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Interstate 85 South
The first southbound shield of Interstate 85 lies ahead of the ramp merge of Exit 51 of Interstate 95 south and the on-ramp from U.S. 460 Business (Wythe and Washington Streets) east of downtown Petersburg. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 South U.S. 460 West
Ramps from Interstate 95 north & U.S. 460 west combine with that of Interstate 95 south ahead of this shield assembly that includes a U.S. 460 cutout. Interstate 85 & U.S. 460 travel 6.4 miles west to their split near Addison. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 460 parallel Lieutenant Run west to the Exit 65 diamond interchange with Squirrel Level Road. The freeway passes over U.S. 301 Alternate (Sycamore Street) on the one mile approach to Exit 65. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Squirrel Level Road (SSR 613 south of Petersburg) travels south to Petersburg National Battlefield and north to Virginia 142 (Boydton Plank Road) east at the intersection with Youngs Road north. Wells Road south to Halifax Road (SSR 604) leads drivers to the Prince George County campus of Richard Bland College. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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A second set of Interstate 85 & U.S. 460 cutout shields are posted beyond Squirrel Level Road on-ramp. The first 4.6 miles of Interstate 85 constitute the southernmost portion of the original Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike. Photo taken 10/14/01. Second photo taken 07/09/10.
1.25 miles east of the Exit 63 six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 1 & 460 Business (Boydton Plank Road) on Interstate 85 south & U.S. 460 west at the Fort Lee Road over crossing. U.S. 1 & 460 Business combine in downtown Petersburg and travel Washington Street west through the Kennelworth section of Petersburg before exiting and meeting Interstate 85. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 south & U.S. 460 exit the independent city of Petersburg and enter Dinwiddie County just west of the Dupuy Road under crossing. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 63B provides the return access to Petersburg via U.S. 1 north & 460 Business (unsigned here) east. Exit 63A loops onto U.S. 1 south toward Virginia Motorsports Park, Pamplin Historical Park, and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier among other points of interest. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 460 Business ends at the Interstate 85 south & U.S. 460 westbound on-ramp from U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) south. U.S. 1 continues southward alongside Interstate 85 to South Hill and Henderson, North Carolina. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The final set of Interstate 85 south & U.S. 460 westbound shields resides on the 1.8-mile stretch between U.S. 460 Business and U.S. 460 leading west to Sutherland. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 460 leads westward from Interstate 85 and Petersburg to Blackstone, Farmville, and Lynchburg from the Exit 61 parclo interchange. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 85 turns southwest from the split with U.S. 460 and continues 52 miles to South Hill (U.S. 58) and 122 miles to Durham, North Carolina. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 460 exits Interstate 85 south via Exit 61 to Airport Street. Airport Street stems west from U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) as U.S. 460 Business to become the U.S. 460 mainline at Dinwiddie County Airport. U.S. 460 travels 30 miles west to Blackstone northwest of Fort Pickett. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 85 South
U.S. 1 travels under neath Interstate 85 ahead of this mileage sign posted 50 miles northeast of South Hill. The next major city along the corridor is Durham in 120 miles. Photo taken 07/11/05.
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A pair of rest areas lie along Interstate 85 between the SSR 660 (Quaker Road) and SSR 605 (Hunnicut Road) overpasses. These two facilities closed during the 2008 VDOT budget cuts but reopened in April 2010. Photos taken 07/11/05.
Southbound drivers continue to within one mile of the SSR 703 (Carson Road) parclo interchange east of Dinwiddie. Exit 53 serves interests to the Five Forks Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield via SSR 627 (Courthouse Road) north from U.S. 1 in Dinwiddie. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 53 departs Interstate 85 south for SSR 703 (Carson Road). Carson Road ends at U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) at the Dinwiddie County seat. Eastward, SSR 703 meanders 12 miles to Carson opposite the Exit 37 diamond interchange of Interstate 95 with SSR 623 and U.S. 301. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Interstate 85 bypasses by Dinwiddie on the five mile drive to DeWitt. SSR 619 continues Courthouse Road above the freeway on its southward trek from U.S. 1 to Wharfs Store. Photos taken 01/02/08.
