Virginia State Route 65

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State Route 65

Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length34.06 mi[1] (54.81 km)
Virginia Byway
Major junctions
South end US 23 / US 58 / US 421 in Clinchport
Major intersections SR 72 in Dungannon
North end
US 58 Alt. in Castlewood
CountryUnited States
CountiesScott, Russell
Highway system
I-64 I-66

State Route 65 (SR 65), formerly State Route 66 (SR 66), is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 34.06 miles (54.81 km) from U.S. Route 23 (US 23), US 58, and US 421 in Clinchport north to US 58 Alternate in Castlewood.

Route description

View north at the south end of SR 65 at US 23/US 58/US 421 in Clinchport

SR 65 begins at an intersection with US 23, US 58, and US 421 (Orby Cantrell Highway) just west of the town limit of Clinchport. The state highway heads northeast through the town as 2nd Avenue, which passes under CSX's Kingsport Subdivision. SR 65 becomes Clinch River Highway east of town and parallels the Clinch River and Norfolk Southern Railway's Clinch Valley Division northeast to Fort Blackmore, where the highway begins to run concurrently with SR 72 (Veterans Memorial Highway) to the town of Dungannon. Within the town, SR 72 continues north parallel to the railroad and the Clinch River as Hanging Rock Parkway while SR 65 crosses the river and heads east as Sinking Creek Highway, which follows Sinking Creek across the ScottRussell county line. The state highway, now named Mew Road, passes through the hamlet of Mew while passing through a broad valley on its way to its northern terminus at US 58 Alternate (Castlewood Road) at Banners Corner in the unincorporated area of Castlewood.[1][2]


SR 65 was designated in March 1958 as a result of the renumbering of the former SR 66 between Clinchport and Castlewood. SR 66 was renumbered due to the impending construction of Interstate 66 in the northern part of the state; the Commonwealth Transportation Board recommended that all routes that shared a number with a proposed Interstate be renumbered.[3] No major routing changes have occurred to the route since its designation.

Major intersections

Scott0.000.00 US 23 / US 58 / US 421 – Gate City, Bristol, DuffieldSouthern terminus
Fort Blackmore17.7228.52
SR 72 south (Veterans Memorial Highway) / SR 619 (Old Route 72)
Southern end of SR 72 concurrency
SR 72 north (Hanging Rock Parkway) – Coeburn
Northern end of SR 72 concurrency

SR 774 (Long Hollow Road) to SR 71 – Gate City
former SR 72 south
RussellBanners Corner34.0654.81
US 58 Alt. – St. Paul, Norton, Abingdon
Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "2009 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  2. ^ Google (2011-09-10). "Virginia State Route 65" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  3. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (March 18, 1958). "Minutes of Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 12. Retrieved August 5, 2014.

External links

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