Virginia State Route 6

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State Route 6

Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length102.26 mi[1] (164.57 km)
ExistedJuly 1, 1933[2]–present
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
West end US 250 in Afton
Major intersections
East end SR 161 in Richmond
CountryUnited States
CountiesNelson, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Henrico, City of Richmond
Highway system
SR 5 SR 7

State Route 6 (SR 6) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known for most of its length as River Road, the state highway runs 102.26 miles (164.57 km) from U.S. Route 250 (US 250) in Afton east to SR 161 in Richmond. SR 6 is one of the main highways of mountainous Nelson County, where the highway runs north–south from its beginning to US 29. From Scottsville to Richmond, the state highway parallels the James River. SR 6 is a major suburban highway through southwestern Henrico County and the main street of Richmond's West End.

SR 6 is a Virginia Byway from SR 151 at Avon to SR 650 near Manakin.

Route description

View west along SR 6 past SR 151 near Avon

SR 6 begins at US 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) on the slope of Afton Mountain, the local name for this section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Rockfish Gap. The state highway heads south as Afton Mountain Road, which descends the mountain curvaceously and passes through the village of Afton, where the highway crosses over a CSX rail line. At the bottom of the descent, SR 6 meets SR 151 (Critzers Shop Road) in the village of Avon. The two highways head south as Rockfish Valley Highway through the namesake valley. Just south of Greenfield, SR 6 leaves SR 151 and heads east as River Road, which follows the Rockfish River through a mountainous area south to US 29 (Thomas Nelson Highway). SR 6 heads east along the four-lane divided highway between several mountains before splitting to the southeast as Irish Road. The state highway crosses over Norfolk Southern Railway's Washington District in Faber and enters Albemarle County at a gap between Shiloh Mountain and Butler Mountain.[1][3]

View east along SR 6 at US 15 in Fluvanna County

SR 6 continues east along a mountainous area where the highway passes through the communities of Damon, Tillmans, Esmont, and Porters. The state highway enters an area of more gentle terrain on its way to Scottsville, which is on the border between Albemarle and Fluvanna counties. At the north end of the town, SR 6 joins SR 20 in a concurrency on Valley Street. In the center of town, SR 6 heads east as Main Street while SR 20 crosses the James River. The state highway parallels the river and CSX's Rivanna Subdivision through the town before turning north and ascending out of the river valley. SR 6 continues east as River Road through Kidds Store and Cohasset to Fork Union, home of Fork Union Military Academy. The state highway runs concurrently with US 15 (James Madison Highway) northeast from Fork Union before diverging at Dixie.[1][3]

SR 6 passes through Holmhead and crosses the Rivanna River shortly before passing through the town of Columbia, where the highway is named St. James Street. At the east end of the town, SR 6 enters Goochland County and briefly parallels the Rivanna Subdivision through the valley of the James River. The state highway veers away from the river and meets the northern end of SR 45 (Cartersville Road) at Georges Tavern. SR 6 approaches the river again just before arriving in Goochland. At the north end of the county seat, the state highway joins US 522 (Sandy Hook Road) in a concurrency and heads south past the Western Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. SR 6 and US 522 pass the county offices and the Virginia Correctional Center for Women before US 522 heads south across the James River as Maidens Road. SR 6 heads through the villages of Manakin and Sabot, between which SR 6 expands to a four-lane divided highway. At Richmond Country Club, River Road splits to the south and the state highway continues east as Patterson Avenue.[1][3]

SR 6 meets the SR 288 freeway at a cloverleaf interchange before crossing Tuckahoe Creek into suburban Henrico County. The state highway intersects Gaskins Road, which heads north as SR 157, and Parham Road in the suburb of Tuckahoe. At Glenside Drive, which leads north to Monument Avenue, SR 6 veers southeast and enters the city of Richmond. The state highway becomes an undivided highway just before intersecting SR 197 (Malvern Avenue). SR 6 crosses over Interstate 195 (Beltline Expressway), which is accessed via Thompson Street, which the state highway intersects as it shifts to two-lane Kensington Avenue. The state highway continues through the Museum District until it reaches its eastern terminus at SR 161 (Boulevard) one block north of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.[1][3]

Major intersections

US 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) to I-64 – Skyline Drive, Waynesboro, Charlottesville
Western terminus

SR 151 north (Critzers Shop Road) / SR 638 east (Avon Road) to I-64 – Skyline Drive, Waynesboro, Blue Ridge Parkway
West end of SR 151 overlap
SR 151 south (Rockfish Valley Highway) – Wintergreen, Piney River
East end of SR 151 overlap
Woods Mill15.7325.31
US 29 south (Thomas Nelson Highway) – Lynchburg
West end of US 29 overlap
US 29 north (Thomas Nelson Highway) – Charlottesville
East end of US 29 overlap
Albemarle SR 800 (Schuyler Road) – Walton's Mountain Museum, Schuylerformer SR 335 south
SR 20 north (Valley Street) – Charlottesville
West end of SR 20 overlap
SR 20 south (Valley Street)
East end of SR 20 overlap
FluvannaFork Union
US 15 south (James Madison Highway) – Farmville, Clarksville
West end of US 15 overlap
US 15 north (James Madison Highway) – Gordonsville, Orange, Culpeper
East end of US 15 overlap
SR 656 (Bremo Road)former SR 247 south
Columbia SR 659 (Stage Junction Road)former SR 27 north
SR 667 (Old Columbia Road) / SR 690 (Columbia Road)former SR 27 south
GoochlandGeorges Tavern65.61105.59
SR 45 south (Cartersville Road) – Cartersville, Farmville

US 522 north (Sandy Hook Road) to I-64 – Gum Spring
West end of US 522 overlap
SR 396 (Dickinson Road) – J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Virginia Correctional Center for Women (SR 329)
US 522 south / SR 634 (Maidens Road) – Powhatan
East end of US 522 overlap
SR 310 – James River Correctional Center
SR 310 / SR 645 (Beaverdam Creek Road) – James River Correctional Center
Crozier SR 670 (Cardwell Road) – Oilvilleformer SR 159 north
Manakin SR 650 (River Road)

SR 288 to I-64 / US 60 / US 250 – Midlothian, Chesterfield
Interchange; southbound SR 288 to westbound SR 6 access via West Creek Parkway
SR 157 north (Gaskins Road)
City of RichmondThree Chopt Roadformer SR 197 south
101.17162.82 SR 197 (Malvern Avenue)
SR 161 (North Boulevard) to I-95
Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d e f "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  2. ^ "New Numbers of Va. Highways Effective July 1". The Richmond Times-Dispatch. May 10, 1933. p. 5. Retrieved January 21, 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b c d Google (2011-07-30). "Virginia State Route 6" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-07-30.

External links

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