U.S. 29 Business - Lynchburg / Madison Heights

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U.S. 29 Business travels a portion of the Lynchburg Expressway and Amherst Highway from Lynchburg north through Madison Heights and Monroe. The current route of the business loop along the freeway in Lynchburg replaced a surface alignment along what is now Virginia 163. U.S. 29 Business shifted to the freeway in October 2005, when U.S. 29 was relocated onto the completed Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass.

U.S. 29 Business south
Entering the community of Monroe along U.S. 29 (Amherst Highway) south of Five Forks at Francis Avenue (former U.S. 29). Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 (Amherst Highway) transitions from a rural divided highway into a commercial arterial on the approach to Madison Heights. Pictured here is the approach to Virginia 130 (Elon Road west / Amelon Road east) at SSR 792 (Clearview Road) west. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Virginia 130 travels west to Elon, Glasgow, and its end at U.S. 11 in Natural Bridge. The state route travels 34.69 miles overall, ending at SSR 669 opposite the U.S. 29 freeway. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Virginia 130 originally ended at the traffic light with U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway), but saw an easterly extension over SSR 669 (Amelon Road) to a new alignment (Amelon Expressway) connecting with U.S. 29. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Commercialized U.S. 29 Business meets the beginning of the Lynchburg Expressway south of its split with Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway / former U.S. 29). Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 Business south - Lynchburg Expressway
U.S. 29 Business follows the Lynchburg Expressway southward toward downtown Lynchburg and Wards Road. Old U.S. 29 Business, now designated Virginia 163, continues along the Amherst Highway to 5th Street in the city. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A diamond interchange quickly follows between U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) and Virginia 210 (Colony Road). Virginia 210 comprises a short connector between Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway) and U.S. 29 (Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass) through the Madison Heights and Colony area. The state route originally originally ended at the Central Virginia Training Center, but now follows an expressway alignment east to U.S. 29. The spur to the training center is now a part of Virginia 334. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Southbound drivers lower toward the Lynchburg Expressway crossing of the James River into Lynchburg proper. Exit 1 lies one half mile ahead with Main Street south of downtown. Photo taken 06/05/05.
The James River separates Amherst County from the independent city of Lynchburg. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Concord Turnpike lines the James River and passes under U.S. 29 Business, ending at Washington and Jefferson Street in this northward facing scene. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A loop ramp carries all traffic interests to Main Street from U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) southbound. Main Street heads directly north into the central business district, eventually becoming Rivermont Avenue (former U.S. 501) northward to Rivermont. Main Street south joins the freeway with White Rock Hill and Florida Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 Business winds southward toward the Exit 2 folded diamond interchange with Miller Street and Robins Road. Mill Street connects the Lynchburg Expressway with Monroe Street north and Grace Street. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A swath of open space lines the westbound lanes of the Lynchburg Expressway by this southbound shield for U.S. 29 between Main and Grace Streets. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Grace Street travels west from Florida Avenue to a northerly path into downtown Lynchburg. Monroe Street connects Exit 2 with 12th Street and Virginia 163 (5th Street) at Park Avenue.
Next in line for U.S. 29 Business south is the north end of U.S. 221 and U.S. 460 Business & 501 Business (Exits 3A/B). Photo taken 06/05/05.
Exit 3A leaves U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) south for U.S. 221 south, U.S. 460 Business west & U.S. 501 Business north (Kemper Street). The trio travel northward to a turn on Fort and Park Avenues. Fort Avenue carries U.S. 460 Business west to Exit 10 of the Lynchburg Expressway. U.S. 221 follows Fort Avenue to Oakley Avenue north. U.S. 501 Business travels along Langhorne Road north to Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Exit 3B follows within the full cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 29 Business and Kemper Street. U.S. 460 Business east & 501 Business south continue on Kemper Street to its merge with Campbell Avenue at Fairview Heights. The pair end at U.S. 29-460-501 (Richmond Highway). Photo taken 06/05/05.
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U.S. 29 Business southbound emerges from underneath Campbell Avenue, an abandoned railroad bridge, and the Norfolk Southern Railroad overpasses on the one-fifth of a mile approach to Exit 4, Stadium Road. Stadium Road connects Carroll Avenue with Calvin Falwell Field, home of the Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League Baseball). Photos taken 06/05/05.
Drivers bound for Stadium Road depart U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) south. Stadium Road connects with Wythe Road north to U.S. 221 & 460 Business (Fort Avenue). Photo taken 06/05/05.
A loop ramp follows between U.S. 29 Business south and James Street. James Street connects Stadium Road with Carroll Avenue. Carroll Avenue meanders southward to Virginia 128 at Perkins Park. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Odd Fellows Road ties into the Lynchburg Expressway at the Exit 7 trumpet interchange next. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Heading southeast, Odd Fellows Road leads toward Virginia 128 (Mayflower Drive) at Perkins Park. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Reassurance shield that was posted for U.S. 29 south after the Odd Fellows Road on-ramp. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Continuing west along the Lynchburg Expressway toward the Exit 8 full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 501 south & Virginia 128 (Candlers Mountain Road). Photo taken 06/05/05.
