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Old 02-12-2015, 09:40 AM
 
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Any thoughts? Is it just that many people don't use this road too often? Every time I travel from Raleigh to Richmond, I'm often surprised that 85 (especially in Virginia) seems so remote and in the middle of nowhere. Barely any gas stations, fast food places, etc.
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Old 02-12-2015, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Because it is the middle of nowhere. Looking at a population density map you'll see that's one of the most sparsely populated regions of Virginia.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I do not understand the point of the original post - WHY ask why a road in a remote area is remote?
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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Is the question "why is this area so sparsely populated"?
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Basically, I-85 doesn't really take you anywhere important in VA. If we're talking about statewide importance of the major interstates in VA, it'd be I-95, followed by I-64, followed by I-81, then 66 (I don't know 66, might come out ahead of 81). That doesn't even include the beltway and all the other roads. I-85 would come in next to dead last in terms of importance, right before 77.
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Old 02-12-2015, 03:55 PM
 
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Well, it's just interesting that this highway goes through nothingness. Wouldn't you expect more gas stations and fast food places? Or is there not enough traffic from Richmond to southeastern points?
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Old 02-12-2015, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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No
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:28 PM
 
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Because Richmond travel patterns still center on 95....that's about 80% of it.

Petersburg has been on a continual decline, thus no major Virginia metro is on 85....that's about 10% of it.

And South Hill just never materialized as planned....that's the other 10% of it.

I have been told that there was a belief that South Hill would boom when the interstate went through there. But it just never has....
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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Basically, I-85 doesn't really take you anywhere important in VA. If we're talking about statewide importance of the major interstates in VA, it'd be I-95, followed by I-64, followed by I-81, then 66 (I don't know 66, might come out ahead of 81). That doesn't even include the beltway and all the other roads. I-85 would come in next to dead last in terms of importance, right before 77.
On the flipside, I-85 is probably the most important and busiest Interstate in neighboring North Carolina, as it serves several of NC's urban areas, while I-95 in NC is mostly rural.
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Old 02-13-2015, 12:20 AM
 
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dude theres a gas station at least every 5-10 miles. no big deal. the biggest problem is the cops waiting at every mile marker to pull over anyone going over 80 lol
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