Studies: Route 220 Preservation and Improvement Plan

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The purpose of an Arterial Preservation Plan is to develop a holistic approach that identifies ways to ensure the safety and preserve the capacity of the Commonwealth’s arterial highway network without wide scale roadway widenings. This Plan has been requested to identify investment recommendations that will help preserve and enhance this key transportation corridor due to the important role it plays in the region as a significant freight and tourism corridor serving Martinsville, Roanoke and the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport; a vital link within the Commonwealth’s highway network, and a key facility for connections to North Carolina and points south. 

Lengths and Limits

The study area is approximately 60 miles in length. The study area extends from the North Carolina line to Route 419 in Roanoke. The study area includes two limited-access bypass segments at Martinsville and Rocky Mount that are considered to be improved and therefore will not receive analysis as part of the study.


Localities involved in the study include Franklin County, Henry County, Roanoke County, City of Roanoke, Town of Boones Mill and the Town of Rocky Mount. In addition to the localities involved, the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC), Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization (RVTPO), and the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) are also critical stakeholders of the project.


Improve safety. Increase capacity via widening.

Major Milestones 

Public meetings have been held in July 2018 and November 2019. 


Phase: Underway

Lat/Long: 37.116967, -79.956794

Locality: Roanoke

Page last modified: Nov. 14, 2019