U.S. 33

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U.S. 33 and U.S. 250 follow Broad Street through Downtown Richmond before transitioning into Virginia 33 east of Interstate 95, U.S. 60, and U.S. 360.

U.S. 33 east
U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) travels a short distance east of Ruckersville to the Orange County line. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia Secondary 607 (Carpenters Mill Road) travels east from U.S. 29 in Greene County to end at U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) near Dickersons Lane (SSR 713). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 33 east & 522 south
Departing the intersection with Pendleton Road, U.S. 33 east & 522 south continue toward Cuckoo. Photo taken 12/26/06.
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U.S. 33 continues east 16 miles to Montpelier and 40 miles to Richmond. U.S. 522 resumes its southward course to Gum Spring, Goochland, and Powhatan. Photos taken 12/26/06.
U.S. 33 and 522 partition at Cuckoo. U.S. 522 crosses paths with Interstate 64 in 14 miles. U.S. 33 meets Virginia 54 in 18 miles. Photo taken 12/26/06.
U.S. 33 & 250 east
After uniting at the intersection of Broad Street and Staples Mill Road, U.S. 33-250 enter the city of Richmond. At that point, the city takes over maintenance of the roads and signs. Occasionally, cut out U.S. shields were found on these locally maintained segments, including this set of shields located along Broad Street as it enters Richmond. Photo taken 06/02/03.
Eastbound U.S. 33-250 approaches Virginia 197. Photo taken 06/02/03.
U.S. 33 & 250 (Broad Street) eastbound after Lafayette Street on the approach to Interstate 195.
Traveling below grade through this part of Richmond, Interstate 195 is not visible from Broad Street. Photo taken 06/02/03.
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Since replaced, these set of one-piece signs were posted along U.S. 33 & 250 (Broad Street) eastbound at the intersection with Fitzhugh Avenue's end and Kent Road south. Kent Road provides an alternate route to Interstate 195 (Beltine Expressway) south via Augusta Avenue east to Hamilton Street south and its freeway on-ramp.
Interstate 195 heads south to meet Virginia 76/Powhite Parkway and Virginia 195/Downtown Expressway (toll). Northbound Interstate 195 connects to both Interstates 64 and 95. Photo taken 06/02/03. Second photo taken 08/08/04.
A second trailblazer to Interstate 195 south stands at the U.S. 33 & 250 (Broad Street) eastbound intersection with Hamilton Street south. Hamilton Street parallels the freeway to Virginia 147 (Cary Street Road). Photo taken 08/08/04.
U.S. 33 and U.S. 250 next meet Sheppard Street to north Virginia 161 (Boulevard), a counter-intuitive connection preceding Boulevard. Photo taken 06/02/03.
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Approaching Virginia 161 (Boulevard) along U.S. 33 & 250 (Broad Street) east. Left turns are prohibited onto Boulevard north from Broad Street directly. Instead, drivers must use Sheppard Street north to Marshall Street east to join Virginia 161 north. Since corrected, this set of shields erroneously displayed Virginia 161 as U.S. 161. Photo taken 06/02/03. Second photo taken 08/08/04.
U.S. 33-250 meets southbound Virginia 161 directly one block later. Virginia 161 south crosses the James River, becoming Belt Boulevard and Bells Road en route to Interstate 95 Exit 69. This is the last state route intersection before U.S. 33 downgrades to Virginia 33 and separates from U.S. 250 (at Broad and Hancock). Photo taken 06/02/03.
U.S. 33 & 250 west
Heading west along Broad Street after the U.S. 33 & 250 intersection with Virginia 161 (Boulevard) and Sheppard Street. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Drivers bound for either direction of Interstate 195 (Beltline Expressway) from U.S. 33 & 250 (Broad Street) west can utilize Hamilton Boulevard. Photo taken 08/08/04.
U.S. 33 west
Westbound mileage sign and reassurance marker posted for U.S. 33 along Spotswood Trail west of the Orange County line. Ruckersville lies two miles ahead. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Entering Ruckersville, U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) approaches the signalized intersection with U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 consists of a four-lane divided highway throughout most of its Virginia state routing. The stretch through Ruckersville is no exception. The north-south route joins Charlottesville with Culpeper and Warrenton to the north. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) west at the turn for U.S. 29 (Seminole Trail) north. U.S. 29 continues ten miles to the Madison bypass. Southward, U.S. 29 reaches the outskirts of Charlottesville in 15 miles. U.S. 33 meanwhile widens into a four-lane divided highway en route to Stanardsville. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Straddling the south side of Little Ledge Mountain, U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) meets Virginia Secondary 646 (Blue Run Road). SSR 646 stems west to Runkle Mountain and Geer (SSR 610). Photo taken 06/05/05.
Virginia Secondary 610 (Dyke Road) follows and departs U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) west to Geer, Parker Mountain, and Dyke. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 33 narrows to two lanes on the ascent to Powell Mountain and Lydia. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) continues west from Lydia and enters Shenandoah National Park. The two-lane road winds along Swift Run between High Top (elevation 3,587 feet) and Saddleback Mountain. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A truck climbing lane joins U.S. 33 westbound on its ascent to Swift Run Gap. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Skyline Drive crosses over U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) at the Rockingham County line and Swift Run Gap. The parkway winds northeastward to Front Royal and southward to Waynesboro. Photo taken 06/05/05.
A one-quadrant interchange joins U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) with the National Park Service maintained Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive offers a scenic and controlled-access drive through Shenandoah National Park. Trucks and other commercial vehicles are not permitted along the route. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Westbound at the Swift Run Gap entrance to Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive continues south of Interstate 64 as the Blue Ridge Parkway to western North Carolina. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 33 Business - Stanardsville - west
Following Main Street, U.S. 33 Business travels a short distance from the west end of Virginia 230 (Wolftown Road) into downtown Stanardsville. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Ford Avenue (Virginia Secondary 1001) travels north from adjacent Stanard Street to Octonia Road (SSR 637) east of Little Ledge Mountain. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Virginia Secondary 622 leads south along Celt Road to Monroe High School and U.S. 33 (Stanardsville Bypass). A standard Virginia reassurance shield and mileage sign follow. The destinations featured are those of U.S. 33 leading northwest from the bypass to Elkton. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 33 Business (Spotswood Trail) returns to U.S. 33 (Stanardsville Bypass) just west of town. The four-lane divided highway opened to traffic by 2000. Photo taken 06/05/05.
Merging onto U.S. 33 (Spotswood Trail) west from the Stanardsville business loop. Photo taken 06/05/05.
U.S. 33 scenes
A pair of U.S. 33 shields direct travelers from the east end of Virginia Secondary 607 (Carpenters Mill Road) in Orange County. Photo taken 05/30/05.



Photo Credits:

  • 06/02/03 by AARoads.
  • 08/08/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 05/30/05 by AARoads.
  • 06/05/05 by AARoads.
  • 12/26/06 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 03-25-2010.