Interstate 81 South - Rockbridge & Botetourt Counties

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Interstate 81 South
Heading south toward the crossing of Maury River on Interstate 81 south. The freeway river bridges were rebuilt and expanded in anticipation of an eventual six-laning in the mid 2000s. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Natural Bridge lies 13 miles to the southwest, followed by Roanoke in 53 miles via Interstate 581 south. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Sinking toward the crossing of Buffalo Creek on Interstate 81 south. Work expanded the freeway here in the mid-2000s. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) crosses paths with Interstate 81 at the Exit 188 six-ramp parclo interchange east of Lexington. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Use Exit 188A for U.S. 60 east to the Blue Ridge Parkway east of Buena Vista. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 60 follows Midland Trail west to Nelson Street and downtown Lexington from Exit 188B. U.S. 60 loops northwest from the city to a merge with Interstate 64 west to Covington. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 188A loops onto U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) east to Buena Vista, U.S. 501 south, and Southern Virginia University. The US Route continues east to Amherst, Buckingham and Richmond. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Next in line for Interstate 81 south is U.S. 11 (Exit 180) at Fancy Hill. U.S. 11 exits Lexington by way of Buffalo bend before switching sides with the freeway en route to Natural Bridge. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 11 loops east into Natural Bridgebetween Exits 180 and 175. Natural Bridge derives its name from the Natural Bridge natural attraction. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 180B connects with adjacent U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) for northbound interests to Fancy Hill. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A left side ramp joins U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) southbound via Exit 180A of Interstate 81 south. U.S. 11 travels four miles south to Natural Bridge and Virginia 130 (Wert Faulkner Highway) east to Glasgow. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 11 returns to merge with Interstate 81 south at the Exit 175 diamond interchange east of Springfield. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 175 connects with U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) north back into Natural Bridge and old U.S. 11 southwest along Interstate 81 to Springfield. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 south
Reassurance shields, including a U.S. 11 cutout, posted between Exit 175 and the Virginia Secondary 693 (High Bridge Church Road) overpass at Springfield. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 11 follows Interstate 81 south to the Buchanan interchange (Exit 167). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 exit Rockbridge County for Botetourt County. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A short distance south of the Rockbridge County line is the Exit 168 diamond interchange with Virginia Secondary 614 (Arcadia Road). Photo taken 12/30/08.
SSR 614 begins at Interstate 81 & U.S. 11 (Exit 168) and winds eastward to Arcadia on the James River. Lee Highway (Old U.S. 11) parallels on the east side of the freeway. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 11 leaves Interstate 81 at wye interchange (Exit 167), rejoining Lee Highway southeast into Buchanan. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Buchanan resides between Purgatory and Cove Mountains along the James River south of Interstate 81. U.S. 11 follows Lee Highway onto Main Street town, joining Virginia 43 briefly. There is no direct access to Virginia 43 from the freeway. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 South
U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) exits Buchanan and meets Interstate 81 again at a parclo interchange (Exit 162). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 162 leaves Interstate 81 south for U.S. 11 (Lee Highway). U.S. 11 stays close to Interstate 81, switching sides with the freeway again between Exits 162 and 156. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Roanoke and Salem represent the next control cities of Interstate 81 south. Troutdale and Cloverdale lie along U.S. 11 between Exit 162 and Interstate 581. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 leaves the Chesapeake Bay Watershed ahead of the Troutville rest area. Photo taken 12/30/08.
The Troutville rest area serves southbound traffic only along Interstate 81. The facility was closed during the 2009 VDOT budget cuts but reopened in 2010. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Virginia Secondary 640 (Brughs Mill Road) travels north from U.S. 11 (Lee Highway), east of Troutville, to meet Interstate 81 at a diamond interchange (Exit 156). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 156 departs Interstate 81 south for SSR 640 (Brughs Mill Road). SSR 640 continues northwest from the freeway to end at U.S. 220 (Roanoke Road) south of Fincastle, the Botetourt County seat. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Bristol is now 152 miles to the southwest along Interstate 81. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 220 (Roanoke Road) heads south from Fincastle and Daleville to merge onto Interstate 81 at Exit 150. U.S. 220 Alternate also begins and follows Cloverdale Road southeast to U.S. 221 & 460 at Bonsack. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 220 travels from Interstate 81 37 miles to Clifton Forge from Exit 150B. Fincastle lies 11 miles to the north. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A pair of weigh stations reside along Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 south of their merge at Daleville. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Southbound at the directional cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 220 (Roanoke Road) north and U.S. 220 Alternate (Cloverdale Road) south. U.S. 220 travels 181 miles in Virginia between West Virgina north of Monterrey and North Carolina south of Ridgeway. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 150A loops onto U.S. 220 Alternate (Cloverdale Road) south to U.S. 11 (Lee Highway) nearby. U.S. 11 travels south three miles to Cloverdale while U.S. 220 Alternate continues 5.5 miles to its merge with U.S. 221 south & 460 west to Roanoke. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 south
Continuing into the metropolitan area of Roanoke, Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 next meet Virginia 115 south and Virginia Secondary 815 (Plantation Road) north at the Exit 146 diamond interchange. SSR 815 winds northward to Carvin Cove Reservoir. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 enters Roanoke County west of the Reservoir Road (SSR 648) under crossing beyond Tinker Mountain. Photo taken 12/30/08.


Photo Credits:

06/17/05, 12/30/08 by AARoads

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Interstate 64
U.S. 11
U.S. 60

Page Updated 04-14-2010.