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Photo: I-581 north arriving at I-81, with directional suffixes on the exit (photo by Adam Froehlig 10/13/02)
EXIT 1 - I-81 (exit 143), US 220 NB: 0 - 0
EXIT 2 - VA 117: 1.13 - 1.13
Roanoke City-Roanoke Line: 0 - 1.13
EXIT 3 - VA 101: 1.75 - 2.88
[NB only] EXIT 3C - Valley View Blvd: 1.11 - 3.99
EXIT 4 - US 11 ALT, US 220 Bus, US 460, VA 116: 1.68 - 5.67
[SB only] EXIT 5 - US 11, US 220 Bus, US 221, VA 116: 0.31 - 5.98
EXIT 6 - US 220 SB, VA 24: 0.66 - 6.64
Creation: First appears as dotted lines on the 1963 official. I-581 opened in Nov 1964 (per Scott Kozel's website) from I-81 to VA 117.
Adjustments: In two segments (first to SR 625 - now VA 101), I-581 was extended and opened to US 11 ALT-460/VA 116 Orange Ave by Sept 1965.
In two segments (first to US 11-220/VA 116 Williamson Ave), I-581 was extended to VA 24 by Oct 1967. Note that south of Orange Ave I-581 was built nearly on top of 2nd Ave.
Improvements: Upon designation, I-581 was a 6-laned interstate, as it remains today.
Posted: Fully posted; its southern endpoint is clearly marked.
Multiplexes: US 220 (entire lenght)
Legislative names: None
Other names: None
Scenic Byway: No segments
Comments:I-581 continues to use the historic Virginia practice of using E-W or N-S as exit suffixes instead of A-B. This is the last Virginia interstate to use these directional suffixes.
Page last modified 6 December 2014