US 58 ALT
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Photo: US 58 ALT nearing a VA 71 junction (photo by Mapmikey 8/18/07)

 

From:  Jonesville (Lee County)
To:  City of Abingdon)
Total Length:  87.44 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 58: 0 - 0
US 421 NB: 8.47 - 8.47
US 421 SB: 0.40 - 8.87
Wise-Lee Line: 13.73 - 22.60
US 23 Bus NB: 3.76 - 26.36
US 23 SB, US 23 Bus END: 1.52 - 27.88
Norton-Wise Line: 7.40 - 35.28
US 23 NB, VA 283: 2.52 - 37.80
VA 74: 0.80 - 38.60
Wise-Norton Line: 0.46 - 39.06
VA 158: 6.95 - 46.01
VA 72: 0.90 - 46.91
VA 158: 1.50 - 48.41
VA 63: 9.17 - 57.58
VA 270: 0.30 - 57.88
Russell-Wise Line: 0.48 - 58.36
VA 65: 2.56 - 60.94
VA 71 WB: 4.14 - 65.08
VA 71 EB: 1.46 - 66.54
US 19 NB: 6.71 - 73.15
Washington-Russell Line: 1.98 - 75.13
US 19 SB: 10.28 - 85.41
US 11 SB: 1.01 - 86.42
US 11 NB, VA 75 NB: 0.24 - 86.66
I-81 (exit 17), US 58, VA 75 SB: 0.78 - 87.44
Creation: Appeared about 1951. Ran generally as it does today, replacing VA 70 from Jonesville to St. Paul; VA 64 from St. Paul to Hansonville; Duplexed with US 19 from Hansonville to Abingdon. This is the 6th of 7 US 58 ALTs.

1950 Official
VA 70 and VA 64

1951 Official
US 58 ALT appears
1951 Official

Adjustments: In Aug 1955 (CTB), US 19-58 ALT was removed from all the SR loops between Abingdon and Hansonville: SR 876/802 Holston; SR 775 Greendale; SR 633 loop; SR 766 near Abingdon.
In May 1958 (CTB), US 58 ALT was rerouted in Norton. Initially, it followed Coeburn Ave to Park Ave to W. Park Ave. Now, it followed Kentucky Ave to 11th St North to Main Ave west/West Norton Rd. Coeburn Ave between Kentucky Ave and Park Ave became VA 74; Park Ave east of 11th remained part of US 23. West Park Ave became secondary.
In Sept 1962 (CTB), US 58 ALT was removed from Main Ave/W. Norton Rd and instead followed 11th St north to Park Ave westward from Norton.
In Dec 1965 (CTB), US 58 ALT was extended along VA 75 from Abingdon out to I-81 and the relocated US 58. Also it was proposed to place US 58 ALT on Valley Ave north of US 11 in Abingdon. Some county maps showed this reroute.
Around 1971, US 58 ALT was removed from SR 813 between Tacoma and Coeburn.
In June 1988 (CTB), US 58 ALT was rerouted in Norton to use today's VA 283 and Park Ave west to 11th St south to the new US 23-58 ALT freeway. 58 ALT then used the freeway over to Big Stone Gap where it follows its current duplex with US 23 Bus north to town. Big Stone Gap to Norton remained part of US 23 Business; Kentucky Ave in Norton became secondary, but still posted in places in cutouts as OLD ALTERNATE US 58; Coeburn Rd became an extended VA 74.
In Aug 1991 (CTB), US 58 ALT was removed from Norton altogether as the US 23-58 ALT freeway was finished around the east side of Norton. 11th Ave became secondary; Park Ave remained part of US 23 Business, and VA 283 was designated. VA 283 is posted as US 58 ALT Business on its eastern end.
1975 Washington County
US 58 ALT using Valley Ave in Abingdon?
1975 Washington County
1958 Wise County
US 58 ALT in Norton
1958 Wise County
1989 Official
US 58 ALT on Ky Ave
1989 Official
1990 Official
US 58 ALT off Ky Ave
1990 Official
1994-95 Official
US 58 ALT bypasses
Appalachia and Norton
1994-95 Official

