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The Valley View Interchange (Exit 3C) provides access to Valley View Mall from I-581/U.S. 220. The wye interchange was added in 1999, and redesigned into a diverging diamond interchange (DDI). $63.9-million in construction started in Summer 2014, expanded the previous partial interchange into a full access exchange. Work was completed formally with a ribbon cutting ceremony held on November 21, 2016. Associated work also added auxiliary lanes along I-581 from Exit 3C to Hershberger Road (Exits 3A/B).1

Interstate 581 U.S. 220 North
The U.S. 220 freeway brings commuters from Cave Spring into central Roanoke. Interstate 581 overlays the route northward from Exit 6. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Begin Interstate 581 northbound shield assembly posted below the Elm Avenue (Virginia 24) overpass. Exit numbers are unique in that they count down as one travels northbound. Additionally exits retain cardinal direction suffixes instead of alphabetical ones. Photo taken 12/30/08.
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Peering at the downtown skyline of Roanoke from the northbound lanes of Interstate 581 & U.S. 220. With a population of pop. 308,707 recorded in the 2010 census, the metropolitan area of Roanoke includes Botetourt County, Craig County, Franklin County, Roanoke County, Salem, Roanoke and the Town of Vinton. Photo taken 07/24/04. Second photo taken 07/16/05.
The first northbound reassurance shield of Interstate 581 on U.S. 220 northbound near the downtown Roanoke viaduct. The six-lane freeway elevates above the city street grid and associated railroad lines within the vicinity of Tazewell and Campbell Avenues. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 581/U.S. 220 pass over Campbell Avenue and a Norfolk Southern Railroad facility east of Downtown Roanoke. Photo taken 12/30/08.
The cloverleaf interchange between I-581/U.S. 220 and U.S. 460 serves the Roanoke Civic Center, former home of the Roanoke Express ECHL franchise until its collapse in 2004 and the Roanoke Dazzle NBDL franchise that folded in 2006. The venue is also home to regional trade shows and concerts. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 4E shield assembly referencing the other routes served by the forth coming off-ramp. U.S. 460 doubles as U.S. 11 Alternate between U.S. 11 (Williamson Road) in Roanoke and Virginia 419 (Electric Road) in Salem. U.S. 220 Alternate follows U.S. 460 (Orange Avenue) east from the city to Bonsack and north to Interstate 81 (Exit 150). U.S. 221 passes under Interstate 581 south of the civic center with U.S. 11 & Virginia 116. Photo taken 12/30/08.
I-581/U.S. 220 northbound at Exit 4E to U.S. 460 east, U.S. 11 Alternate north, SR 116 south (Orange Avenue) and the Roanoke Civic Center. U.S. 220 Business begins here as well, joining the three eastward to U.S. 11/221 (Williamson Road). U.S. 221/460 overlap east through Bonsack and Bedford. U.S. 220 Business follows Williamson Road south into Downtown. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Replaced guide signs on the Exit 4E sign bridge of Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 north. U.S. 11 (Wiliamson Road) passes under the freeway without direct access on its path from downtown to Hollins.
Use Exit 4E also for the Roanoke Higher Education Center and the Roanoke Conference Center. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Traffic departs Interstate 581 & U.S. Highway 220 northbound for U.S. 460 (Orange Avenue) at the Exit 4W loop ramp. U.S. 460 & Virginia 116 overlap 2.3 miles along Orange Avenue between Lafayette Street and U.S. 11-221-220 Business (Williamson Road). The tandem skirt the northern reaches of the Roanoke central business district west of the freeway. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Roanoke Regional Airport is served by the next three interchanges (Exits 3C, 3E-W, 2N-S) along I-581/U.S. 220 Photo taken 12/30/08.
0.75-mile guide sign for Exit 3C (Valley View Boulevard) posted at the Liberty Road over crossing of Interstate 581 & U.S. 220. The off-ramp to Valley View Boulevard opened to traffic in the early 2000s to provide an alternate route to Roanoke Regional Airport. The exit consists of a wye interchange with no northbound return access. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Valley View Boulevard travels north from Exit 3C to Valley View Mall and Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road) at Aviation Drive. Pictured here is the northbound off-ramp to the Valley View Boulevard connector road. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Like Exit 4E/W with U.S. 460, Exit 3E/W consists of a full cloverleaf interchange. Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 intersect Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road), an arterial/expressway with off-ramps to the Roanoke Regional Airport. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 2E leaves Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 northbound for Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road) eastbound. Hershberger Road carries the state route one mile eastward to U.S. 11 (Williamson Road) south of Virginia 118 (Airport Road). Off-ramps exist for a nearby shopping center, Valley View Boulevard south, and Aviation Drive north. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 3W loops onto Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road) west to its end at Virginia 117 (Peters CreekRoad) Photo taken 12/30/08.
Northbound reassurance shields on the stretch between Virginia 101 and Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road). The six-lane freeway skims the western reaches of Roanoke Regional Airport en route to the Exit 2N/S cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 12/30/08.
One half mile south of the Exit 2N off-ramp to Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road) northbound. Virginia 117 loops eight miles along Peters Creek Road between U.S. 11 through the city of Roanoke. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 2N carries motorists onto Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road) northbound. Peters Creek Road intersects the north end of Virginia 118 (Airport Road) in 1.25 miles and U.S. 11 (Williamson Road) in 2.25 miles. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 exit the city of Roanoke at the Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road) overpass. Virginia 117 straddles the city line west from Kingston to Medley before entering the city north of U.S. 460 & 11 Alternate (Orange Avenue). Photo taken 12/30/08.
