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Photo: A quiet and snowy US 220 nearing West Virginia (photo by Mapmikey 1/11/10)
From:  North Carolina State Line, below Ridgeway (Henry County)
To:  West Virginia State Line near Monterey (Highand County)
Total Length: 186.39 miles  
Nationally, US 220 runs from Rockingham, NC to Waverly, NY
ROUTE LOG
NC STATE LINE: 0 - 0
US 220 Bus: 3.05 - 3.05
VA 87: 0.70 - 3.75
US 220 Bus: 0.61 - 4.36
US 58 EB, US 220 Bus: 2.35 - 6.71
US 58 WB, US 58 Bus: 3.49 - 10.20
VA 57 ALT: 6.42 - 16.62
VA 57 EB: 0.80 - 17.42
US 220 Bus, VA 57 WB: 0.77 - 18.19
Franklin-Henry Line: 5.82 - 24.01
US 220 Bus: 12.26 - 36.27
VA 40: 3.18 - 39.47
US 220 Bus: 1.35 - 40.82
Roanoke-Franklin Line: 10.56 - 51.38
Blue Ridge Pkwy: 6.07 - 57.45
Roanoke City-Roanoke Line: 0.39 - 57.84
US 220 Bus, VA 419: 1.64 - 59.48
I-581 BEGIN, VA 24: 3.37 - 62.85
US 11, US 220 Bus, US 221, VA 116: 0.66 - 63.51
US 11 ALT, US 460, VA 116, VA 220 ALT: 0.31 - 63.82
VA 101: 2.79 - 66.61
VA 117: 1.75 - 68.36
Roanoke-Roanoke City Line: 0 - 68.36
I-81 SB (exit 143), END I-581: 0.84 - 69.20
VA 115: 2.34 - 71.54
Botetourt-Roanoke Line: 0.84 - 72.38
I-81 NB (exit 150), VA 220 ALT: 3.27 - 75.65
VA 43: 22.21 - 97.86
Alleghany-Botetourt Line: 10.83 - 108.69
US 220 Bus: 1.54 - 110.23
US 60 Bus WB: 0.61 - 110.84
I-64 EB (exit 27), US 60 EB, US 60 Bus END: 0.66 - 111.50
US 60 Bus, US 220 Bus, VA 384: 3.47 - 114.97
I-64 WB (exit 17): 7.32 - 122.29
Covington-Alleghany Liine: 0.62 - 122.91
VA 18: 0.46 - 123.37
US 60 WB: 0.38 - 123.75
Alleghany-Covington Line: 2.21 - 125.96
Bath-Alleghany Line: 9.89 - 135.85
VA 39 WB: 12.92 - 148.77
VA 39 EB: 0.19 - 148.96
Highland-Bath Line: 13.84 - 162.80
VA 84: 12.09 - 174.89
US 250: 3.89 - 178.78
WV STATE LINE: 7.61 - 186.39
Creation: US 220 appeared in Virginia in July 1935, running generally as it does now as a replacement for US 311 from North Carolina to Roanoke; added to US 11 from Roanoke to Troutville; replaced VA 12 from Troutville to Clifton Forge; added to US 60 from Covington to Clifton Forge; replaced VA 18 from Covington to West Virginia.
US 311 (1926 Official)
US 311 from NC to Roanoke
1926 Official
US 311 (1936 Official)
US 220 replaces US 311
1936 Official
1933 Official
VA 12 Troutville to Clifton Forge
1933 Official
1936 Official
VA 12 renumbered to US 220
1936 Official
VA 18 (1933 Official)
VA 18 from Covington to Monterey
1933 Official
VA 18 (1936 Official)
VA 18 replaced by US 220
1936 Official


Adjustments:In Oct 1935 (CTB), US 220 was rerouted at Hollins to follow a bit of VA 114 to Daleville, then upgraded routing of SR 671 and new construction for a more direct route to Fincastle. The old route to Troutville remained part of US 11 and Troutville northwest to the new US 220 became VA 294 (now SR 670).
In 1937, US 220 was rerouted in Clifton Forge to use the A Street bridge utilized by today's US 220 Business and US 60 into downtown. Previously, US 220 left US 60 via River Rd south then east along what is now not a public road then across the railroad tracks before using a covered bridge that was immediately adjacent to the current bridge.
In May 1938 (CTB), US 220 was straightened out on 31 segments from Monterey to Mustoe in Highland County.
In Sept 1940 (CTB), US 220 was rerouted out of the north of Martinsville to use today's US 220 Business through Collinsville. The old routing remained VA 57.
Between 1945-49, US 60-220 was placed on new alignment east of VA 18, leaving behind SR 689 (now cut off by I-64...today it is a little stub E. Echols Rd; SR 689/647 Interstate Dr; destroyed by 64 on the eastern end).
VA 294 (1941)
US 220 replaced by VA 294
1941-42 Official

