Virginia Roads - US 29

US 29

SB around Danville, first photo courtesy Lou Corsaro. Not only do street names take a backseat here, they shouldn't be present at all.

The street name doesn't take a backseat on this SB sign, but now it looks like VA 41 goes to the town of Tnpk. Also, Tnpk.? Do you mean "Tpk."?

NB courtesy Lou Corsaro and SB on opposite sides of Chatham. "57" ought to be in a shield. Virginia ought to hire me to design their signs.

I spied this old truss on the left as the sun was fading on my trip south. I didn't realize Lou Corsaro had already submitted photos of this Old Riverbend Rd. bridge north of Altavista, but I decided to go in for a closer look.

SR 712 curves into the old US 29 alignment and heads east (former US 29 NB) across the Big Otter River.

Back west (SB) across the bridge, which you can see was built in 1927 and had an ancient reflector tacked to it once. The last photo looks south.

Bridge repair on the north side of Amherst pushed everyone into the SB lanes.

NB in Charlottesville, courtesy Lou Corsaro, and SB leading away from there. The SB lanes are original US 29 and the NB lanes were twinned later on a leveled alignment.

SB at and onto the US 250 WB concurrency north and west of Charlottesville, first photo courtesy Lou Corsaro. Both highways divide into Business and "By-pass" variants, as if that word still required hyphenation (or maybe it's just on those shields). I'm pretty sure the black-on-yellow arrows are not each over the center of a lane, as required by the MUTCD, nor are they required to be black on yellow because they are not exiting. To go into the city on the old route, follow the big Business US 29 link at the bottom of the page.

Hold on, let me bring that caption back for a second. South Business Orange V? What kind of route is that? I mean, if you go to UVA, then sure, you get it, but that sign isn't meant for people who go to UVA, because they already know how to get there. Keep that on a supplementary sign, keep "South Business" over the 29 shield, and list "Univ. of VA" as a secondary destination if you absolutely must.

SB past US 33 (the link to Skyline Drive).

There's a nice long NB pullout by the side of a field where you can find all of these. Sign G15 explains why they're all at this spot.

In 2013, VDOT was turning the east end of VA 55 from a traffic signal into a SPUI. US 29 now flies beneath VA 55 turning into SR 619/Linton Hall Rd. These photos look north at the future overpass with US 29 temporarily routed to its west.

Actually, this might be the house to which sign G16 refers, just south of the area on the SB side.

Heading south from US 50 toward the Centerville I-66 interchange, though there's still one more southwest of here. The mismatched pair (66 being east-west) follow each other from Gainesville to DC. I guess in the 1930s, Virginia wasn't yet comfortable putting the Confederacy first on a sign, because the South recognizes the Battles of Bull Run as the Battles of Manassas.

Along US 50, there are shields too small and I-66 shields too not-cut out.

I moved the VA 237 concurrency to that page, which totally exists. What's this doing here? It's an error, posted on the wrong street. VA 237 has just turned left to head south to its end at US 50, and US 29 SB is about to join US 50 WB. Makes me wonder if VA 237 had a US 29 shield on it.

US 29 NB breaks free from VA 237 EB at the I-66 interchange. The first photo is at Washington Blvd., the I-66 WB frontage road that brings VA 237 WB to US 29 SB.

For something not related to I-66, I present tiny shields.

Just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge, 29 runs into I-66 for the first time. I-66 WB gets a state-name shield, since most traffic will be heading that way, but I-66 EB (back into Washington DC, and reached via the other direction of US 29) gets an adorable I-395/(Reagan) Airport sign. It's as Philadelphia as VDOT gets (Arlington is not a city, but a county, so unlike the real cities it doesn't get to erect its own signage on state highways).

US 29 SB gets I-66 a second and then a third time (you can see how far up the page they've been parallel), involving blue signs where green would not only work just fine, but would also be compliant with the MUTCD. Courtesy Lou Corsaro, these sandwich the VA 309 photo above.

US 15 and US 29/15
VA 237 and 237/US 15

Onto Business US 29
SR 762, old US 29/15, Brandy Station

Into North Carolina on US 29
Into the District of Columbia on US 29
Onto US 58
Onto US 360
Onto I-64
Onto US 250
To Skyline Drive
Onto VA 55
Onto I-66
Onto VA 123
Onto US 50
Onto George Washington Pkwy.
To I-395
To I-495
US 29 Non-Roads
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