U.S. 501

Home » Guides » Virginia » U.S. 501

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. 05/30/05
Candler Mountain Road meanders south from U.S. 501 and SR 128 to SR 670, Liberty University, and Candler Mountain itself. SR 128 eastbound follows Mayflower Drive north to Perkins Park and Fairview Heights. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 north & SR 128 (Candler Mountain Road) combine and cross a 1932-built viaduct over the Norfolk-Southern Railroad. 05/30/05
A traffic light lies north of the NS Railroad bridge with Murray Place and the entrance to River Ridge Mall. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 north & SR 128 partition at the 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. 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. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 north joins U.S. 29 Business south along the Lynchburg Expressway via a loop ramp. 05/30/05
SR 128 continues Candler Mountain Road north from U.S. 29 Business & 501 to Wards Road (SR 163 - the original U.S. 29 business loop). 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. 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. 06/05/05
Westbound on the Lynchburg Expressway at the split of U.S. 29 Business south from U.S. 501 north. SR 163 travels Wards Roads south from U.S. 460 Business and Fort Avenue. 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. 05/30/05
Exits 10A/B consist of a cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 460 Business (Fort Avenue) east of Richland Hills. 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. 05/30/05
Exit 10A leaves U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) north for U.S. 460 (Fort Avenue) east to Fort Hill. 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. 05/30/05
One half mile south of the diamond interchange (Exit 11) with Graves Mill Road at a NS Railroad overpass. U.S. 221 south links with SR 661 (Bateman Bridge Road) toward Thomas Jefferson Poplar Forest. 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 SR 126 05/30/05
Northbound reassurance shield posted for U.S. 501 on the approach to U.S. 221 (Lakeside Drive). 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). 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. 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 SR 291 until 1989, when U.S. 501 was relocated from Rivermont Avenue. 05/30/05
2 photos
2 photos
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.
SR 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. 05/30/05
Resuming along the Lynchburg Expressway northbound on U.S. 501 west of Blue Ridge Farms. 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. 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 SR 620 outside the city. 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. SR 620 continues the road northwest to SR 644 near Boonsboro. 05/30/05
Continuing north, U.S. 501 again reduces to two overall lanes. 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. 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. 05/30/05
Irvington Springs Road ties into the U.S. 501 Business & 501 exchange from the south. 05/30/05
Traveling west, U.S. 501 (Boonesboro Road) sees this reassurance shield as it leaves the Lynchburg Expressway. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 exits the city of Lynchburg at Boonsboro, after the intersection with Coffee Road south. 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. 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. 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. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 Business provides a more direct route to downtown via Langhorne Road south to 5th Street (SR 163) or 12th Street. Irvington Springs Road also begins at the split of U.S. 501 and leads south to a handful of subdivisions. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 05/30/05
Continuing south along Beech Avenue (U.S. 501) from Park Avenue toward downtown Buena Vista. 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. 05/30/05
Sinking southward along U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) near Cheese Creek. 05/30/05
Wiggington Road meets U.S. 501 at a folded diamond interchange west of Blue Ridge Farms. 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 SR 291). Northward the road continues to Coffee Road (SR 644). 05/30/05
U.S. 501 turns southeast over Ivy Creek as a Super Two freeway again. 05/30/05
2 photos
2 photos
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). 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. 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. 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 SR 291. 05/30/05
Exit 11 joins U.S. 501 with Graves Mill Road in one half mile. Graves Mill Road was signed as SR 126 until 1977.2 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). 05/30/05
U.S. 460 Business follows Timberlake Road east from Timberlake to meet U.S. 501 (Lynchburg Expressway) at a cloverleaf interchange (Exits 10B/A). 05/30/05
Fort Avenue continues U.S. 460 Business east to Fort Hill and U.S. 221 (Oakley Avenue) southwest of downtown Lynchburg. 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 SR 163 signage to the transition into U.S. 29 Business. 05/30/05
Use Wards Road south for Central Virginia Community College nearby, and Lynchburg Regional Airport south of U.S. 29 & 460. 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. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 south & 29 Business north briefly overlap between Wards Road and Candler Mountain Road (Exit 8B). 05/30/05
U.S. 29 Business North U.S. 501 South - Lynchburg Expressway
Candler Mountain Road begins and heads southeast from Wards Road (SR 163) as SR 128 to Exit 8 of the Lynchburg Expressway. U.S. 501 & SR 128 briefly merge by River Ridge Mall to Mayflower Drive and Candler Mountain Road south to Liberty University. 05/30/05
U.S. 501 joins the Lynchburg Expressway with U.S. 29 & 460 (Liberty Mountain Drive) via a four-lane arterial. SR 128 meanders east from the US highway to Perkins Park and Fairview Heights and west to SR 163 at Sheffield Drive. 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 U.S. 501 (Beech Avenue) at this traffic light. 05/30/05
30 inch traffic signals at 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 eventually replaced. 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

Page Updated 03-24-2010.

Go to Top