon Road between the Blue Ridge and the Alleghenies, located in the Shenandoah Valley. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Use Interstate 64 east to reach the Skyline Drive, which follows the ridge of Shenandoah National Park from near Waynesboro (via Interstate 64 east to Exit 99/U.S. 250) north to Front Royal. Built in the 1930s, on a clear day Skyline Drive affords one of the best views in all of Virginia.
In addition to connecting to the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, Interstate 64 also meets the northern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Exit 99. The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains from Great Smoky Mountains National Park south entrance near Cherokee, North Carolina, northeast into Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway changes into Skyline Drive upon entering Shenandoah National Park north of Interstate 64 Exit 99. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 222 parts ways with I-81 south for U.S. 250. U.S. 250 is a diagonal route that originates in Sandusky, Ohio, and follows a southeasterly route through Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. It meets its parent route, U.S. 50, in Pruntytown, West Virginia (just west of Grafton). U.S. 250 serves the communities of Norwalk, Ashland, Wooster, Dover, New Philadelphia, and Uhrichsville in Ohio; Wheeling, Fairmount, Philippi, and Elkins in West Virginia; and Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, and Richmond in Virginia. U.S. 250 concludes at U.S. 60 just in Richmond. The subsequent exit is with Interstate 64 east. Note the uncommon distance of "4/5 mile". Photo taken 12/30/08.
Signs posted at the base of the Exit 222 off-ramp reference Fishersville and Waynesboro for U.S. 250 east and Staunton for U.S. 250 west. Beyond Staunton, U.S. 250 heads toward West Virginia, passing by Churchville, Shenandoah Mountain (elevation 3,760 feet), and Monterey in Highland County. U.S. 250 reaches a summit of 4,271 feet at the state line. Photo taken 06/06/04.
Interstate 64 is a major east-west freeway corridor, originating west of St. Louis, Missouri, and extending east across the southern tier of Illinois and Indiana before entering the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. Entering West Virginia, Interstate 64 enters the commonwealth of Virginia near Callaghan, and it bisects the state. Interstate 64 serves the communities of Covington, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, Richmond, Williamsburg/Jamestown, and the Hampton Roads region. Exit 221 provides access to Interstate 64 east to Richmond and the Hampton Roads, and westbound Interstate 64 merges with Interstate 81 southwest toward Lexington. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Drivers bound for Interstate 64 east to Waynesboro and Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, depart Interstate 81 south at Exit 221. Interstate 64 east passes Skyline Drive before descending toward Richmond and ultimately Hampton Roads (Newport News, Norfolk) and terminating at its interchange with Interstate 264, Interstate 664, and U.S. 58. A tri-level stack joins the two freeways here. Photo taken 12/30/08.


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06/06/04, 12/30/08 by AARoads

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