In the U.S. state
, U.S. Route 250
is a highway that runs in a westerly direction from Richmond
into West Virginia
. Following two historical roadways from the 18th and 19th centuries, the portion east of Staunton
was largely supplanted by the construction of Interstate 64
in the 1960s and early 1970s.
For many years in the mid-20th century, a section of U.S. 250 east of Charlottesville
featured a 3-lane design with a center suicide lane
meant for passing
in both directions. Neither direction had the right-of-way
, and both directions were permitted to use the lane for passing. In the terrain of rolling hills, head-on collisions
with injuries and fatalities were common. After completion of I-64, the center lane markings were changed to eliminate two-way passing using the same section of roadway, and the frequency of head-on collisions decreased sharply.
Conversely, upon the completion of I-64, another section of U.S. 250 gained additional utilization for safety reasons. For many years, during extreme inclement weather conditions of snow and/or ice, at the crossing of the Blue Ridge Mountains
, the truck traffic was diverted from the Interstate highway
and routed through Rockfish Gap
using the older roadway of U.S. 250.
West Virginia to Staunton
At Alleghany Mountain
, the Virginia-West Virginia state line is encountered and US 250 crosses into Virginia from Pocahontas County
, West Virginia
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