VIRGINIA (WFXR) – Parts of southwest Virginia will need a new area code soon.
Due to population and business growth, the supply of available phone number combinations is projected to run out in a little over two years.
The North American Numbering Plan Administrator has filed with the State Corporation Commission for a new area code, but right now there’s no word on what the new one will be.
Major cities in the 540 area code include Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester, as well as the counties of Augusta, Franklin, Frederick, Montgomery, Roanoke, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Warren, Winchester and even a portion of Loudoun county.
All existing customers will eventually have to dial 10 digits for all calls, including local calls.
New customers will be assigned the new area code.
Right now there’s no official time table on when these changes will be made, but it will take at least 13 months for industry leaders to implement the new 10-digit dialing plan.