SSR 650 (Hamilton Arms Road west / Hawkins Church Road east) crosses paths with Interstate 85 at the Exit 48 diamond interchange east of DeWitt. Photo taken 07/09/10.
SSR 650 (Hamilton Arms Road) joins U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) in an implied overlap through DeWitt before resuming a westerly course to Gunns Hill and SSR 610 (Old White Oak Road) north of Virginia 40 (McKenney Highway). East of Exit 48, SSR 650 follows Hawkins Church Road to Hamilton and an end at SSR 619 (Courthouse Road). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Continuing south along Interstate 85 six miles north of McKenney and 37 miles out from South Hill. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Virginia 40 joins Interstate 85 with the town of McKenney via Doyle Boulevard west from Exit 42. The state route follows the McKenney Highway outward from the town to Darvills to the northwest and toward Stony Creek and Sussex to the east. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 southbound reaches the Exit 42 off-ramp to Virginia 40 (Doyle Boulevard west / McKenney Highway east). Virginia 40 is a lengthy route, traveling 233 miles across southern reaches of the state from Virginia 8 at Woolwine to Virginia 10 at Spring Grove. Photo taken 07/11/05.
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Two miles separates Interstate 85 near McKenney with the Rawlings interchange (Exit 39). Photo taken 07/09/10. Second photo taken 07/11/05.
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SSR 712 (Old Stage Road) leads south from U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) to a diamond interchange with Interstate 85 south of the Nottoway River. Photos taken 07/09/10.
Exit 39 leaves Interstate 85 south just after the freeway crosses the Brunswick County line. SSR 712 north to U.S. 1 south to SSR 629 (Rawlings Road) carries drivers west to the settlement of Rawlings. SSR 712 (Old Stage Road) otherwise continues south to Smoky Ordinary and U.S. 58 at Edgerton. Photo taken 07/01/05.
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Continuing south along Interstate 85 toward Waqua Creek and Warfield from Exit 39. Photos taken 07/09/10.
Next in line for southbound Interstate 85 drivers is the Exit 34 diamond interchange with SSR 630 (Sturgeon Road) east of Warfield. Photo taken 07/09/10.
SSR 630 travels Sturgeon Road west to U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) at Sturgeonville and Waqua Creek Road north from there to SSR 629 east of Rawlings. Drivers bound for Warfield must follow U.S. 1 south to SSR 643 (Flat Rock Road west). South of Exit 34, SSR 630 ends at SSR 712 near Edgerton. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Reassurance shield posted for Interstate 85 south near the crossing of Sturgeon Creek after Exit 34. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A second set of rest areas along Interstate 85 in Virginia are situated along the freeway west of Poor House Road (SSR 642). Photo taken 07/11/05.
Alberta, the most populated community along the Interstate 85 corridor in Brunswick County, follows in six miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Reaching the rest area near Alberta on Interstate 85 south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) shifts sides with Interstate 85 outside Alberta at the Exit 28 diamond interchange. Virginia 46 intersects the US route nearby, but direct access it not available to the north-south route via Interstate 85 south. Photo taken 07/11/05.
SRa 46 (Christanna Highway) travels south from U.S. 1 eight miles to Lawrenceville and St. Paul's College. The Christanna campus of Southside Virginia Community College lies just north of U.S. 1 via SR 378 (Campus Drive) west. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 28 leaves Interstate 85 south for U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) to Virginia 46 (Christanna Highway). U.S. 1 and Virginia 46 meet just west of Alberta and Cochran.
Virginia 46 constitutes a multi-state route with North Carolina 46 south to Garysburg. The state route travels north to Danieltown and Blackstone, ending at Virginia 40. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Facing west along Interstate 85 between the Exit 28 on-ramp and half diamond interchange (Exit 27 for Interstate 85 north) with Virginia 46 (Christanna Highway). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Drivers enter Interstate 85 south from Virginia 46 directly and see this reassurance marker. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Meredithville lies three miles to the south via Interstate 85 and SSR 644. South Hill follows in 13 more miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
SSR 644 travels Brunswick Drive north from U.S. 1 (Boydton Plank Road) at Meredithville to Virginia 46 and its end at SSR 643 (Flat Rock Road). Photo taken 07/11/05.
