According to 800zipcodes, US 15 is a US Highway in the US state of Virginia. The road forms a north-south route through the center of the state, from Clarksville on the North Carolina border to the Potomac River on the Maryland border. It is a somewhat secondary route, does not pass through larger towns and is largely a one-lane road in each direction. The route is 367 kilometers long.
US 15 between Clarksville and Wylliesburg.
US 15 in North Carolina enters Virginia from Durham at the town of Clarksville. At Clarksville is a 2×2 lane bridge over Kerr Lake, which briefly doubles with US 58. US 15 then heads north as a somewhat secondary route, serving only 2×2 lanes in areas where it intersects with other routes, such as US 360 and US 460. The road leads through a sloping area that has quite a lot of forest, but also fragmented open areas. There are no larger towns on the route, the largest towns are no more than a large village. US 15 passes about 50 miles west of Richmond and crosses the James River. At Zion Crossroads one crosses theInterstate 64 via a diverging diamond interchange.
US 15/29 near Culpeper.
North of I-64 are some regional towns on the route, here the US 15 has more parts with 2×2 lanes. The first part is a stretch from Gordonsville to Orange. Further north is a longer stretch with 2×2 lanes from Culpeper. Incidentally, there are level-level connections, especially in larger pitches. Between Culpeper and Warrenton, US 15 also coincides with US 29. The US 17 will be added later.
North of Warrenton, the area has more hills, this part of US 15 runs through the western edge of the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. At Gainesville there is a connection to Interstate 66, the road then leads just west of the outer suburbs to Leesburg, a distant satellite city of Washington. US 15 runs 50 miles west of Washington, DC itself. There is a bypass around Leesburg, after which US 15 runs through the valley of the Potomac River. Cross the river at Point of Rocks, after which US 15 continues in Maryland to Frederick.
US 15 at Warrenton.
US 15 at Dillwyn in Central Virginia.
US 15 was created in 1926. The route through Virginia has not changed significantly since then. Although the route cuts right through the middle of the state, US 15 is somewhat secondary in character, mainly because there are no larger towns on the route. The better developed parts are therefore mainly on double numberings with other US Highways. Most of US 15 is two-lane in Virginia.
When it was created in 1926, not all parts of US 15 were paved. Most of the remaining parts were asphalted between 1927 and 1931. The first upgrade was the Warrenton 2×2 lane bypass, which opened in 1956. In 1966 the Keysville bypass opened with 2×2 lanes, in 1967 the entire double-numbering with US 360 was widened to 2×2 lanes. In 1971, the section between Gordonsville and Orange was widened to 2×2 lanes, the first double-lane section of US 15 not to be double-numbered with other US Highways.
The Culpeper Bypass opened to traffic in 1973 and by 1975 the entire stretch from Culpeper to Warrenton had been widened to 2×2 lanes. Between 2015 and 2017, the last intersection with traffic lights on the Culpeper bypass was replaced by a grade-separated connection. In 1976, the 2×2 lane Farmville bypass opened along with US 460.
Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel
|Monitor-MerrimacMemorial Bridge Tunnel|
|Total length||7,400 meters|
|Bridge deck height||4 meters|
|Traffic intensity||59,000 mvt/day|
The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) is a river crossing in the United States, located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
The Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel consists of a submerged tunnel and a girder bridge – type causeway over the Hampton Roads, a bay where several estuaries converge. The connection is 7.4 kilometers long and consists of a 1,463 meter long immersion tunnel. The bridge link is a total of 5,100 meters south of the tunnel and is a low causeway with a vertical clearance of 4.4 metres. The 2×2 lane Interstate 664 in Virginia runs across the river crossing. The link connects the west of the conurbation, namely the city of Newport News and Chesapeake and Portsmouth. The connection is part of the Hampton Roads region ring road. The connection is toll-free.
The link is the fourth major river crossing in the Hampton Roads region and one of the most important for commuter traffic. As early as 1957, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel to the east was completed, handling traffic to Norfolk. Later, the suburb of Chesapeake grew on the west and south sides of the metropolitan area and a second highway connection over the Hampton Roads was necessary. The connection was constructed in the late 1980s and early 1990s and opened to traffic on April 30, 1992. Construction of the connection cost $400 million at the time. It is the most recent new river crossing in the region.
The compound is named after two famous battleships that participated in the American Civil War at the Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. The CSS Virginia had been rebuilt from the USS Merrimack. The battle took place near the current river crossing.
In 2011, 59,000 vehicles drove daily through the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, which is intensively used, but not structurally overloaded.