U.S. 301

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The Governor Harry Nice Bridge from Dahlgren Wayside Park along the west bank of the Potomac River. Managed by the Maryland Transportation Authority and almost entirely within the state of Maryland, the 1.7 mile long bridge consists of a low level causeway at the west end and a high rise span for ships east of center. 06/01/04

U.S. 301 runs 148.0 miles through Virginia from the North Carolina state line south of Skippers to the Governor Harry Nice Memorial Bridge spanning the Potomac River. U.S. 301 in southern Virginia parallels Interstate 95 closely, from Emporia to Jarratt, Stony Creek, Carson and Petersburg. I-95 around Emporia was routed over the original U.S. 301 bypass for the independent city.

Through Petersburg, U.S. 301 follows S Crater Road north to I-95 at U.S. 460 Business (Winfield Road). U.S. 301/460 Business overlap northward from Exit 50B to the couplet of Washington/Wythe Streets east of Downtown. U.S. 301 continues along N Crater Road to a one way couplet with SR 36 along Bollingbrook Street west and Bank Street east. The separate directions of U.S. 301 recombine along 2nd Street (U.S. 1) northward to cross the Appomattox River into the city of Colonial Heights.

U.S. 1/301 overlap from Petersburg north into the capital city of Richmond. The two part ways at North Side in Richmond, with U.S. 1 branching west along Azalea Avenue to Brook Road and U.S. 301 remaining along Chamberlayne Avenue northeast. U.S. 301 shifts east of I-95, following a rural course north to Hanover and Bowling Green.

Virginia State Route 207 provides part of a four lane corridor northeast from I-95 to the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton Bridge with U.S. 301 at Bowling Green. U.S. 301 expands to four lanes through Fort A.P. Hill to U.S. 17 at Port Royal. Opened to traffic in December 1940, U.S. 301 crosses the Potomac River on a narrow two lane toll bridge.

Construction on the Nice/Middleton Bridge Project replaces the narrow continuous truss bridge with a 1.9 mile long span. Work on the new high rise span linking Dahlgren, Virginia with Newberg, Maryland commenced with driving concrete foundation piles in July 2020. Work on the approaches followed starting in Summer 2020. The four lane bridge is expected to open to traffic in early 2023, with the former span demolished by December 2024.1

U.S. 301 Virginia Guides

U.S. 301 North
An erroneous SR 301 shield posted north of SR 139 (Jarratt Avenue) west and SR 631 (Henry Road) east by the town of Jarratt. 05/08/10
U.S. 301 (Blue Star Highway) runs along the west side of I-95 north by Southwest Swamp to the town of Stony Creek. 05/08/10
Entering Stony Creek, U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) intersects SR 40 (Sussex Drive) adjacent to I-95 at Exit 31. 05/08/10
SR 40 travels east from Stoney Creek to the Sussex County seat of Sussex and west to I-85 near McKenney. SR 40 Business stems west from U.S. 301, 0.24 miles to the north along Lee Avenue. 05/08/10
U.S. 301 circumvents the diamond interchange joining SR 40 (Sussex Drive) with I-95 north to SR 40 Business (Lee Avenue). 05/08/10
I-95 parallels U.S. 301 south from SR 40 (Sussex Drive) at Stony Creek back toward Emporia and Jarratt and north to Carson and Petersburg. 05/08/10
U.S. 301 South
U.S. 301/SR 36 turn south onto Crater Road from Bank Street after I-95 in Petersburg. 12/17/20
U.S. 301 follows Crater Road south to SR 156 (Prince George Drive) at Templeton. 12/17/20
Bank Street (SR 910) continues 0.46 miles east from U.S. 301 (Crater Road) directly to SR 36 along Washington Street. 12/17/20
U.S. 301/SR 36 proceed two blocks south on Crater Road to U.S. 460 Business west along Washington Street. 12/17/20
Wagner Road constitutes a divided arterial 2.33 miles east from U.S. 301 (S Crater Road) to SR 106 (Courthouse Road) and County Drive (U.S. 460 Business). U.S. 460 overlays Wagner Road from I-95 nearby to County Drive south. 06/25/10
SR 602 (Cabin Point Road) links U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) with I-95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 33) 0.19 miles to the east. 05/08/10
U.S. 301 scenes
Wagner Road joins U.S. 301 (Crater Road) with I-95/U.S. 460 at an nearby cloverleaf interchange (Exit 48) in south Petersburg. The arterial was shown as I-795 on the 1988 Virginia State Highway Map. U.S. 301 continues north to Fort Davis and south to I-95 at Exit 45. 06/25/10

  1. "Skanska-Corman-McLean JV to start $463M Maryland bridge." Construction Dive, February 13, 2020.

Photo Credits:

  • 05/08/10 by Will Weaver.
  • 06/25/10 by AARoads.
  • 12/17/20 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 295
U.S. 1
U.S. 17
U.S. 58
U.S. 360
U.S. 460
State Route 36
State Route 207

Page Updated 02-22-2021.

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