U.S. Route 250

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U.S. Route 250 is an east-west U.S. highway that passes through Albemarle County, and has a business route through as well as a bypass around Charlottesville.

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The roadway is approximately parallel to I-64, which 250 crosses from time to time.

Western Albemarle

250 enters Albemarle County in the west at the top of Afton Mountain, where it has an exit with I-64.

It is signed Rockfish Gap Turnpike from this point until it reaches the intersection with Virginia State Route 240 between Crozet and Ivy. East of this intersection, 250 is signed Ivy Road.

A rockslide that began on May 3, 2021 shut down the roadway at this location for several weeks while a long-term solution was found. [1]


From west to east, 250 continues as Ivy Road, which first becomes University Avenue and later West Main Street. 250 turns onto Ridge/McIntire Road, and then onto High Street. It joins the bypass in Charlottesville just east of the Free Bridge.

The first section of this road was completed in 1953. The city and county both agreed to extend the road at a joint meeting in February 1957. [2].


Main article: Route 250 Bypass

The business and bypass routes diverge where Ivy Road meets the Route 29 Bypass, forming the western end of the Route 250 Bypass. The bypass is cosigned with the Route 29 Bypass until the 29 bypass diverges to rejoin Route 29 Business. The 250 bypass continues to be limited access until it joins the business route in Charlottesville just east of the Free Bridge.


The State Highway Commission approved a request for U.S. 250 and Route 20 to be routed through Charlottesville in November 1948. At the time, Route 250 traveled along Rugby Road between University Avenue and Grady Avenue. Police Chief M. F. Greaver ordered a ban on parking along that stretch of road. [3]

A preliminary study for this work was completed in May 1948. [4]

Eastern Albemarle

After crossing the Rivanna River to Pantops, 250 continues through Shadwell. Parts of the road are known as either Three Chop't Road or Three Notch'd Road.

A bridge that carries the road over the Buckingham Branch railroad is deteriorating, leading to weight restrictions of 15 tons. [5]

Transportation studies


  1. Web. Green Business Alliance forms to advance emissions reductions; Northam signs legislation for New River Valley train station, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, May 6, 2021, retrieved May 11, 2021.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 1 Feb. 1957.
  3. Web. Highway Change in City Approved, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, November 19, 1948, retrieved November 19, 2022. Print. November 19, 1948 page 3.
  4. Web. By-Pass Survey Work Completed, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, May 10, 1948, retrieved May 10, 2023. Print. May 10, 1948 page 1.
  5. Web. Weight Limit on Route 250 Bridge at Shadwell Reduced to 15 Tons, Albemarle County, March 3, 2011, retrieved March 7, 2011.