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Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 south
Continuing into the metropolitan area of Roanoke, Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 next meet Virginia 115 south and Virginia Secondary 815 (Plantation Road) north at the Exit 146 diamond interchange. SSR 815 winds northward to Carvin Cove Reservoir. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 enters Roanoke County west of the Reservoir Road (SSR 648) under crossing beyond Tinker Mountain. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 146 departs Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 at the Carvin Creek crossing just beyond the Botetourt County line. Virginia 115 travels south six miles to U.S. 221-460-220 Alternate (Orange Avenue) in Roanoke. Photo taken 12/30/08.
The final set of Interstate 81 & U.S. 220 reassurance shields, posted along the southbound freeway as it hugs Green Ridge. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Downtown Roanoke lies eight miles to the southeast via Interstate 581 & U.S. 220. Downtown Salem is an eight mile drive via Interstate 81 south to Virginia 311. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 581 constitutes a 6.64-mile spur connecting the independent city of Roanoke with Interstate 81 near Kingston. The freeway doubles as U.S. 220 for its entire length. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Diagrammatical overhead posted on the approach to the Exit 143 tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 581 & U.S. 220 south. Interstate 581 provides a seamless route to the U.S. 220 freeway southwest from downtown to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Rocky Mount, and Martinsville. Points of interest served by Exit 143 include the Roanoke Valley Visitor Info Center, Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, the Virginia Museum of Transportation, the Roanoke Civic Center, the Center in the Square, and Virginia Western Community College. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 143 departs from the left side of Interstate 81 south for Interstate 581 & U.S. 220. Green Ridge continues to rise on the west side of the freeway.
Interstate 581 meets Virginia 101 (Hershberger Road) in 2.6 miles to provide access to Roanoke Regional Airport.
U.S. 220 south from Roanoke doubles as the future corridor of Interstate 73. If ever signed in Virginia, the new route may incorporate the Interstate 581 freeway. 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.
U.S. 220 south
Continuing south from the Interstate 581 end, U.S. 220 winds above Williamson Road and Virginia 116 (Jefferson Street / Walnut Avenue). Photo taken 12/30/08.
West of the Virginia 116 under pass, U.S. 220 approaches a wye interchange with U.S. 220 Business (Franklin Road). The six-lane freeway parallels Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks westward before turning across the Roanoke River to Wonju Street. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Traffic from Franklin Road south merges onto U.S. 220 south ahead of the Roanoke River. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Brandon Avenue passes over U.S. 220 ahead of the Colonial Avenue southbound off-ramp. Colonial Avenue stems west from Brandon Avenue to Wonju Street and as SSR 720 outside Roanoke to Virginia 419 (Electric Road). Photo taken 07/24/04.
A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange joins Wonju Street directly with U.S. 220 south of Colonial Avenue. Wonju Street comprises a multi-lane arterial southward to U.S. 220 Business (Franklin Road) at Broadway Avenue. Photo taken 12/30/08.



Photo Credits:

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

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Interstate 81
Interstate 581
U.S. 11
U.S. 460

Page Updated 04-12-2010.