U.S. 60 - West

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U.S. 60 West
The westbound beginning of U.S. 60 occurs at the Rudee Inlet Bridge where General Booth Boulevard transitions into Pacific Avenue. This photo (taken northbound) looks at the Rudee Inlet bridge adjacent to the new Harbor Point Condominium Complex. General Booth Boulevard enters the intersection as a four lane arterial from Virginia 149 at Nimmo. An end sign was once posted for U.S. 60 at the south end of the bridge. The sign disappeared sometime after the 1970s however. A recent article posted in The Virginian-Pilot indicates that a new end sign will be posted.2 However as of January 18, 2004, no end sign is posted.3 Photo taken 04/13/01.
The first westbound reassurance shield at present for U.S. 60 is posted at the departure of the route from Atlantic Avenue at Fort Story. U.S. 60 camouflages along a four-lane parkway (Shore Drive) from here westward through First Landing State Park. The milepost 0 refers to the segment of U.S. 60 that bypasses Fort Story and not the actual eastern terminus.3 Otherwise Atlantic Avenue departs to the right (north) into Fort Story proper. The avenue remerges to end at U.S. 60 within First Landing State Park. Photo taken 04/13/01.
The eastern terminus of U.S. 460 (Granby Street) as seen from U.S. 60 (Ocean View Avenue) westbound. U.S. 460 travels north-south between Ocean View and downtown Norfolk along Granby Street and Monticello Avenue. Photo taken 01/06/01.
Approaching the northern terminus of U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue), U.S. 60 (29th Street) drivers see an Interstate 81 trailblazer for the Exit 188 interchange with the freeway near Lexington. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 501 begins and follows Beech Avenue south to Sycamore Avenue toward downtown Buena Vista. The US route stretches 110 miles from its beginning at U.S. 60 to the North Carolina state line near Cluster Springs. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Mast-arm supported traffic lights and a faded guide sign posted along U.S. 60 (29th Street) west at U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue) south in Buena Vista. U.S. 501 travels 67.5 miles south to the Lynchburg city line. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 60 (29th Street) west also meets Rockbridge Avenue north at U.S. 501's southbound beginning. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Westbound drivers dip below the Norfolk Southern Railroad line between U.S. 501 and junction SSR 631 (Long Hollow Road). Photo taken 06/17/05.
Reassurance shield posted for U.S. 60 (29th Street) west at span over Chalk Mine Run in Buena Vista. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Just outside of Buena Vista is the intersection with SSR 608 (Stuartsburg Road) north. SSR 608 constitutes a lengthy route from Stewartsburg to Stuarts Draft and Fishersville. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Crossing over the Maury River along U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) west. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 60 expands to accommodate a grassy median west of the river and meets the southern continuation of SSR 608 (Forge Road). SSR 608 continues to Mechanicsville, Buffalo Forge and Natural Bridge among other locations. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Westbound U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) reaches the Ben Salem Wayside on its parallel alignment to the Maury River between Buena Vista and Lexington. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A six-ramp parclo interchange joins U.S. 60 (Midland Trail) with Interstate 81 (Exit 188) east of Lexington. Interstate 81 merges with Interstate 64 east nearby on the 34-mile drive to Staunton. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 U.S. 60 West
White Rock, Dale, and Ragged Mountains join Coopers Knob and Forge Mountain to the north of Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Clifton Forge lies 24 miles to the west, beyond North, Brushy, and Mill Mountains. Charleston, the West Virginia capital, is 170 miles to the northwest via Interstate 77 north. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Westbound travelers increase in elevation onto North Mountain to the Exit 43 diamond interchange with SSR 780 (Scenic Drive). SSR 780 connects Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 with parallel SSR 850 (old U.S. 60) near California. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 43) with SSR 780 (Scenic Drive) on Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west. SSR 780 briefly overlaps with SSR 850 before continuing north to California and Virginia 39 at Goshen. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Reassurance shields posted along Interstate 64 west between Exit 43 and the Alleghany County line. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Clifton Forge is 17 miles ahead, followed by Covington, the Alleghany County seat, in 28 miles. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west parallel Simpson Creek in a valley between Brushy and North Mountains. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Truckers are advised to check their brakes before using the Exit 35 off-ramp to Virginia 269 (Longdale Furnace Road) west and SSR 850 (Mountain Road) east. Virginia 269 continues the former U.S. 60 alignment from Exit 35 through Longdale Furnace. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Virginia 269 travels 6.8 miles of old U.S. 60 between Exits 35 and 29 of Interstate 64. The state route was commissioned in 1984 when U.S. 60 shifted to the freeway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Drivers span Simpson Creek within the Exit 35 diamond interchange at Longdale Furnace. Photo taken 06/17/05.
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Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west encircle Mill Mountain westward to the Cowpasture River and Clifton Forge. Bearwallow, Rich Patch, and Horse Mountains rise to the west. Photos taken 06/17/05.
