Going I81N then exiting onto I64 going down Afton Mtn. and by Charlottesville eventually will feed you into the metro Richmond traffic congestion probably beginning near the Rt. 288 intersection area and subsequently feed you into the Peninsula traffic congestion that usually begins near the Williamsburg area. At Hampton you will have to deal with tunnel traffic congestion and then metro Norfolk/Portsmouth traffic congestion. I am from Bristol and I occasionally go to/from Bristol and to/from the Tidewater area. I speak from past travel experiences. For me Rt. 460 is the most direct way with less traffic frustrations and less fuel expense.I 81- I 64 Thanks for the map..
Yes, exit 150. There's a T/A and a Pilot at that exit. Both of which are nightmares when it comes to getting in and out, let alone fueling. For gasoline, there's a Shell further down US220A on the right.I recommend this route: Take I81N to Roanoke. North of Roanoke not far past the weigh station take Troutville exit 150(?). At the traffic light turn right and gas up at one of the stations. Gas is always cheaper in Roanoke for some reason. Return to the traffic light and turn right. Take the 6 mile 4 lane shortcut (Alt. Rt.220?) to Rt. 460E. Follow Rt. 460E to Petersburg. It is 4 lane all the way with bypasses for all cities/towns except Crewe. At Petersburg take I85N for about 10 miles and exit onto Rt. 460E. At Suffolk take Rt. 58E/460E and at Bower's Hill in Chesapeake follow I264 to Va. Beach.
It was fun....Lots of radio traffic from multiple agencies....Well had some pretty good monotoring on my trip. The STARS seemed like a pretty good system with good coverage. I also monitored VA Beach Orion while I was there. I left before the plane crash so I missed out on a once in a lifetime monitoring opportunity.