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Virginia State Route 197


Virginia State Route 197

State Route 197 marker

State Route 197
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 3.60 mi[1] (5.79 km)
Existed: 1962 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 147 in Richmond
  US 33 / US 250 in Richmond
East end: US 1 / US 301 in Richmond
Counties: City of Richmond, Henrico
Highway system
SR 196 SR 198

Virginia State Route 197 (SR 197) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. The state highway runs 3.60 miles (5.79 km) from SR 147 in Richmond east to U.S. Route 1 and US 301 in Richmond.


  • Route description 1
  • Major intersections 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Route description

SR 197 begins at an intersection with SR 147 (Cary Street) in the Windsor Farms neighborhood of Richmond. The state highway heads northeast on Malvern Avenue, a four-lane undivided street that passes through a residential area and intersects SR 6 (Patterson Avenue) and Monument Avenue. North of Broad Street, which carries US 33 and US 250, SR 197 enters an industrial area and leaves the city of Richmond. The state highway follows Westwood Avenue through Henrico County. SR 197 expands to a divided highway as it passes under Interstate 195 (I-195) (Beltline Expressway) with no access, then crosses over CSX's RF&P Subdivision. North of the railroad tracks, Westwood Avenue splits to the east at a partial trumpet interchange; there is no direct access from westbound Westwood Avenue to eastbound SR 197 or from westbound SR 197 to eastbound Westwood Avenue. SR 197 continues as Saunders Avenue, which re-enters the city of Richmond just north of the Westwood Avenue interchange and has a short split section just south of its junction with Laburnum Avenue.[1][2]

SR 197 continues east along four-lane divided Laburnum Avenue, which also heads west as an unnumbered street a short distance to a partial diamond interchange with I-195 just south of its junction with I-64 and I-95 (Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike). SR 197 passes under the two Interstates just south of their divergence point and passes an entrance to westbound I-64. The state highway continues east through a residential area where it intersects SR 161 (Hermitage Road); in the center of the intersection is a statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill. After intersecting Brook Road, SR 197 reaches its eastern terminus at US 1 and US 301 (Chamberlayne Avenue) in the Ginter Park neighborhood. Laburnum Avenue continues as a partial circumferential highway of Richmond through Henrico County that provides access to Richmond International Raceway and East Highland Park and eventually ends at the junction of SR 5 and SR 895.[1][2]

Major intersections

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
City of Richmond 0.00 0.00 SR 147 (Cary Street Road) to SR 195 Western terminus
SR 6 (Patterson Avenue)
Monument Avenue former SR 418 east
1.22 1.96 US 33 / US 250 (West Broad Street)
No major junctions
City of Richmond 1.85 2.98 Westwood Avenue interchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
2.27 3.65 To I‑195 south / West Laburnum Avenue
I‑64 west I-64 exit 186
2.76 4.44 SR 161 (Hermitage Road)
3.60 5.79 US 1 / US 301 (Chamberlayne Avenue) to I‑95 north Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d "2010 Traffic Data". Virginia Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
    • Chesterfield County, City of Colonial Heights, and City of Richmond (PDF)
    • Henrico County (PDF)
  2. ^ a b  

External links

  • Virginia Highways Project: VA 197
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