Exit 24 joins Interstate 85 with SSR 644 at a diamond interchange. SSR 644 (Grandy Road) heads south from the final Brunswick County exit and Meredithville to Charlie Hope and U.S. 58 north of Diamond Grove. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Durham reappears on Interstate 85 southbound mileage sign 12 miles north of South Hill. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A set of truck weigh stations line the stretch of Interstate 85 between Exit 24 and the Mecklenburg County line. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 85 spans the Meherrin River and leaves Brunswick County shortly afterwords. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 1 (Mecklenburg Avenue) swaps sides with Interstate 85 again at the Exit 15 parclo interchange near Burnt Store. The US Route provides one of two routes into the city of South Hill. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 1 angles southwest from Exit 15 along Mecklenburg Avenue to Virginia 47 (Atlantic Street) and a merge with U.S. 58 Business from Atlantic Street onto Danville Street in downtown South Hill. Photo taken 07/11/05.
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Interstate 85 generally stays east of South Hill on the three mile drive between U.S. 1 and U.S. 58 (Exit 12). Photos taken 07/09/10.
A full cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 85 with U.S. 58 (Atlantic Street) and the westbound beginning of Virginia 47 at Exits 12B/A in east South Hill. U.S. 58 splits with a business loop following Atlantic Street and Virginia 47 northwest into the central business district and a freeway bypass west to the merge with U.S. 1 (Danville Street). Photo taken 07/09/10.
One half mile north of the Exit 12B off-ramp to U.S. 58 west and Virginia 47 north on Interstate 85 south. Virginia 47 begins and travels northwest from South Hill to Chase City and Pamplin City on its 60-mile routing. U.S. 58 meanwhile constitutes the longest signed route in the state at 509.4 miles between Cumberland Gap and Virginia Beach. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 12B departs Interstate 85 south and provides separate ramps for U.S. 58 west to Boydton and Clarksville and U.S. 58 Business west & Virginia 47 north along Atlantic Street into South Hill. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Ramps along the south side of U.S. 58 were added by 2000 during construction of the freeway bypass south of South Hill. Exit 12A loops onto U.S. 58 east directly to La Cross, Brodnax, Lawrenceville and Emporia. U.S. 58 follows a four-lane corridor eastward into Hampton Roads. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Henderson, North Carolina represents the next city of interest along Interstate 85 south beyond South Hill. Photos taken 07/09/10.
Nearing the diamond interchange (Exit 4) with SSR 903 (Highway Nine O Three) along I- 85 south. SSR 903 straddles the Lake Gaston area east through Bracey to Joyceville and Ebony. The route derives its number from N.C. 903, a state route continuing south from Elams to N.C. 411 east of Garland. Photo taken 07/11/05.
SSR 903 replaced SSR 637 in number from Bracey northwest to Smiths Crossroads and South Hill. Connections with SSR 615 (Redlawn Road) lead drivers west to U.S. 1 at Beechwood. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound mileage sign posted ahead of the Interstate 85 crossing of Lake Gaston (Roanoke River). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 first crosses the Roanoke River and then travels a causeway over shallower areas of Lake Gaston. This stretch of freeway opened in 1964. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Looking east from the causeway over Lake Gaston at the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 and a nearby abandoned bridge of the Seaboard Coast railroad Line. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Still in Virginia, southbound motorists see the one-mile guide sign for the diamond interchange (Exit 233) with U.S. 1 and U.S. 401 south. Extended north along side U.S. 1 from Norlina in 2001, U.S. 401 originates at I-85, two miles north of Wise. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 concludes its 68.84-mile trek through the Old Dominion and enters Warren County, North Carolina. Photo taken 07/09/10.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/14/01 by AARoads.
  • 07/01/05 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 07/11/05 by AARoads.
  • 01/02/08 by AARoads.
  • 07/09/10 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 95
U.S. 1
U.S. 58
U.S. 460

Page Updated 03-02-2011.