U.S. 501

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U.S. 501 north
U.S. 501 leaves the freeway of U.S. 29 & 460 (Liberty Mountain Drive) for an arterial connector joining it and the Lynchburg Expressway (U.S. 29 Business). A pair of signals lie along the four-lane divided highway, the first with Candler Mountain Road south. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Candler Mountain Road meanders south from U.S. 501 and Virginia 128 to Virginia Secondary 670, Liberty University, and Candler Mountain itself. Virginia 128 eastbound follows Mayflower Drive north to Perkins Park and Fairview Heights. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 north & Virginia 128 (Candler Mountain Road) combine and cross a 1932-built viaduct over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A traffic light lies north of the NS Railroad bridge with Murray Place and the entrance to River Ridge Mall. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 north & Virginia 128 partition at the full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 29 Business (Lynchburg Expressway). U.S. 460 originally used this connection as well, but eventually relocated onto its own freeway by Candler Mountain and Lynchburg Regional Airport. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 Business replaced U.S. 29 as the main designation for the Lynchburg Expressway leading east to downtown Lynchburg and Madison Heights when the Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass opened in October 2005. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 north joins U.S. 29 Business south along the Lynchburg Expressway via a loop ramp. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Virginia 128 continues Candler Mountain Road north from U.S. 29 Business & 501 to Wards Road (Virginia 163 - the original U.S. 29 business loop). Photo taken 05/30/05.
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. 501 north - Lynchburg Expressway
U.S. 501 bends northwesterly from Wards Road toward the Brookville and Clay communities of Lynchburg. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exits 10A/B consist of a full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue) east of Richland Hills. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Trees and bushes occupy land between the roadways of U.S. 501 on the approach to U.S. 460 Business. Landscaping is maintained by sponsors.
U.S. 460 used to follow the Lynchburg Expressway to Timberlake Road west. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 10A leaves U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) north for U.S. 460 (Fort Avenue) east to Fort Hill. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 460 Business follows Timberlake Road west from Brookville to Beechwood Hills, Brush Tavern, and Timberlake west of the city line. Photo taken 05/30/05.
One half mile south of the Exit 11 diamond interchange with Graves Mill Road at a NS Railroad overpass. Use Exit 11 for U.S. 221 south to SSR 661 (Bateman Bridge Road) to reach the Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) northbound at the Exit 11 ramp departure to Graves Mill Road. Graves Mill Road travels west to U.S. 221 (Forest Road) and southeast to U.S. 460 (Fort Avenue) parallel to U.S. 501. The routing was once a part of Virginia 126 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Northbound reassurance shield posted for U.S. 501 on the approach to U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). Photo taken 05/30/05.
The freeway portion of U.S. 501 comes to an end briefly at the traffic light with U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 221 follows Lakeside Drive east to Lynchburg College and Oakley Avenue and Forest Road west from the city line to Forest, Goode, and the city of Bedford. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 turns northeastward along Old Forest Road briefly before again upgrading into the Lynchburg Expressway. Old Forest Road was a part of Virginia 291 until 1989, when U.S. 501 was relocated from Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
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The section of Lynchburg Expressway between Old Forest Road and Boonsboro Road (U.S. 501 Business) consists mainly of a Super-Two Expressway. U.S. 501 departs Old Forest Road for the freeway at the next traffic light.
Virginia 291 followed Old Forest Road in its entirety from U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive) to Lynchburg College and a portion of the Lynchburg Expressway between Lakeside Drive and Fort Avenue. Old Forest Road is now locally maintained, with a commercial strip following the split with U.S. 501. Photos taken 05/30/05.
Resuming along the Lynchburg Expressway northbound on U.S. 501 west of Blue Ridge Farms. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Passing opportunities are striped along the Super-Two section of the Lynchburg Expressway. Fleming and Tobacco Row Mountains are visible along the horizon. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A folded diamond interchange joins U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) with Wiggington Road next. Wiggington Road stems northwest from Old Forest Road to becomes Virginia Secondary 620 outside the city. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 widens into a conventional four-lane freeway at the Wiggington Road off-ramp. Wiggington Road south provides access to Peaks View Park along Ivy Creek. SSR 620 continues the road northwest to SSR 644 near Boonsboro. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Continuing north, U.S. 501 again reduces to two overall lanes. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Nearing the north end of the Lynchburg Expressway, U.S. 501 prepares to resume its original course along Boonesboro Road. Boonesboro Road east carries U.S. 501 Business to Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The Lynchburg Expressway defaults onto U.S. 501 Business (Boonesboro Road) south (east) to Peakland and downtown Lynchburg. U.S. 501 meanwhile travels Boonesboro Road to the Lee Jackson Highway, Coleman Falls,and Big Island. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Irvington Springs Road ties into the U.S. 501 Business & 501 exchange from the south. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Traveling west, U.S. 501 (Boonesboro Road) sees this reassurance shield as it leaves the Lynchburg Expressway. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 exits the city of Lynchburg at Boonsboro, after the intersection with Coffee Road south. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 south
U.S. 501 transitions from the Lee Jackson Highway to Boonesboro Road at the Lynchburg city line and Coffee Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Boonesboro Road winds east to the southbound beginning of the Lynchburg Expressway. U.S. 501 splits from its original alignment for the Super Two freeway, leaving U.S. 501 Business to travel Boonesboro Road east to Rivermont Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
