U.S. Route 250 in Virginia

U.S. Route 250 In Virginia

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U.S. Route 250 in Virginia

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In the U.S. state of Virginia, 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.

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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.<ref name="USGS...
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