The final reassurance shield of Interstate 581 resides within one half mile of the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 81 (Exits 1N/S). Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 220 turns northward onto Interstate 81 for a seven mile overlap to Cloverdale and Daleville. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 581 ends as the mainline splits for Exit 1N (I-81 & U.S. 220 north) and Exit 1S (I-81 south). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Salem joins Bristol as a control city for Interstate 81 south. Salem is an independent city adjacent to Roanoke to the west. Lexington represents the Interstate 81 merge with Interstate 64, situated 48 miles to the north. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A look at the previous set of guide signs posted at the Interstate 581 northbound partition at Exits 1N/1S. U.S. 220 follows Interstate 81 north to Exit 150 (U.S. 220 Alternate / Cloverdale Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.
Traveling the off-ramp (Exit 1S) onto Interstate 81 south. Passing above is the I-81 & U.S. 220 southbound off-ramp to Roanoke and I-81 northbound mainline. Although Salem and Bristol were mentioned on the Exit 1S overhead, I-81 joins I-77, 62 miles to the southwest outside of Wytheville. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 581 U.S. 220 South
Heading south from Interstate 81 along Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south near Kingston. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Meeting Interstate 581 first is Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road) at a full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 2S/N). Photo taken 07/16/05.
Exit 2S carries drivers onto Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road) south to Medley and U.S. 460 (Orange Avenue) near Sunset Village and Edgewood in west Roanoke. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 enter the city of Roanoke at the Exit 2N ramp departure to Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road) north. Virginia 117 continues 2.6 miles to its end at U.S. 11 (Williamson Road) at Hollins. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Runway lights rise above Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south as the freeway passes by Roanoke Regional Airport. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road) provides access to Roanoke Regional Airport via its interchange with Airport Drive north near Exit 3E. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road) travels west from Exit 3W to Virginia 117 (Peters Creek Road). The route measures just three miles between Peters Creek Road and U.S. 11 (Williamson Road). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Heading east, Virginia 101 travels a brief expressway between Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 and the exit with Airport Drive north and Valley View Boulevard south. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Continuing south along Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 adjacent to Valley View Mall. Photo taken 07/16/05.
A wye interchange adds traffic onto Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south from Valley View Boulevard. Next in line for southbound travelers is the full cloverleaf interchange (Exit 4) with U.S. 460, U.S. 11 Alternate, and Virginia 116 (Orange Avenue). Photo taken 07/16/05.
Reassurance shields for Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south posted after the Valley View Boulevard on-ramp and 10th Street under pass. Through traffic is advised to use the left-two lanes through Exits 4W/4E. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Nearing the Exit 4W off-ramp to U.S. 460 (Orange Avenue) west. U.S. 460 doubles as U.S. 11 Alternate between Williamson Road (U.S. 11, 220 Business, 221) and Virginia 419 (Electric Avenue) in Salem. Virginia 116 travels east along U.S. 460 between Lafayette Boulevard and Williamson Road south as well. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 4W departs Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south for U.S. 460 west, U.S. 11 Alternate south, and Virginia 116 north along Orange Avenue. U.S. 460 follows Orange Avenue west to Salem Turnpike and Melrose Avenue en route to downtown Salem. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Interests to Roanoke Civic Center, represented by the sign with the diamond array, are directed to use U.S. 460 (Orange Avenue) east to U.S. 11-220 Business-221 & SR 116 south on Williamson Road. U.S. 221 north joins U.S. 460 east from Williamson Road to Bonsack and Bedford. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 5 provides a direct route to downtown Roanoke via U.S. 11, U.S. 220 Business, and Virginia 116 (Williamson Road) south. Points of interest include the Historic Market District, the Center In The Square complex, the Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center, the Roanoke Higher Education Center, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, and the Roanoke Conference Center. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 5 consists of a southbound only ramp directly onto Williamson Road southbound ahead of its viaduct over the Norfolk Southern Railroad into downtown. U.S. 11, U.S. 220 Business, U.S. 221 and Virginia 116 follow Williamson Road south from U.S. 460 (Orange Avenue) to Campbell Avenue (split of U.S. 11 south) and Franklin Road.
Note the sign changes from 2004 to 2005. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Continuing southbound on Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 over Kimball Avenue at the 0.75-mile overhead for the upcoming diamond interchange with Virginia 24 (Elm Avenue). Virginia 24 travels west from the town of Vinton into Roanoke where it ends at Virginia 116 (Jefferson Street). Photo taken 07/24/04.
A portion of the Roanoke skyline comes into view in this scene along the viaduct over the Norfolk Southern Railroad facility and Campbell Avenue east of U.S. 11. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Traffic to Virginia 24 (Elm Avenue) departs Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 southbound at the Tazewell Avenue undercrossing. Elm Avenue becomes a part of U.S. 221 south from downtown Roanoke between Franklin Road (U.S. 220 Business) and Main Street across the Roanoke River. Virginia 24 travels 94 miles from Roanoke to U.S. 60 at Mt. Rush otherwise. Photo taken 07/24/04.
End shield and milepost zero posted for Interstate 581 southbound at the SR 24 (Elm Avenue) over crossing. The U.S. 220 freeway continues a short distance to Cave Spring and an interchange with U.S. 220 Business (Franklin Road) and SR 419 (Electric Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.


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07/24/04, 07/16/05, 12/30/08 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 81
U.S. 220
U.S. 11
U.S. 221
State Route 101 - Hershberger Road
State Route 116

Page Updated 11-28-2016.