In April 1947 (CTB), US 220 was removed from Riverside St in Covington as well as US 60 on Mornoe Ave and instead placed on Allegany Ave and SR 1502 just outside Covington's NCL.

1944 Alleghany County
US 220 original Covington routing
1944 Alleghany County
1958 Alleghany County
US 220 rerouted in Covington
Note the bypassing of SR 689 east of VA 18
1958 Alleghany County

In June 1947 (CTB), US 220 was rebuilt in the area now bisected by the Blue Ridge Pkwy, leaving behind a lengthy SR 789 (today this is SR 674 Clearbrook Ln; SR 766 Stable Rd; a small bit of the US 220 access road to the BRP; SR 789 Old Rocky Mt Rd).
Between 1945-49, US 220 was given its current routing through Iron Gate. Previously it used SR 1707 Commerce St and SR 1703 5th St to cut over to Market St.

1936 Alleghany County
US 220 original path in Iron Gate
1936 Alleghany County
1958 Alleghany County
US 220 direct path in Iron Gate
1958 Alleghany County

About 1953, US 60-220 was put on what is now I-64's footprint bypassing Low Moor and Selma, leaving behind SR 696.

1944 Alleghany County
US 60-220 through Selma and Low Moor
1944 Alleghany County
1958 Alleghany County
US 60-220 bypasses Selma and Low Moor
1958 Alleghany County

In March 1955 (CTB), US 220 was placed on Memorial Drive in Martinsville. The old routing remained parts of US 58 (now 58 Bus) and VA 57 (now VA 457).

1935 Henry County
US 220 original Martinsville area routing
1935 Henry County
1944 Henry County
US 220 on new routing north of Martinsville
1944 Henry County
1958 Henry County
US 220 moved westward to Memorial Dr in Martinsville
1958 Henry County

In Nov 1955 (CTB), US 220 was rebuilt between Rocky Mount and Boones Mill mostly as new construction but did use some existing SR 710 near Rocky Mount and some SR 697 near Wirtz. The old route became SR 919, which actually has climbing lanes near its south end.

1955 Official
US 220 original path Boones Mill to Rocky Mount
1955 Official
3/53 VHB
US 220 climbing lanes on present SR 919
March 1953 Virginia Hwys Bulletin

In Sept 1961 (CTB), US 220 was placed on a new freeway bypass of Rocky Mount, leaving behind US 220 Business. The bypass had been called US 220 ALT throughout the construction period and official maps label it that way through much of the 1960s.

1956 Official
US 220 straightened out south of Boones Mill
1956 Official
1963 Official
US 220 bypasses Rocky Mount
(US 220 ALT designation in error)
1963 Official

In April 1963 (CTB), US 220 was placed on a new western bypass of Ridgeway, leaving behind US 220 Business.

1963 Official
US 220 through Ridgeway
1963 Official
1965 Official
US 220 bypasses Ridgeway
1965 Official

In 1965, US 60-220 was removed from SR 1104 Valley Ridge Rd east of Covington and placed onto the new I-64. Note that US 60-220 always crossed the Jackson River essentially where I-64 does now, and not where SR 1101 Winterberry Ave does by Alleghany High School. I-64 was built directly on top of US 60-220 from the Jackson River bridge east to the US 60-220 Bus/VA 384 exit west of Clifton Forge.
Also in 1965, US 220 was removed from US 11 between US 11 ALT/460 Roanoke and Daleville and instead placed onto I-81 and I-581. Or was it? The 1966 Official shows this. The '67 shows neither routing as US 220. '68 and '69 show US 220 following US 11. 1970 and later show US 220 on I-581. US 220 may have been added to I-581 from Orange Ave to Williamson St in 1967. At any rate, US 220 used to meet US 11 directly opposite of today's SR 811 and not today's VA 220 ALT. The 0.07 miles between I-81 Exit 150 and US 11 became F049 once US 220 was placed onto I-81.
About 1975, US 220 was added to I-581 from Williamson Ave to VA 24, then southward on newly constructed freeway to Franklin Rd just south of Downtown. Per the 1975 VDOT City map of Roanoke the old routing south of VA 116 was removed from the primary system, but I have a 1975 picture that shows US 220 Business was signed through Downtown Roanoke.
In Aug 1975 (CTB), US 220 was removed from SR 958 Dunahoo Dr at the Roanoke/Franklin line.
In July 1976 (CTB), US 220 was placed on a small bit of VA 57, then newly constructed freeway around the west side of Martinsville, then placed onto US 58 east back to the previous routing. The old route through Collinsville and central Martinsville became US 220 Business.
In Nov 1977 (CTB), US 220 was extended along more new freeway to the southwest of Martinsville to its current routing. The old route east to US 220 Business remained part of US 58 (now US 58 Business).

