Proposed: U.S. Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway)

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U.S. Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) will provide a modern, safe and efficient highway through the coalfields region of southwestern Virginia.  The route is also expected to be an economic lifeline for a region experiencing high unemployment and a declining population.

It is expected that the entire multi-state Appalachian region should see a boost in commerce and tourism as a result of the Coalfields Expressway.

Designated as part of the National Highway System, the new road will link Interstates 64 and 77 in West Virginia with Route 23 in Virginia, which links to interstates in Kentucky and Tennessee. Sections of the route also overlap federally-designated Corridor Q: Route 460, which is currently being constructed/developed.

Route 121/460 map

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U.S. 121/Coalfields Expressway


All future Route 121 projects will be based on funding through VDOT's SMART SCALE program, a process where localities apply for funds and are scored statewide based on an objective, outcome-based process.


Contact Info:

Mandy Cox, project manager
276-889-7676 ext. 404

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Phase: Proposed

Long/Lat: 37.273889, -82.164722
Locality: Buchanan

Page last modified: Feb. 15, 2019