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Photo: US 301 BYPASS signed on I-95 around Emporia (photo discovered by Chris Curley late 2017)
US 301, VA 2 SB, VA 207, VA 207 Bus BEGIN: 0 - 0
VA 2 NB, VA 207 Bus SB: 0.96 - 0.96
US 301: 0.54 - 1.50
Creation: Appeared Feb 1969 (CTB) as a renumbering of mainline US 301 through Bowling Green.
Improvements: Paved upon inception; no multilane portions
Posted: Fully posted; cutouts removed in early 1990s.
Multiplexes: VA 2, VA 207 Bus (0.96 mi)
Legislative names: Blue Star Memorial Highway, entire route (2-24-48); Washington-Rocheambeau Highway, entire route (2-20-75)
Other names: Main St, Broaddus St
Scenic Byway: no segments
Comment: US 301 Bus runs through some nice areas.
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US 301 Bus #1?: The photo at the top of this page shows US 301 BYPASS co-signed with I-95 around Emporia. This strongly suggests that US 301 throguh Emporia was US 301 Business for a time.
I-95 around Emporia opened in 1959 only connecting between the two US 301 exits. The segment from there south to North Carolina opened in 1963. So if 301 Business existed it could have been 1959-63. Additionally, until the segment north of the Emporia Bypass opened up in 1980-81, it would've made some sense to have 301 Bypass still signed to ensure Richmond-bound traffic did not unnecessarily wander through downtown Emporia. So 301 Business could have made it until then.
Note that the 1961 Greensville County map does not label I-95 as 301 Bypass nor the route through Emporia as 301 Business.
Anyway, the route through Emporia today is definitely just mainline US 301.
Does anyone have an Emporia or Greensville County map from 1962-80 that shows this?
Page last modified 30 December 2017