1977 Official
US 220 original Martinsville bypass
1977 Official
1978 Official
US 220 bypass extended south
1978 Official

In 1979, US 220 was put on a new bypass of Eagle Rock, leaving behind VA 43Y (now SR 870) and an extended VA 43.

1978 Official
US 220 through Eagle Rock
1978 Official
1986 Official
VA 43/43-Y through Eagle rock
1986 Official

In Dec 1980 (CTB), US 220 was placed on newly constructed freeway from Franklin Rd Roanoke south to VA 419. The old route became US 220 Business. See scan under the US 220 Business entry for Roanoke.

1940 Official
US 220 original Roanoke routing (1935-late 1960s)
1940 Official
1970 Official
US 220 Roanoke routing (late 1960s-1975)
1970 Official
1975 VDOT City Atlas
US 220 Roanoke routing (1975-1980)
1975 VDOT City Atlas

Around 1986, US 220 was put on new construction north of Iron Gate, then added to US 60 Bus east to I-64/US 60 west to bypass Clifton Forge. The old route became US 220 Business.

1986 Official
US 220 through Clifton Forge
1986 Official
1988 Official
US 220 bypasses Clifton Forge
1988 Official

Improvements:  Upon designation, US 220 was fully paved except for today's VA 84 south to Bath County Line.
By 1938, US 220 was paved everywhere.
The earliest multilaning of US 220 was by 1941, on the northernmost mile of its US 11 duplex.
In 1951, US 220 was multilaned from Covington to halfway to Clifton Forge.
In 1953, US 220 was multilaned from Boones Mill to Roanoke (except SR 958) and also right in Rocky Mount.
In 1954, US 220 was multilaned on the new Selma-Low moor Bypass.
In 1958, US 220 was widened from the NC line to just short of Ridgeway.
In 1959, US 220 was widened from Bassett Forks to Collinsville.
In 1960 or 1961, US 220 was multilaned on its US 58 Duplex and up to Collinsville; also from US 60 to the NCL of Covington.
In 1962, US 220 was multilaned from VA 117 to SR 605.
In 1964, US 220 was multilaned on a short segment south of Sydnorsville.
In 1965, US 220 was multilaned when added to I-81 and I-581.
In 1966, US 220 was multilaned from US 58 south to the north end of the Ridgeway bypass.
In 1967, US 220 was multilaned from Bassett Forks to the Franklin County Line.
In 1969, US 220 was multilaned from Franklin/Henry line to the Sydnorsville segment; south end of Rocky Mount bypass a couple miles.
In 1970, US 220 was multilaned between the two segments described in 1969; also from the north end of the Rocky Mount bypass to Boones Mill.
In 1971, US 220 was multilaned on the Ridgeway and Rocky Mount Bypasses; also from I-81 north 3 miles.
About 1972, US 220 was placed on one-way splits through downtown Clifton Forge.
In 1974, US 220 was multilaned up to Fincastle from the 1971 segment.
In 1976, US 220 was multilaned from Fincastle to the southern SR 655 junction.
In 1979, US 220 was multilaned on a segment south of Eagle Rock
In 1981, US 220 was multilaned from SR 655 to SR 635.
In 1985 or 1986, US 220 was multilaned from SR 635 northward.
In 1986, US 220 was multilaned when added to I-64 around Clifton Forge.
In 1990, US 220 was multilaned on the gap between the 1979 and 1985-86 segments.
Posted:  Fully posted; cutouts still up in Covington, Bath and Highland Counties
Vintage white border sign may still be up in Covington along what would be VA 154 if it were continuous.
Multiplexes:  US 58 (3.49 mi)
VA 57 (0.77 mi)
I-581 (6.35 mi)
I-81 (6.45 mi)
US 60 Bus (0.66 mi)
I-64, US 60 (10.79 mi)
US 60 (1.46 mi)
VA 39 (0.19 mi)
Legislative names:  William F Stone Highway, Martinsville Bypass (10-25-73); Roy L Webber Highway, VA 419 to Elm Ave (2-16-78)
Charles Carter Lee Memorial Bridge over VA 40 (10-3-60)
Other names:  Greensboro Rd (s of US 58); Virginia Ave (Va 57 to Franklin Co line); Virgil H Goode Hwy (Franklin Co); Franklin Rd (Roanoke Co s of VA 419); Roanoke Rd (I-81 to Fincastle); Botetourt Rd (Fincastle to Iron Gate); Market Ave (Iron Gate to US 60 Bus); Madison St/Alleghany Ave (Covington); Hot Springs Rd (Alleghany Co n of Covington); Ingalls Blvd (Bath Co s of Warm Springs); Stuart Hwy (Bath Co n of Warm Springs); Jackson River Rd (Highland Co s of Monterey); Potomac River Rd (n of Monterey)
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comments:US 220 south of Covington is mostly very modern, 4-lane used for through traffic. Below Roanoke US 220 is in the general corridor of I-73 if it comes to pass. Tony Payne reports in August 2005: If you drive on US 220 south from Roanoke to Rock Mount, there's a "To I-40" sign right before you reach VA 40. It's there apparently to prevent motorists from thinking that VA 40 is I-40. There's a sign assembly with a "To", then an I-40 shield (no state name), and a blue sign saying "73 Miles" right underneath the shield (obviously guiding motorists to Greensboro, NC).


