Virginia Roads - US 29, VA 237
US 29 and 29/VA 237
First 17 photos courtesy Lou Corsaro. I'll tell you when they stop.
SB around Danville. Not only do street names take a backseat here, they shouldn't be present at all.
NB from there to an old truss bridge on Old Riverbend Rd. north of Altavista, continuing to Charlottesville.
SB at and onto the US 250 WB concurrency north and west of Charlottesville. To go into the city on the old route, follow the big Business US 29 link at the bottom of the page.
The Business routes, no longer the main routes, multiplex in Culpeper. It's one of Virginia's independent cities, and thus maintains (or in this case, fails to maintain) its own signage.
US 15/29/522 SB breaks up on the south side of Culpeper; VA 3 hasn't begun yet. This semi-cutout sign is not typical VDOT, but since this is within city limits, it's a Culpeper sign.
NB on US 15/17/29 at Warrenton, with unusual representation of the "Bus" routes. And where do mainline 15 and 29 go to? I would think people unfamiliar with the area end up on the business route just because that's the only place their route number shows up.
Do these signs look a little odd? And why are they constructed differently if they carry essentially the same message? My US 17 page (linked at bottom) answers the first question, since these are from the multiplex around Warrenton (with US 15 still hanging on), but the second question may never be answered.
These photos are captioned on the US 50 page. They're westbound, and need to be cut out.
US 29 and VA 237 remain multiplexed for some distance...
...to the exclusion of even mentioning US 29. In fact, this isn't even on VA 237 anymore! US 50 is about to join the WB-SB multiplex with US 29 here, which is just after VA 237 made a left to head south to its end. This just got posted on the wrong road.
On to my photos, starting with an older NB secondary route shield.
Hillwood Ave. in Falls Church as it bears off of US 29 NB (Lee Highway EB).
Cutouts are dying in Virginia, but not dead yet by any means. The first is courtesy Lou Corsaro.
Northbound at Fairfax Drive and Washington Blvd., a one-way pair on top of I-66. VA 237 finally leaves US 29 in the first photo and continues eastward on its own.
SB at Fairfax Dr.
On the NB side.
For something not related to I-66, I present VA 309 and older shields, courtesy Lou Corsaro.
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 gets I-66 a second and then a third time (they're roughly parallel for awhile), involving blue signs where green would not only work just fine, but would also be compliant with the FHWA MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices). Southbound, courtesy Lou Corsaro, sandwiching the VA 309 photo above.
Onto VA 237 alone
Business US 29, Lynchburg and Charlottesville
Into D.C. on US 29
Into North Carolina on US 29
Onto US 58
Onto US 360
Onto (regular) US 15
Onto US 522
Onto US 17
Onto VA 123
Onto US 50
Onto VA 7
Onto George Washington Pkwy.
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