U.S. 1

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U.S. 1 starts out in southern Virginia as a rural route parallel to Interstate 85 from South Hill to Petersburg. The route primarily serves local traffic through Mecklenburg, Brunswick and Dinwiddie Counties while through traffic uses I-85. A few stretches of the route were widened to four lanes before the freeway was built.

North through Petersburg and Colonial Heights and again at Richmond, U.S. 1 is vastly more urban. The route parallels I-95 from these cities northward to Alexandria, again serving generally local or commuter traffic while the bulk of through travelers stay on the busy I-95. Beyond Fredericksburg U.S. 1 generally carries four lanes as a congested suburban arterial route into Northern Virginia.

U.S. 1 Virginia Highway Guides

U.S. 1 scenes
Virginia Secondary 637 (Old Indian Road) intersects U.S. 1 west of Meredithville and east of the Meherrin River. U.S. 1 widens to a four-lane divided highway on this stretch, a remnant from when the US highway was the main route between Raleigh and Richmond. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A full cloverleaf interchange joins Virginia 3 (William Street) with U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) in the city of Fredericksburg. Virginia 3 splits with Virginia 3 Business (William Street) for Blue and Gray Parkway around downtown Fredericksburg just east of U.S. 1. Photo taken 08/31/09.
Virginia Secondary 606 (Mudd Tavern Road) westbound meets U.S. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) at Thornburg west of the Exit 118 diamond interchange with Interstate 95. SSR 606 continues west from Thornburg along Morris Road to Snell. Photo taken 12/26/06.
U.S. 1 northbound shield posted along Curtis Drive east at Fraley Boulevard (U.S. 1) north and Graham Park Road east in Dumfries. U.S. 1 separates through the community on separate one-way streets. Photo taken 08/31/09.


  1. VA 241 to 260, Virginia Highways Project.

Photo Credits:

  • 12/26/06 by AARoads.
  • 08/31/09 by Will Weaver.
  • 06/01/12 by AARoads.

Page Updated 02-14-2013.