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The Highways of Virginia US 19 and Branches 
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US 19
From:TN State Line in City of Bristol
To: WV State Line in Bluefield (Tazewell County)
Total Length: 90 miles
Nationally US 19 runs from US 41 Memphis, FL to US 20 Erie, PA - about miles
Business Routes:Tazewell (since 1974), Lebanon (since 1998)  
ROUTE LOG
TN STATE LINE, VA 381 BEGIN: 0 - 0
US 421 SB: 0.25 - 0.25
VA 113: 0.25 - 0.5
US 11 BEGIN, US 11E END, US 11W, US 421 NB, VA 381 NB: 0.5 - 1
VA 113: 1 - 2
I-81 (exit 5): 2 - 4
WA-BRI LINE: 3 - 7
VA 140: 6 - 13
US 11 NB: 1 - 14
US 58 ALT EB: 1 - 15
RU-WA LINE: 11 - 26
US 58 ALT WB: 2 - 28
US 19 Bus: 7 - 35
US 19 Bus: 5 - 40
VA 80 EB: 5 - 45
VA 80 WB: 3 - 48
VA 365: 7 - 55
TZ-RU LINE: 0.5 - 55.5
VA 365: 0.5 - 56
US 460 WB: 5 - 61
US 19 Bus, US 460 Bus: 11 - 72
VA 16 ALT: 1 - 73
VA 16: 1 - 74
US 19 Bus, US 460 Bus: 2 - 76
US 460 EB: 11 - 87
VA 102: 2 - 89
WV STATE LINE: 1 - 90
Creation: US 19 was a split original US Route that didn't get to Virginia until 1928. It had the same basic alignment as now, and was multiplexed with US 11 from Bristol to Abingdon, VA 106 to Hansonville, VA 112 to Lebanon, and VA 11 to Bluefield.
Adjustments: All the state route multiplexes went away in 1929. The only other adjustments have been slight in Bristol (moved to Euclid Ave in 1962) and the triangle cut-off in Abingdon between US 11 and US 58 ALT. Maps are vague to the exact dates of the Abingdon change, although it took place by 1961 (Washington County map from 1961 shows it).
Posting: Fully posted; cutouts in Bristol (although maybe not this set from 1992), Abingdon, Bluefield. White border sign in Abingdon. Tazewell cutouts still abound as of October 2003. Greendale cutouts lasted to at least 1996.
Comment: US 19 is a nice 4-lane scenic alternative (when coupled with US 460) to I-81 from Bristol to Christiansburg. US 19 could be added to US 460 to Bypass Bluefield VA-WV, as they cross again in Princeton. US 19 gets the same treatment in Western NC from US 74.
A posted US 19 TRUCK exists in Bristol.
US 19 ALT  Decommissioned
Previous US 19 ALT's: US 19 ALT: Mentioned in August 1947 CTB Minutes. It appears this was the number for the piece of today's US 19 between US 11 and US 58 ALT. No idea about the lifespan of this, although it probably lasted to at least 1951 when US 58 ALT was first created.
US 219
From:US 460 Rich Creek
To: WV line near Rich Creek
Total Length: 1.73 miles
Nationally US 219 runs from Winchester to I-90 Lackawanna, NY - about miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 460: 0 - 0
WV STATE LINE: 1.73 - 1.73
Creation: US 219 entered Virginia around 1937, when it was extended south from US 40 in Maryland. It replaced all of VA 124 and a small piece of VA 8. Originally it ran west of Rich Creek back into WV to go to US 19 Princeton.
Adjustments: US 460 was added as a multiplex from Rich Creek westward in 1946.
US 219 was truncated to Rich Creek around 1982, leaving behind US 460.
Posting: Fully posted
Comment: At under 2 miles US 219 is the shortest VA US highway, but only since US 25E was rerouted. VDOT official maps imply that US 219 was truncated as far back as 1967, but US 219 was still posted from I-77 in 1981. The current US 219 is the only Virginia US Route I have not driven any of.

Last Update: 10 July 2005

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