US 221
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US 221 view
Photo: US 221 in Carroll County (photo by Mapmikey 12/5/08)
From:  City of Lynchburg
To:  North Carolina State Line near Independence (Grayson County)
Total Length: 152.22 miles  
Nationally, US 221 runs from Lynchburg to Perry, FL
ROUTE LOG
US 29 Bus, US 460 Bus EB, US 501 Bus SB: 0 - 0
US 501 Bus NB: 0.59 - 0.59
US 460 Bus WB: 0.67 - 1.26
VA 163: 0.24 - 1.50
US 501: 3.18 - 4.68
Bedford-Lynchburg Line: 0.53 - 5.21
US 221 Bus, VA 122 NB, VA 122 Bus: 17.22 - 22.43
US 460 Bus WB: 1.71 - 24.14
US 460 EB, US 460 Bus END: 0.10 - 24.24
VA 122 SB, VA 122 Bus: 1.44 - 25.68
US 221 Bus, US 460 Bus: 1.38 - 27.06
Botetourt-Bedford Line: 15.29 - 42.35
Blue Ridge Pkwy: 2.94 - 45.29
Roanoke-Botetourt Line: 2.55 - 47.84
VA 220 ALT NB: 0.34 - 48.18
Roanoke City-Roanoke Line: 1.63 - 49.81
VA 115: 2.69 - 52.50
US 11 NB, US 11 ALT, US 460 WB, VA 116 NB, VA 220 ALT SB: 0.49 - 52.99
I-581 (exit 8), US 220, US 220 Bus BEGIN: 0.50 - 53.49
US 11 SB: 0.30 - 53.79
VA 116 SB: 0.28 - 54.07
US 220 Bus SB: 0.30 - 54.37
Roanoke-Roanoke City Line: 3.56 - 57.93
VA 419: 1.14 - 59.07
Floyd-Roanoke Line: 12.73 - 71.80
VA 8: 20.61 - 92.41
Carroll-Floyd Line: 16.00 - 108.41
VA 100: 10.14 - 118.55
US 58 Bus EB: 1.44 - 119.99
US 52: 0.30 - 120.29
US 58 EB, US 58 Bus END: 1.26 - 121.55
I-77 (exit 14): 1.26 - 122.81
Galax-Carroll Line: 7.74 - 130.55
VA 89: 3.25 - 133.80
Grayson-Galax Line: 1.77 - 135.57
VA 94: 1.36 - 136.93
VA 274: 8.68 - 145.61
US 21 NB, US 58 WB: 2.75 - 148.36
NC STATE LINE: 3.86 - 152.22
Creation: Appeared nationally in 1930 but didn't arrive in Virginia until Oct 1931, running from North Carolina to Independence as an addition to US 21 and VA 26; then to Hillsville as an addition to VA 12; then as an addition to VA 205 to Roanoke, ending at US 311/VA 33-116 (Jefferson Ave).
Here is a detailed look at US 221's original routing:


Current US 21/221 from NC to Independence except at the New River it used Grandview Ln and Old River Ln (SR 700/701).
East of Independence, US 221 followed followed US 58-221 east to VA 274, then VA 94 south to SR 882 to Galax as Greenville Rd, then W. Stuart Dr (makes a 90 degree turn at MacArthur) back to US 58-221 to Glendale Rd out of Galax and on SR 887 out to near Woodlawn before using SR 872 Woodlawn Rd and again US 58-221 to Hillsville.
From Hillsville, US 221 followed pretty much its current routing to central Roanoke except SR 734 at Copper Hill; SR 711 at Bent Mountain; Old Cave Spring Rd.

1933 Conoco
most of US 221's original routing
1933 Conoco

Adjustments:In July 1933, VA 26, VA 12, and VA 205 were dropped from US 221.
In 1934, US 221 was rerouted in Roanoke to leave Elm St and use Franklin Rd north around to Jefferson.

