Virginia State Route 96

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State Route 96

Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length7.83 mi[1] (12.60 km)
Major junctions
West end US 501 near Cluster Springs
Major intersections SR 49 / SR 734 in Virgilina
East end NC 49 / NC 96 in Virgilina
CountryUnited States
Highway system
I-95 SR 97

State Route 96 (SR 96) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known for most of its length as Virgilina Road, the state highway runs 7.83 miles (12.60 km) from U.S. Route 501 (US 501) near Cluster Springs east to the North Carolina state line in Virgilina. In Virgilina, SR 96 runs concurrently with SR 49 south to the border, where the highways continue as North Carolina Highway 96 (NC 96) and NC 49, respectively.

Route description

View west along SR 96 just west of Virgilina

SR 96 begins at an intersection with US 501 (Huell Matthews Highway) south of Cluster Springs in southern Halifax County. The state highway heads southeast as Virgilina Road, which crosses Mayo Creek. East of Bluewing Creek, SR 96 heads east to the town of Virgilina, where the highway follows 7th Street. In the center of town, the state highway meets SR 49 at Florence Avenue. Northbound SR 49 follows 7th Street toward Clarksville while both state highways turn south onto Florence Avenue. After crossing over the former alignment of the Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway, the two highways reach their respective termini at the North Carolina state line. The two highways, which retain their numbers south of the border, continue south for a short distance before diverging; NC 49 heads southwest toward Roxboro and NC 96 heads southeast toward Oxford.[1][2]


SR 96 was originally part of State Route 302, added in 1931 from State Route 18 (now US 501) east three miles (5 km) towards Virgilina.[3] By 1932, this southern piece of SR 302 became part of State Route 59, and that year it was extended east the rest of the way to Virgilina.[4] In the 1933 renumbering, all of SR 59 became part of State Route 49. The piece west of Virgilina, as well as the several blocks south to the state line in Virgilina (which had not been numbered before then[5]), became State Route 96 in the 1940 renumbering to match North Carolina Highway 96.[6]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Halifax County.

0.000.00 US 501 (Huell Matthews Highway) – Roxboro, NC, South BostonWestern terminus
SR 49 north (Seventh Street) / SR 734 (Florence Avenue) – Clarksville, Red Bank
Western end of SR 49 concurrency

NC 49 south / NC 96 south – Roxboro, Oxford
North Carolina state line; eastern terminus; eastern end of SR 49 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  2. ^ Google (2011-10-20). "Virginia State Route 96" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  3. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (December 18, 1930). "Minutes of Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 9.
  4. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (July 27–29, 1932). "Minutes of Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 17.
  5. ^ Map of Halifax County, revised July 1, 1936
  6. ^ State Highway Commission of Virginia (October 10, 1940). "Minutes of Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Richmond: Commonwealth of Virginia. p. 14.

External links

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