A heavily traveled trucking corridor, as it provides part of a bypass of Washington, Baltimore and New York between the southeastern U.S. and New England states, Interstate 81 runs northeast along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains throughout the state of Virginia. Replacing U.S. 11, I-81 connects smaller and regional cities in western Virginia. These include Bristol, Wytheville, Lexington, Staunton and Winchester. Long term planning to address increasing freight travel and congestion included tolling options and adding truck only lanes.
Interstate 81 Virginia Guides
|Virginia Route 16 (Commerce Street) leaves a diamond interchange with Interstate 81 in Marion and continues through Marion to Tazewell, 33 miles to the north. Hungry Mother State Park lies four miles ahead.|
SR 217 spurs east from Commerce Street nearby to the Marion Correctional Center. Photo taken 10/02/10.
|Major Grahams Road (SSR 619) north at the southbound entrance ramp to I-81/U.S. 11 near Grahams Forge. Old U.S. 11 (East Lee Highway) lies ahead, with Draper Mountain beyond the SSR 619 end. Photo taken 10/02/10.|
10/02/10 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan
Page Updated 02-12-2013.