1933 Official
US 221 ending at Elm/Jefferson
1933 Official
1934 Official
US 221 ending at Franklin/Jefferson
1934 Official

In the late 1930s, US 221 was removed from SR 711 at Bent Mountain.
In April 1955 (CTB), US 221 was placed on one-way splits in Roanoke: NB used Elm St to Jefferson St north to Tazewell/Franklin intersection. SB used Franklin to Elm.
In March 1956 (CTB), US 221 was removed from SR 872 Woodlawn.
In Aug 1958 (CTB), US 221 was removed from SR 887 Glendale Rd east of Galax.
In Feb 1966 (CTB), I think US 221 was removed from Old Cave Spring Rd when VA 419 was totally rebuilt through there.
In Jan 1970 (CTB), US 221 was removed from W. Stuart Drive in Galax.
In Dec 1970 (CTB), US 221 was extended north by following US 220 Bus and US 11, then US 460 east to Bedford, then replacing US 460 to US 221's current endpoint.

1970 Official
US 460 Bedford to Lynchburg
1970 Official
1972 Official
US 221 extended to Lynchburg
1972 Official

In Dec 1974 (CTB), US 221 was removed from SR 734 in Copper Hill.
In Nov 1979 (CTB), US 221 was placed on its current route between Independence and VA 94 (replacing VA 212), leaving behind VA 274 and an extended VA 94.

VA 212 (1978 Official)
US 58-221 original route
1978 Official
VA 212 (1980 Official)
VA 212 replaced by US 58-221.
1980 Official

In 1981, US 221 (with US 460 Bus and US 501 Bus) was removed from a one-way split between 12th St and US 29 Lynchburg Expressway. NB traffic had been using Buchanan and either 14th or 15th St.

