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Photo: This is Poplar Camp where US 121 southbound came from the left and headed straight on what is now VA 69. (photo by Mapmikey, 1/21/09)
|US 121 not currently assigned|
|Previous US 121's:
1934 ROUTE LOG
US 11: 0 - 0
VA 94: 2 - 2
VA 91: 8 - 10
US 58, US 221: 10 - 20
NC STATE LINE: 16 - 36
US 121 #1: Appeared in March 1926 (AASHO) a US Highway corridor requested by North Carolina. Virginia was not interested in this and in fact the March 1926 ballot to add this only had the North Carolina portion. However, the NOvember 1926 list did include the Virginia portion, assigned to all of VA 15 from US 11 (now F044) Fort Chiswell southeast via Hillsville to the North Carolina line near Mt. Airy.
Around 1931 or 1932, US 121 was removed from Old Jacksons Ferry Rd and put on the original New River Bridge in this location.
In Sept 1934 (AASHO), US 121 was renumbered as US 52.
The route of US 121 today is: US 52; SR 632/738 loop; US 52; Galena Church Rd; US 52; SR 719 Old 52 Rd; VA 69; US 52 to Hillsville except Creek Ln; US 52 to NC except SR 906 Kinglet Ln, Wisler Rd, SR 892, SR 841 Mainline Rd.
So did US 121 not ever meet US 21 in Wytheville? While it seems logical to have done so, the answer seems to be no. Some Esso maps in the 1930s show US 121 going to Wytheville. However, the 1931 and 1933 VDOT Route Logs both have US 121 ending at US 11.
US 121 #2: Designation for the Coalfields Expressway which will connect Pound, VA to Beckley, WV generally along the VA 83 corridor.
The project began in 2002 and some construction has occurred as of this writing. But it is very slow in developing. As of Jan 2022 only the segment concurrent with future US 460 has funding identified and schedules set, with the last segment near Grundy set to open in 2027. All other US 121 segments are shown as unfunded.
West Virginia has completed its portion of US 121 from Beckley south to Mullens, with another segment near Welch under construction.
Page last modified 13 February 2022