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Interstate 68 - National Freeway

Interstate 68 follows the National Freeway from the state of West Virginia east to Interstate 70 at Hancock. The highway travels across the Appalachian Mountains across the Maryland panhandle through the city of Cumberland. The 82-mile route overlaps with U.S. 40 for all but the westernmost 14 miles.

Interstate 68 replaced U.S. 48 along the National Freeway when it was designated in 1991. For more on the history and development of the Interstate 68 corridor, visit National Freeway (I-68) by Scott Kozel.

Interstate 68 Maryland Highway Guides

Scenes Pertaining to Interstate 68
Exit 43A of the National Freeway provides the connection between Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 and West Virginia 28 Alternate (Bridge Street) at Ridgeley, West Virginia. The ramp departs onto adjacent Johnson Street as the freeway elevates over Johnson Street, Water Street, and Evitts Creek through to downtown Cumberland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Johnson Street curves northward underneath Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 and intersects Greene Street (former U.S. 220). Greene Street travels adjacent to the freeway between Water Street and the Exit 42 interchange with U.S. 220's departure from the National Freeway. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Traffic to West Virginia 28 Alternate (Bridge Street) should turn right onto Greene Street for Water Street southbound. A trailblazer resides at the Johnson Street intersection with the former U.S. 220. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Greene Street (former U.S. 220) ends one block east of Johnson Street at Water Street. Motorists bound for West Virginia 28 Alternate (Bridge Street) should turn south onto Water Street to cross the Potomac River. Water Street northbound intersects Baltimore, Cumberland, and Washington Streets one block to the north. Former U.S. 220 turns east onto Baltimore Street into downtown Cumberland from there. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Water Street passes underneath Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 ahead of a steel arch bridge over the Potomac River. A low clearance sign for West Virginia 28 Alternate lies ahead of the river advising motorists of the Mulligan Street under crossing in Ridgely, West Virginia. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Crossing the Potomac River along Water Street southbound between Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 and junction West Virginia 28 (Bridge Street). Photo taken 08/07/04.
The south banks of the Potomac River represent the West Virginia state line. A welcome to West Virginia and Mineral County line sign greet southbound motorists at the bridge end. Water Street becomes Bridge Street and West Virginia 28 Alternate at this point. Photo taken 08/07/04.

Water Street northbound at Greene Street just north of the Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 viaduct and the Potomac River. Greene Street represents the pre-freeway alignment of U.S. 220 through west Cumberland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Traffic crossing the Potomac River north of West Virginia 28 Alternate are directed west onto Greene Street and south onto Johnson Street from Water Street. Johnson Street passes under the Interstate 68 viaduct and sees an eastbound on-ramp to the National Freeway. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Johnson Street dead ends in a residential area ahead as traffic to Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 eastbound enters the National Freeway. Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 cross Evitts Creek between Johnson Street and downtown Cumberland. Photo taken 08/07/04.

Photo Credits:
2004-08-07 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 70
U.S. Highway 40
U.S. Highway 522 - Washington County

Page Updated 03-14-2005.

 
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