In Aug 1999 (CTB), US 58 ALT was placed on new expressway around the south of Coeburn, leaving behind VA 158 and SR 893.
Improvements:  Paved at time of inception
The first piece of US 58 ALT to be multilaned was
Posted:  Fully posted; An error VA 58 ALT shield existed for a while at the bottom of the I-81 NB ramp but is now gone as of 2009.
Multiplexes:  US 421 (0.40 mi)
US 23 Bus (1.52 mi)
US 23 (9.92 mi)
VA 71 (1.46 mi)
US 19 (12.26 mi)
US 11 (0.24 mi)
VA 75 (0.78 mi)
Legislative names:  Trail of the Lonesome Pine, from Jonesville to Big Stone Gap; Norton to VA 71 except VA 158/SR 893 (3-24-30 designation predates US 58 ALT); Orby Cantrell Highway, Big Stone Gap to Norton (since 2-25-83); Senator M.M. Long Highway, from Norton to Hansonville (since 3-13-01); Robert Porterfield Memorial Highway (Hansonville to Abingdon)
Charles Bickley Memorial Bridge over Clinch River (3-27-40 designation predates US 58 ALT); Colonel Thomas McCullough Memorial Bridge over N. Holston River (3-6-42 designation predates US 58 ALT)
Other names:  Main St (Jonesville); Morgan Ave (Pennington Gap); Pennington Gap Hwy (Wise Co west of Big Stone Gap); Cumberland Ave/Wood Ave/E 5th St/Gilley Ave (Big Stone Gap); Norton-Coeburn Rd (Norton to Coeburn); Bull Run Rd (Coeburn to St Paul); Castlewood Rd (St Paul to Castlewood); Porterfield Rd/Russell Rd/Main St/Green Spring Rd (Abingdon)
Scenic Byway:  Jonesville to Big Stone Gap and Norton to VA 71 (since 3-8-93)
Comment: US 58 ALT is part of the preferred corridor across the lower west of the state. This could easily be renumbered as mainline US 58, which is mostly duplexed between Jonesville and Abingdon.

Previous US 58 ALT's: US 58 ALT #1: Appeared between 1942-44 as a renumbering of VA 287, running on Turnpike Rd from US 58-460 (now US 58-460 ALT/VA 337) Alexanders Corner to US 58 High St within Portsmouth.
Although it is explicitly shown on VDOT Officials through 1974, it was officially renumbered as VA 337 ALT in March 1968 (CTB).
US 58 ALT #2: The Nov 1943 CTB shows a US 58 ALT being decommissioned (1.6 miles of Princess Anne Rd in Norfolk). Oddly, Officials from 1944-58 label this as US 58 ALT while the previous issue 1941-42 shows it as mainline US 58. So I do not know what the scoop is there...
The 1946 NOrfolk County map shows US 58 ALT also running south on St. Pauls(?) from Princess Anne back to US 58 near the ferry to Portsmouth.
US 58 ALT #3: Appeared Jan 1945 (CTB) as a proposed bypass in Danville. It opened as a road that stayed to the north of Dan River between the Union St bridge and today's VA 293.
US 58 ALT was renumbered as mainline US 58 in Aug 1947 (CTB). Today it is part of US 58 Business.
US 58 ALT #4: Appeared May 1945 (CTB) as a new routing in Portsmouth, running on London Blvd between Crawford and 2nd St, connecting to US 58 High St on both ends.
US 58 ALT was probably decommissioned in Aug 1962 when US 58 was rerouted to the Midtown Tunnel. Today it is part of VA 141 which was put on London Blvd in 1968.
US 58 ALT #5: Created as a new routing in Suffolk by 1946, running from US 58 (now VA 337) on N. Broad St then east on Western Ave to end at US 58-460 Main St. I cannot find a CTB reference for the beginning of this route.
In May 1953 (CTB), US 58 ALT was denumbered, as mainline US 58 was routed very nearby.
US 58 ALT #7: Appeared Feb 1951 (CTB) as a new routing in western Danville and Westover, as a limited access highway to be built.
In Oct 1954 (CTB), US 58 ALT became mainline US 58 when the road was opened. Today it is the piece of US 58 Business between the two VA 51 junctions.
1946 Norfolk County
US 58 ALT #2
1946 Norfolk County
1946 Nanesmond County
US 58 ALT #5
1946 Nanesmond County
1958 Norfolk County
US 58 ALT #1 and #4
1958 Norfolk County

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