The Super Two segment of the Lynchburg Expressway carries U.S. 501 south to U.S. 29 Business around the outer periphery of the city. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 Business provides a more direct route to downtown via Langhorne Road south to 5th Street (Virginia 163) or 12th Street. Irvington Springs Road also begins at the split of U.S. 501 and leads south to a handful of subdivisions. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 ends at U.S. 60 (29th Street) in Buena Vista. U.S. 60 connects the independent city with Lexington to the west and the Blue Ridge Parkway and Amherst to the east. This old guide sign stands just north of 28th Street on Beech Avenue. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 60 follows 28th Street west to Midland Trailand Exit 188 of Interstate 81. Eastward, U.S. 60 exits the city into George Washington National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. U.S. 60 remains fairly rural between Buena Vista and Richmond. Photo taken 05/30/05.
An older Interstate 81 trailblazer directs U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue) motorists onto U.S. 60 west. Interstate 81 north merges with Interstate 64 east nearby; U.S. 60 also joins with U.S. 60 on its trek to Clifton Forge. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 south
The first southbound shield of U.S. 501 posted along Beech Avenue between 28th Street and Park Avenue. U.S. 501 travels 110 miles within Virginia and 355 miles overall to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue) southbound at Park Avenue. Park Avenue used to carry the U.S. 501 mainline to Magnolia Avenue, but in 2004, the city of Buena Vista shifted U.S. 501 onto an alignment utilizing Beech Avenue south to Sycamore Avenue (former U.S. 501 Alternate). U.S. 501 Business follows 22nd Street east from Sycamore avenue onto Magnolia Avenue south.1 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Continuing south along Beech Avenue (U.S. 501) from Park Avenue toward downtown Buena Vista. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 south - Lynchburg Expressway
Turning southward onto the Lynchburg Expressway, U.S. 501 briefly carries four lanes from Boonesboro Road. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Sinking southward along U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) near Cheese Creek. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Wiggington Road meets U.S. 501 at a folded diamond interchange west of Blue Ridge Farms. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 expands to four overall lanes at the Wiggington Road exit. Wiggington Road travels to Peaks View Park nearby en route to Old Forest Road (old Virginia 291). Northward the road continues to Coffee Road (SSR 644). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 turns southeast over Ivy Creek as a Super Two freeway again. Photo taken 05/30/05.
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The north segment of the Lynchburg Expressway ends at the traffic light with Old Forest Road. U.S. 501 turns southward onto the arterial to make the connection with the south segment of the freeway at U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). Photos taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 follows Old Forest Road south to U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). U.S. 221 follows a 158-mile route in Virginia from Lynchburg west to the North Carolina line, south of Independence. The highway ends in Perry, Florida. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Southbound at the traffic light with Lakeside Drive. U.S. 221 begins in Lynchburg and travels west along Kemper Street, Forest Avenue, Oakley Avenue, and Lakeside Drive to Forest Road en route to Forest, Goode and Bedford. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Heading south, U.S. 501 upgrades into a conventional freeway directly from U.S. 221. The initial freeway between Lakeside Drive and Fort Avenue was originally signed as Virginia 291. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Exit 11 joins U.S. 501 with Graves Mill Road in one half mile. Graves Mill Road was signed as Virginia 126 until 1977.2 Photo taken 05/30/05.
Drivers bound for Graves Mill Road west to Richland Hills or U.S. 221 (Forest Road) depart U.S. 501 south. Graves Mill Road east parallels U.S. 501 south to U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue). Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 460 Business follows Timberlake Road east from Timberlake to meet U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) at a full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 10B/A). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Fort Avenue continues U.S. 460 Business east to Fort Hill and U.S. 221 (Oakley Avenue) southwest of downtown Lynchburg. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Next in line for southbound drivers is the Exit 9 off-ramp to U.S. 29 Business (Wards Road) south. Wards Road begins at U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue) and carries Virginia 163 signage to the transition into U.S. 29 Business. Photo taken 05/30/05.
Use Wards Road south for Central Virginia Community College nearby, and Lynchburg Regional Airport south of U.S. 29 & 460. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 29 joins the Lynchburg area with Altavista, Hurt, Gretna, Chatham, and Danville. The US route mainline was relocated from the Lynchburg Expressway in October 2005 when the Lynchburg-Madison Heights Bypass opened to traffic. Photo taken 05/30/05.
U.S. 501 south & 29 Business north briefly overlap between Wards Road and Candler Mountain Road (Exit 8B). 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.
Former U.S. 501 - Buena Vista
U.S. 501 shifted from its alignment along Magnolia and Park Avenues in 2004 to utilize Sycamore and Beech Avenues to the west. Park Avenue angles northwest from Magnolia Avenue at 25th Street to end at U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue) at this traffic light. Photo taken 05/30/05.
30" traffic signals hang above the intersection of Park Avenue and U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue). Factory Street stems west to an industrial area at Allegheny Avenue. Beech Avenue travels two blocks to U.S. 60.
The center signals over Beech Avenue were replaced since this image was shot. Photo taken 05/30/05.

Sources:

  1. US 1 and branches @ Virginia Highways Project.
  2. VA 121 to 140 @ Virginia Highways Project.


Photo Credits:

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

Connect with:
U.S. 29
U.S. 58
U.S. 60
U.S. 221
U.S. 360
U.S. 460
U.S. 29 Business - Lynchburg / Madison Heights
Lynchburg Expressway

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