Virginia 128 (Candlers Mountain Road) links U.S. 29 Business & 501 with Wards Road (Virginia 163 / former U.S. 29 Business). Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 501 & Virginia 128 (Candlers Mountain Road) combine briefly between the Lynchburg Expressway and Mayflower Drive by River Ridge Mall. U.S. 501 continues from there to its merge with U.S. 29 north & 460 (Liberty Mountain Road) east. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 29 Business south & U.S. 501 north - Lynchburg Expressway
U.S. 29 Business south & 501 north briefly overlap by River Ridge Mall between Candler Mountain Road and Wards Road south. Signed here as U.S. 29, U.S. 29 Business follows Wards Road back to U.S. 29 by Lynchburg Regional Airport. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 9 comprises a left side directional ramp from the Lynchburg Expressway south to Wards Road near Central Virginia Community College. U.S. 29 Business continues to Vista Acres before ending at U.S. 460. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Westbound on the Lynchburg Expressway at the split of U.S. 29 Business south from U.S. 501 north. Virginia 163 travels Wards Roads south from U.S. 460 Business and Fort Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business - Lynchburg south
U.S. 29 Business (Wards Road) enters a full cloverleaf interchange with its parent and U.S. 460 (Lynchburg Highway) south of Vista Acres and Wards Ferry Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business - Lynchburg north
U.S. 29 Business begins and follows Wards Road north from U.S. 29 & 460 to U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) at River Ridge Mall. A loop ramp carries drivers onto U.S. 460 (Lynchburg Highway) west in this scene toward Bedford and Roanoke. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Wards Ferry Road snakes its way northwest from U.S. 29 Business (Wards Road) to Vista and Southland Acres, ending at U.S. 460 Business (Timberlake Road) near Brookville. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business north & U.S. 501 south - Lynchburg Expressway
Candler Mountain Road begins and heads southeast from Wards Road (Virginia 163) as Virginia 128 to Exit 8 of the Lynchburg Expressway. U.S. 501 & Virginia 128 briefly merge by River Ridge Mall to Mayflower Drive and Candler Mountain Road south to Liberty University. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 joins the Lynchburg Expressway with U.S. 29 & 460 (Liberty Mountain Drive) via a four-lane arterial. Virginia 128 meanders east from the US highway to Perkins Park and Fairview Heights and west to Virginia 163 at Sheffield Drive. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business north - Lynchburg Expressway
Exit 8B loops onto Virginia 128 (Candler Mountain Road) leading west to Wards Road and its end at U.S. 460 Business & Virginia 163 (Fort Avenue) from U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Odd Fellows Road spurs east from the Lynchburg Expressway to Virginia 128 (Mayflover Drive) and the Perkins Park section of Lynchburg. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business northbound at the Exit 7 trumpet interchange with Odd Fellows Road. Virginia 128 concludes its 3.47-mile route east of Odd Fellows Road at U.S. 460 Business & 501 Business (Campbell Avenue) at Fairview Heights. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 6 follows and joins the Lynchburg Expressway with parallel Carroll Avenue near James Street. Carroll Avenue meanders northward from Virginia 128 (Mayflower Avenue) to 12th Street and Langhorne Road (U.S. 501 Business). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Most of the signs posted within the city of Lynchburg feature a one-piece design. This U.S. 29 reassurance marker was typical of the style. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 6 departs U.S. 29 Business north for Carroll Avenue to Stadium Road. Stadium Road travels west to Wythe Road and Calvin Falwell Field, home of the Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League Baseball). Photo taken 05/30/05.
A parclo interchange follows with James Street directly at Exit 5. James Street leads northwest from Carroll Avenue to Stadium Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A partial-diamond interchange brings traffic from Carroll Avenue onto U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) one half mile ahead of the Exit 3 full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 221, U.S. 460 Business, and U.S. 501 Business (Kemper Street). The junction represents U.S. 221's northern terminus. Photo taken 05/30/05.
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U.S. 29 Business drops below grade and passes under Campbell Avenue, an abandoned railroad overpass, and the Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Exit 3B departs immediately after the overpasses for U.S. 401 Business & 501 Business (Kemper Street) east. The business route overtakes Campbell Avenue en route to Fairview Heights and U.S. 29-460-501 (Richmond Highway). Photos taken 05/30/05.