From: Rocky Mount (Franklin County)
To:  Rocky Mount (Franklin County)
Total Length: 5.33 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 220: 0 - 0
VA 40 EB: 3.14 - 3.14
VA 40 WB: 0.03 - 3.17
US 220: 2.16 - 5.33
Creation: US 220 Business for Rocky Mount appeared in Sept 1961 (CTB) when US 220 was placed on new expressway east of town.
Adjustments: None
Improvements:  Paved upon inception; 100% multilaned from VA 40 northward
Posted:  Fully posted; At least one cutout made it to 1992.
In 2007 there were a number of oval error 220 shields that were replaced not long afterwards with correct shields
Multiplexes:  VA 40 (0.03 mi)
Legislative names:  Peter Saunders Bridge over Pigg River (3-7-40); W.N. Angle Memorial Bridge over the RR (11-3-55)
Other names:  Main St
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comment: Official maps through most of the 1960s incorrectly have this as mainline 220 (with 220 ALT on the bypass).
oval 220 shield
one of several oval 220 business shields
photo by Mapmikey Dec 2007


From: Ridgeway (Henry County)
To:  Ridgeway (Henry County)
Total Length: 1.68 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 220: 0 - 0
VA 87: 0.83 - 0.83
US 220: 0.85 - 1.68
Creation: US 220 Business for Ridgeway appeared in April 1963 (CTB) when US 220 was placed on new routing west of town.
Adjustments: None
Improvements:  Paved upon inception; no multilane segments
Posted:  Fully posted;
Multiplexes:  None
Legislative names:  none
Other names:  Church St (s of VA 87); Main St (n of VA 87)
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comment: Ridgeway is a sleepy little town...


From: S. Martinsville (Henry County)
To:  Bassett Forks (Henry County)
Total Length: 10.70 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 58, US 220: 0 - 0
US 58 Bus WB: 3.21 - 3.21
Martinsville-Henry Line: 0.72 - 3.93
US 58 Bus EB, VA 57 EB: 0.71 - 4.64
VA 57 WB, VA 457: 1.10 - 5.74
Henry-Martinsville Line: 0.65 - 6.39
VA 174: 3.01 - 9.40
US 220, VA 57: 1.30 - 10.70
Creation: US 220 Business for Martinsville appeared in July 1976 (CTB) when US 220 was placed on new expressway west of town. The south end of US 220 Business initially was at US 58 just south of the Smith River.
Adjustments: In Nov 1977 (CTB), US 220 Business was extended south its current end when the rest of the US 220 bypass freeway was completed south of US 58.
Improvements:  Paved upon inception; 100% multilaned from inception
Posted:  Fully posted;
Multiplexes:  US 58 Bus (1.43 mi)
VA 57 (1.10 mi)
Legislative names:  none
Other names:  Greensboro Rd (s of 58 Bus); Memorial Blvd; Virginia Ave (n of Martinsville CL)
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comment: The Martinsville Speedway is directly on US 220 Business.
us 58 bus view
Beautiful Smith River Bridge on US 58-220 Business
photo by Mapmikey Oct 2006