1977 Official
US 221 on split routing in Lynchburg
1977 Official
1989 Official
Split routing removed
1989 Official

In Oct 1990 (CTB), US 21 was rebuilt from the NC Line across the New River, leaving behind parts of SR 700 and 701.
In June 1997 (CTB), US 221 was removed from SR 840 Pilgrim Rd and SR 643/841 Brookhill Rd in the Goode area in Bedford County.
About 1999, US 221 was posted to use the US 460 and VA 122 bypasses of Bedford, leaving behind US 221 Business.
The 2011 Traffic log still shows the split alignment in Roanoke. However, it has not been posted in the field back to at least the early 1990s.
Improvements:  Upon designation in 1931, US 221 was fully paved from the North Carolina line to Hillsville and about 8 miles from Roanoke south.
In 1933, US 221 was paved south to Bent Mountain.
In 1934, US 221 was paved south to Copper Hill.
In 1937, US 221 was paved south to Floyd.
In 1938, US 221 was paved from Hillsville to the Floyd County line and from Willis to Floyd..
In 1939, the remainder of US 221 was paved.
The earliest multilaning of US 221 was in 1970, on its new US 460 concurrency from Roanoke to Bedford.
In 1975, US 221 was multilaned from current VA 94 to Galax
In 1978, US 221 was 4-laned from I-77 to Hillsville
In 1983 or 1984, US 221 was multilaned from I-77 west 2 miles
In 1985 or 1986, US 221 was multilaned from Galax to I-77; also in the Cave Spring area
In 1988, US 221 was multilaned from Cave Spring to the Roanoke city line; also on its US 11 duplex.
In 1993 or 1994, US 221 was multilaned from Graves Mill Rd Lynchburg west about 2 miles.
In 1995 or 1996, US 221 was multilaned from US 501 to Graves Mill Rd.
In 1997 or 1998, US 221 was mutlilaned from VA 274 to VA 94
In 1999, US 221 was multilaned on its US 460 duplex around Bedford.
In 2009 or 2010, US 221 was multilaned further west of Lynchburg to SR 663.
Posted:  Fully posted; last known cutouts are in Hillsville; Roanoke, Bedford, and Galax cutouts were removed in the early 1990s.
Multiplexes:  US 460 Bus, US 501 Bus (0.59 mi)
US 460 Bus (0.67 mi)
VA 122 (1.71 mi)
US 460 Bus, VA 122 (0.10 mi)
US 460, VA 122 (1.44 mi)
US 460 (22.50 mi)
US 460, VA 220 ALT (4.81 mi)
US 11, VA 116 (0.50 mi)
US 11, US 220 Bus, VA 116 (0.30 mi)
US 220 Bus, VA 116 (0.28 mi)
US 220 Bus (0.30 mi)
US 58 Bus (1.56 mi)
US 58 (26.81 mi)
US 21 (3.86 mi)
Legislative names:  Colonial Trail from Bedford to Lynchburg (3-24-30 designation predates US 221)
William D. Thompkins Memorial Bridge over Big Reed Island Creek (2-20-40); Veterans Memorial Bridge over New River (since 5/16/02); Taylor G Vaughan Memorial Bridge over Chestnut Creek in Galax (since 3/9/42); R.A. Doughton Memorial Bridge over the New River (2-18-38)
Other names:  Kemper St/12th St/Fort Ave/Oakley Ave/Lakeside Dr (Lynchburg); Forest Rd (Bedford Co e of Bedford); Independence Blvd/Main St (Bedford); W. Lynchburg-Salem Tpk (Bedford Co w of Bedford); Blue Ridge Blvd (Botetourt Co); Challenger Ave (Roanoke Co e of Roanoke); Orange Ave/Williamson Rd/Franklin Rd/Elm Ave/Brambleton Ave (City of Roanoke); Bent Mountain Rd (Roanoke Co s of Roanoke); Floyd Hwy (Floyd Co); Main St (Floyd); Floyd Pike (Carroll Co n of Hillsville); Stuart Dr (Hillsville); Carrollton Pike (Carroll Co w of Hillsville); Stuart Dr/Reserve Blvd (Galax); Grayson Pkwy (Grayson Co e of Independence); Main St (Independence); New River Pkwy (US 21 duplex)
Scenic Byway:  No segments
Comments: US 221 nationally has expanded to 5 states, but is never really a featured route anywhere. It is a poor-man's Blue Ridge Pkwy, which it crosses several times (twice in Virginia - Adney's Gap southwest of Roanoke (a brush encounter) and northeast of Roanoke with US 460, a full interchange).
I'm not sure extending US 221 to Lynchburg makes a lot of sense. An extension of VA 291 from Lynchburg to Bedford would've accomplished the same thing.


 
 


From: Bedford (Bedford County)
To:  Bedford (Bedford County)
Total Length: 2.72 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 221, US 460, US 460 Bus BEGIN: 0 - 0
VA 122 Bus SB: 1.08 - 1.08
US 460 Bus EB, VA 43 SB: 0.19 - 1.27
VA 43 NB: 0.27 - 1.54
US 221, VA 122, VA 122 Bus END: 1.18 - 2.72
Creation: US 221 Business for Bedford appears to have been created about 1999 when US 221 was signed on the existing US 460 and VA 122 bypasses of Bedford.
Adjustments: None
Improvements:  Paved upon inception; western half multilaned upon inception.
Posted:  Business bannered postings only exist at its northern end; otherwise route is still posted as if it were still mainline US 221.
Multiplexes:  US 460 Bus (1.08 mi)
US 460 Bus, VA 122 (0.19 mi)
VA 43, VA 122 Bus (0.27 mi)
VA 122 Bus (1.18 mi)
Legislative names:  Colonial Trail (designation 3/24/30 predates US 221)
Other names:  Main St, Bridge St, Longwood Ave.
Scenic Byway:  no segments
Comment: US 221 Business follows original VA 10.
Does this route really exist? US 221 is very well posted on both the VA 122 and US 460 Bypasses.
GMSV - 2009
US 221 Business posting
Google Maps Street View - 2009

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