Virginia 269 ends opposite the northbound beginning of the north segment of Virginia 42 at Exit 29 near Longdale. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 29 facilitates the movements between Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west, Virginia 269 (Longdale Furnace Road) east, Virginia 42 (Forty Two Road) north and SSR 632 (Old U.S. 60) west. Virginia 42 lines Rough Mountain northeastward on the 17-mile drive to Millboro Springs. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 60 remains on the freeway and bypasses Clifton Forge between Exits 27 and 24. U.S. 60 Business follows the old alignment along Grafton, Main, and Ridgeway Streets town. SSR 632 (Longdale Furnace Road) ties in from the east; SSR 629 (Douthat Road) enters the diamond interchange from Douthat State Park to the north. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 27 represents the merge point of U.S. 220 north onto Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west to Covington. U.S. 220 enters Clifton Forge from Roanoke, Fincastle, and Iron Gate to the south. The US route utilizes a short expressway-like bypass from Cliftondale Park (Grafton Street) southward to its original Verge Street (U.S. 220 Business) alignment at Rainbow Gap. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 220 south & U.S. 60 Business west overlap briefly along Grafton Street between Exit 27 and a wye interchange. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 U.S. 60 West U.S. 220 North
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U.S. 220 north joins Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west for an 11-mile shared alignment into Covington. Lewisburg, West Virginia represents the next city of interest. Photos taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 60 Business (Main Street) merges with U.S. 220 Business at A Street in Clifton Forge. The two combine along Main Street west to Ridgeway Street to their end at Exit 24 of Interstate 64. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 24 departs Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west and U.S. 220 north at the Jackson River. Ridgeway Street connects the freeway with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to the west and the community of Selma and SSR 696 (old U.S. 60 & 220) to the east. Photo taken 06/17/05.
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Continuing west, Interstate 64 & U.S. 60-220 follow the Jackson River closely between Forest and Horse Mountains to Mallow, Fairlawn, and Covington. Photos taken 06/17/05.
A diamond interchange joins SSR 696 (Selma Low Moor Road) east with Interstate 64 & U.S. 60-220 at Low Moor. A frontage road (SSR 1101 / Winterberry Avenue) begins and travels west from the Exit 21 area to SSR 1104 as the original U.S. 60 & 220. Photo taken 06/17/05.
SSR 696 (Selma Low Moor Road) arcs southeast from Exit 21 to SSR 616 (Rich Patch Road) in Low Moor. SSR 616 constitutes a Virginia Scenic Byway southwest to Oriskany, Virginia Mineral Springs, and New Castle. Photo taken 06/17/05.
SSR 1101 (old U.S. 60-220) comes into view in this westbound scene after Low Moor. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Horse Mountain shadows Interstate 64 & U.S. 60-220 on the six-mile approach to Covington. Three interchanges serve the Allegheny County seat.
Roadwork in 2004 involved the reconstruction of the Jackson River bridges and construction of a permanent median barrier for Interstate 64 near Covington. The $11.5 million project began June 2002 and was completed by fall 2004.1 Photo taken 06/17/05.
A number of signs advise westbound motorists of the Exits 16A/B parclo interchange with Madison Street (U.S. 60 west & 220 north), SSR 647 (Mallow Road) south, SSR 648 (Horse Mountain View), and Valley Ridge Road (SSR 1104) east. Interests to the MeadWestvaco Corporation Covington plant should use Exit 16A to Interstate Drive and Mallow Road southwest. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 16B provides access to SSR 1104 (Valley Ridge Road) east of its split with U.S. 60 & 220 (Madison Street). Photo taken 06/17/05.
SSR 648 ventures south from Interstate 64 & U.S. 60-220 via Horse Mountain View to the Mallow Mall and residential areas bound by the Jackson River. SSR 647 stems west from Mallow to Virginia 18 (Carpaneter Drive) at Edgemont. Photo taken 06/17/05.
SSR 1104 (Valley Ridge Road / old U.S. 60 & 220) lines the westbound side of Interstate 64 & U.S. 60-220 ahead of Exit 16B. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 16B departs for the intersection of SSR 1104 (Valley Ridge Road) and Smokey Bear Lane. Exit 16 originally consisted of a single ramp directly with SSR 647/648. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 60 west & 220 north follow Madison Street west into the city of Covington. The two split at the intersection of Alleghany Avenue and Monroe Street, with U.S. 220 exiting the city to Hot Springs, Warm Springs, and Monterey. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Reassurance shield assembly posted for Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west on their third overlap within the state. Photo taken 06/17/05.
White Sulphur Springs, the split of U.S. 60 west from Interstate 64, follows in 13 miles. Lewisburg (U.S. 219) is a 26-mile drive. Photo taken 06/17/05.
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Heading west from the Exit 7 on-ramp from SSR 661 between Brushy Mountai nand Panther Ridge along Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 west. Photos taken 06/17/05.
Jerry's Run Trail (National Forest Road 59) meets Interstate 64 & U.S. 60 at the final Virginia exit by Batlick Mountain and Hickory Knob of the Brushy Mountains. The local road serves an isolated area inaccessible by any other road. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Charleston, West Virginia is 125 miles to the west via Interstate 64 west and Interstate 77 north from near the state line. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Entering Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Interstate 64 concludes its 297.62-mile routing within the Old Dominion. West Virginia's 188.75 miles of I-64 ranks second longest along the 950-mile plus road. Photo taken 06/17/05.

Sources:
  1. Kozel, Scott.
  2. "Highway's significance lost on new generation." The Virginian-Pilot, December 31, 2003.
  3. Froehlig, Adam.


Photo Credits:

01/06/01, 04/13/01, 06/17/05 by AARoads

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Interstate 81
Interstate 95
U.S. 11
U.S. 501
U.S. 13

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