From: City of Roanoke
To:  City of Roanoke
Total Length: 4.42 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 220, VA 419: 0 - 0
US 220: 2.34 - 2.34
US 221 SB: 1.20 - 3.54
VA 116 SB: 0.30 - 3.84
US 11 SB: 0.28 - 4.12
I-581 (exit 8), US 11 NB, US 220, US 221 NB, VA 116 NB: 0.30 - 4.42
Creation: US 220 Business for Roanoke looks to have been created about 1974 when the freeway carrying I-581/US 220 was extended south to Franklin Rd. Both the 1975 VDOT City Atlas and state officials up through 1994 show no primary route on Franklin Rd south of VA 116, a 1975 picture confirms 220 Business was signed downtown.
Adjustments:In Dec 1980 (CTB) US 220 Business was extended south when US 220 was placed on new expressway from Franklin St south to VA 419.
Improvements:  Paved upon inception; Multilaned upon inception everywhere except between McClannahan St and US 221.
Posted:  Fully posted, including mini white border shields in most places; A number of cutouts made it to the early 1990s.
Multiplexes:  US 221 (0.30 mi)
US 221, VA 116 (0.28 mi)
US 11, US 221, VA 116 (0.30 mi)
Legislative names:  none
Other names:  Franklin Rd; Williamson Rd
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comment: US 220 Business within downtown is not recognized in the traffic logs.

1975 photo
US 220 Bus shown posted in 1975
1975 photo by Carolyn Hale Bruce
from a pictoral history of Roanoke book
1986 Official
US 220 Bus shown south of downtown only
1986 Official
1994 Official
US 220 Bus extended to downtown
1994 Official


 
 



From:  near Iron Gate (Alleghany County)
To:    Selma (Alleghany County)
Total Length:  3.13 miles  




ROUTE LOG
US 220: 0 - 0
US 60 Bus EB: 1.50 - 1.50
VA 188: 0.32 - 1.82
I-64 (exit 24), US 60, US 220, US 220 Bus BEGIN, VA 384: 1.31 - 3.13

Creation: Appeared about 1986 when US 220 was placed on I-64 around the north side of Clifton Forge.
Adjustments: It appears US 60-220 was put on one-way splits in Clifton Forge in 1972.
In summer 2011, US 60-220 Bus was returned to two-way traffic through downtown. Ridgeway St became US 60 Business TRUCK.
Improvements:  Paved upon inception; Multilane from Clifton Forge CL west, likely since inception.
Posted:  Fully posted although BUSINESS banners are missing in many locations; numerous cutouts remain as of 2011.
Multiplexes:  US 60 Bus (1.63 mi)
Legislative names:  Robert F. Craft Memorial Bridge, Jackson River (since 10/26/67)
Other names:  Ridgeway St; Main St; A St; Verge St
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comment: Clifton Forge reverted from an independent city back to incorporated town in the early 2000s.

US 60 bus
US 220 Business through Clifton Forge
1995 Alleghany County
US 220 ALT  not currently assigned




Previous US 220 ALT's:



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US 220 ALT: Appears in several CTB Minutes from 1958-61 describing construction of the Rocky Mount bypass.
When the bypass opened in 1961 it was designated as mainline US 220. Official maps through most of the 1960s showed it erroneously as US 220 ALT anyway.

US 220-Y  not currently assigned




Previous US 220-Y's:

1974 ROUTE LOG
US 60: 0 - 0
US 60: 1.3 - 1.3

US 220-Y: Appeared Sept 1940 when US 220 was rerouted from Martinsville to Bassett Forks via Collinsville. The Bassett Forks area had VA 57-Y and US 220-Y connectors.
While VA 57 and 57-Y had adjustments, it appears Us 220-Y stayed essentially the same.
In Jan 1978 (CTB), US 220-Y was destroyed by the construction of the current US 220-220 Business interchange.
(1943 Henry County)
US 220-Y
1943 Henry County

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