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Photo: VA 49 leaving Lunenburg CH area (photo by Mapmikey 1/16/10)
US 360: 0 - 0
US 460 WB: 1.89 - 1.89
US 460 EB: 1.80 - 3.69
Lunenburg-Nottoway Line: 9.15 - 12.84
VA 40 EB: 6.04 - 18.88
VA 40 WB: 3.39 - 22.27
Mecklenburg-Lunenburg Line: 11.28 - 33.55
VA 47 NB: 3.95 - 37.50
VA 47 SB, VA 92 EB: 1.26 - 38.76
VA 92 WB: 0.75 - 39.54
US 15 NB: 12.11 - 51.65
US 15 SB, US 58 EB, US 58 Bus: 1.60 - 53.25
US 15: 2.42 - 55.67
US 58 Bus: 1.72 - 57.49
US 58 WB: 1.26 - 58.75
Halifax-Mecklenburg Line: 8.64 - 67.39
VA 96 WB: 2.52 - 69.91
NC STATE LINE: 0.13 - 70.04
Creation: Appeared Aug 1928 (CTB) as new primary routing in pieces:
1. VA 37 (now VA 3) near Culpeper south to the Orange-Culpeper Line, then south 12.37 miles through Unionville and Lahore
2. From 8 miles north of Spotsylvania-Orange line south to Mineral, duplex with VA 39 (now US 522) to Cuckoo, then south as more new routing 11.22 miles
3. VA 19 (now VA 6) Goochland CH north 5.1 miles
This is the only VA 49.
Adjustments: In Aug 1929 (CTB), piece 2 was extended north 1 mile.
In June 1930 (CTB), piece 2 was extended both directions: north 1.3 miles and south 1.5 miles.
In Dec 1930 (CTB), pieces 1, 2, and 3 were all connected
In July 1933 the following happened:
1. VA 49 south was extended east with VA 6, then replaced VA 419 through Maidens to end at VA 44 (now SR 711) Jefferson.
2. A separate piece of VA 49 was put in place as a renumbering of VA 707 from US 211 Ben Venue south to about Cordova.
3. A third separate piece was put in place from US 60 (now VA 13) Tobaccoville south to Amelia (replaced part of VA 406); duplexed with US 360 west to Burkeville; replaced VA 44 south through Victoria, Lunenburg CH, and Chase City to Clarksville; replaced VA 59 to about Buffalo Junction
4. A fourth separate piece replaced more VA 59 from US 501 through Virgilina to the Mecklenburg Line.
In Aug 1933 (CTB), the northern separate piece of VA 49 was extended south to VA 29 (now VA 229) above Culpeper, then duplexed with VA 29 and VA 3 to make VA 49 continuous in Culpeper County.
In Sept 1934 (CTB), VA 49 was extended north 1.4 miles from Ben Venue. Also, the gap in VA 49 between Virgilina and Buffalo Junction was placed into the primary system.
In 1934, VA 49 was placed on brand new construction (today's US 522) from VA 20 Unionville south to SR 719. The old route via Lahore became SR 602 and SR 668 (now SR 649, 629, and 669).
In Oct 1935 (CTB), VA 49 was made continuous when a segment between US 60 near Powhatan CH and VA 44 Jefferson was placed into the primary system, then VA 49 duplexed with VA 13 over to Tobaccoville.
Also in Oct 1935, VA 49 was extended north as new primary routing to VA 3 (now SR 641) Flint Hill.
Around 1935, VA 49 was placed on new construction southeast of Winston to SR 647 in Culpeper County, using present US 522. The old route became SR 655.
In Feb 1937 (CTB), VA 49 was rebuilt in Averett to stay to the north of the railroad instead of using two railroad crossings in a 1.3 mile stretch. The old route became secondary but was abandoned entirely by 1958. Some of this is now SR 748 Hobgood Dr.
In Oct 1938 (CTB), the new construction in Culpeper County continued across the Rapidan River and into Orange County to connect with the newer section at VA 20 (using more of US 522's route), leaving behind more SR 655 (Orange Co side now SR 636), SR 663, abandoned routing and SR 617 through Everona to Unionville, VA 20 duplex (now SR 671).
In Aug 1941 (CTB), VA 49 was extended south to the North Carolina line.
In May 1948 (CTB), VA 49 replaced VA 136 from near Victoria through Crewe to end at US 360 Jennings Ordinary. The old route to Burkeville became SR 723.
In Sept 1957 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from SR 1029 Sycamore St and a bit of VA 92 Main St in Chase City. Instead VA 49 was placed on some SR 742 plus new construction to meet VA 92 west of town as it does today.
Also about 1957, VA 49 was removed from Old Court St in Victoria.
In April 1958 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from SR 775 Neblett Field Rd
In May 1958 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from SR 701 Irwin Rd near US 15.
In Feb 1959 (CTB), VA 49 was given its current routing from US 460 Crewe north to US 360. This left behind SR 1044 Archer St and SR 630 Maryland Ave.
In May 1964 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from SR 824 Wilkerson Rd east of Virgilina.
In May 1965 (CTB), VA 49 was rebuilt just south of Crewe, leaving behind abandoned segments plus SR 1045 at Crewe Cemetary.
In July 1965 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from SR 852 Sub Station Rd south of Chase City.
In Dec 1966 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from SR 871 Sandy Fork Rd between Buffalo Junction and US 58.
In Aug 1978 (CTB), VA 49 was removed from its zig-zag southward off US 460 in Crewe that used Russell St instead of The Falls Rd.
In 2006, the US 58 Clarksville Bypass was opened and VA 49 was signed along it (but not US 15). I don't believe there is a VA 49 Business although some VA 49 postings remain in Clarksville.
Improvements: The first segments of VA 49 to be paved were in 1932 from Goochland to Gum Spring; Cuckoo to Mineral; VA 702 duplex
In 1933, VA 49 was paved on its entire extension south to US 501.
In 1934, VA 49 was paved on its new section south of VA 20.
In 1935, VA 49 was paved from Culpeper to the Rapidan River.
In 1938, VA 49 was paved from Mineral to Belmont.
In 1940, VA 49 was paved from Belmont to the 1934 paved progress and from VA 20 to the Rapidan River.
VA 49 became fully paved in Oct 1940 when the unpaved portion from Culpeper to Flint Hill was renumbered as VA 242.
VA 49 is multilane only on its US 58 duplex, since 1975.
Posted: Fully posted;
Multiplexes: US 460 (1.89 miles)
VA 40 (3.39 miles)
VA 47 (1.26 miles)
VA 92 (0.75 miles)
US 15 (1.60 miles)
US 58 (4.14 miles)
VA 96 (0.13 miles)
Truck Route: There is a signed VA 49 TRUCK in Victoria using VA 40, Railroad Ave, and Tidewater Ave. The point is to avoid a tight turn onto VA 40-49 Court St.
Legislative names: Earle Davis Gregory Highway, NC Line to Crewe (since 3-3-97)
Other names: Watsons Wood Rd (US 360 to US 460); Virgnia Ave (Crewe); The Falls Rd (Nottoway Co s of Crewe); Nottoway Blvd/Court St (Victoria); Courthouse Rd (Lunenburg Co s of Victoria); Main St/2nd St (Chase City); 7th St/Florence Av (Virgilina)
Scenic Byway: No segments
Comment: VA 49 is a pretty quiet route that I first drove in the late 80s late at night. In the daytime it is pretty empty outside the towns but can be an effective back route from north-central North Carolina to the Richmond area.
The latest traffic log shows VA 49 running through Clarksville but it is really well posted on the bypass.
Page last modified 9 March 2013