These photos were taken by the Virginia Department of Highways in April 1974.
|Paving is underway on this
section of I-77, looking north from the Hicksville area to the Rocky Gap area
in Bland County. This section is north of the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.
Photo taken by the Virginia Department of Highways, in April 1974.
|Earth moving operations for I-77 construction in progress at Fancy Gap. To the north (upper left) is the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo taken by the Virginia Department of Highways, in April 1974.|
"Pushing Ahead on I-77", Virginia Highway Bulletin, Virginia
Department of Highways, April 1974, concerns the 6-mile-long project in the Fancy
Gap area that crosses the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Direct
quote (in blue text):
|Map showing the 33.5 miles
of I-77, from the North Carolina border, to I-81 at Fort Chiswell, Virginia,
by the Virginia Department of Highways, 1974.
The 8.6-mile long section of I-77 from the North Carolina border to VA-148 at Fancy Gap opened in July 1977. The next 15.7-mile-long section from VA-148 to VA-69 at Poplar Camp opened in December 1977. The next 9.2-mile-long section from VA-69 to I-81 at Fort Chiswell opened on December 4, 1978, completing I-77 from North Carolina to I-81. Lengths and opening dates from Interstate System Opened to Traffic as of July 1, 1992, by Virginia Department of Transportation.
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