Exit 3A loops onto Kemper Street north to the southbound beginning of U.S. 221 and continuation of U.S. 401 Business & 501 Business alon Kemper Street to 12h Street and Fort Avenue. U.S. 221 runs 158 miles within Virginia between Lynchburg and the North Carolina line south of Independence. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound drivers bound for Kemper Street depart U.S. 29 Business at Exit 3A. U.S. 460 Business travels 11.56 miles from U.S. 29-460-501 to New London. The route follows Kemper Street north to 12th Street and Fort Avenues west. U.S. 501 Business follows Kemper Street north to Fort Avenue west to Langhorne Road north to Dearington and Rivermont Avenue east of Peakland within the city. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The Lynchburg Expressway winds eastward toward downtown, next meeting Grace Street via a folded diamond interchange with Robins Road and Miller Street. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound reassurance shield that was posted for U.S. 29 near the Exit 2 off-ramp onto Robins Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Grace Street connects U.S. 29 Business with Florida Avenue to the east near White Rock Hill and Jackson Heights and downtown Lynchburg to the north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exits 1B/A follow with separate ramps to Main Street south of the central business district and north of White Rock Hill. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A loop ramp (Exit 1A) joins Main street north through downtown. Main Street historically represented a portion of U.S. 501 Alternate to Rivermont Avenue. This alignment was retired in 1990 when U.S. 501 shifted to its bypass alignment.1 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 1B ascends from U.S. 29 Business to Main Street south to Florida Avenue and Buena Vista Street. Motorists can connect with Concord Turnpike leading south along the James River to Pleasant Valley Boulevard and U.S. 29 & 460 (Richmond Highway). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway) descends toward its crossing of the Jame River beyond Exit 1A. Main Street travels through downtown to Virginia 163 (5th Street) before merging with Church Street to form Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 06/05/05.
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Spanning the James River along U.S. 29 Business north. The waterway separates the city of Lynchburg from Amherst County. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Continuing north, U.S. 29 enters Madison Heights and sees a diamond interchange with Virginia 210 (Colony Road). Virginia 210 travels north to Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway) and east to Colony and U.S. 29.
Both signs were altered since the time of this photograph: the left panel now displays U.S. 29 Business; the right hand panel now displays "TO Route 163". Virginia 163 follows the original path of U.S. 29, and later U.S. 29 Business, from Lynchburg through Madison Heights. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A half diamond interchange joins Virginia 163 (Amherst Highway) with U.S. 29 Business at the Lynchburg Expressway end. Virginia 163 loops east of U.S. 29 Business briefly before ending at the U.S. 29 over taking of Amherst Highway north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A sea of traffic lights await northbound drivers along U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway) after the freeway end. The first signal resides at the entrance to Riversize Plaza Shopping Center. The second represents the north end of Virginia 163 and Virginia Secondary 1040 (Lyttleton Lane) west to a residential area. Photo taken 05/30/05.
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Northbound traffic lowers from the merge with Virginia 163 to a traffic light with Virginia Secondary 681. SSR 681 spurs west along the residential Mays Street and east on Seminole Drive to SSR 833 (Wright Shop Road) near Wright Shop and City Gomingo. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Approaching Virginia 130 (Elon Road west / Amelon Road east) crosses paths with U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway) north at a commercialized intersection in north Madison Heights. The state route originally ended at U.S. 29 Business, traveling only westward to Elon, Glasgow, and Natural Bridge. An extension opened in 2005 to join it with the U.S. 29 Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia 130 overtook Virginia Secondary 669 (Amelon Road) briefly before joining a new four-lane Amelon Expressway linking Madison Heights with U.S. 29 and the rural intersection of SSR 670 (Izaak Walton Road) and SSR 669 (Glade Road). Overall the highway travels 34.69 miles between Madison Heights and U.S. 11 at Natural Bridge. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway) travels two miles north from Virginia 130 (Elon Road) to Monroe and ten miles to Amherst. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 730 (Oak Grove Drive) heads west from U.S. 29 Business to Winesap and SSR 705 (old Virginia 130). SSR 678 (Highwayview Drive) constitutes a short loop (original U.S. 29) to the east. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Just south of Monroe, U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway) expands to a four-lane divided highway at the intersection with Virginia Secondary 646 (Woodrow Avenue) west. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Descending into Monroe, U.S. 29 Business becomes more rural and approaches Virginia Secondary 1210 (Lynchburg Avenue) and SSR 1215 (Myrtle Street). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway) kisses the U.S. 29 Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass at its transition to the Amherst bypass. U.S. 29 Business turns northward onto Main Street, with ramps to both directions of the U.S. 29 freeway at Sweet Briar Station. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Sweet Briar Road was relocated due to construction of the U.S. 29 freeway to meet U.S. 29 Business (Amherst Highway) just west of its ramp to U.S. 29 south. Sweet Briar Road travels west to Sweet Briar College. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A look at the southbound U.S. 29 return ramp to Lynchburg a few months before completion. U.S. 29 shifted to its a new alignment in October 2005. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 overtakes becomes the Amherst Highway on its bypass of the county seat. The highway shifted to a freeway east of town in 1971.2 A folded diamond interchange joins the two highways as they cross paths with one another. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A directional ramp leaves U.S. 29 Business north for U.S. 29 (Amherst Highway) north to Colleen, Charlottesville, and Culpeper. A Norfolk-Southern Railroad line parallels nearby. Photo taken 05/30/05.

Sources:

  1. US 1 and branches @ Virginia Highways Project.
  2. US 29 @ Virginia Highways Project.


Photo Credits:

05/30/05, 06/05/05 by AARoads

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U.S. 501
U.S. 221
U.S. 29 Business - Lynchburg / Madison Heights
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