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Interstate 70 West - Washington County

Interstate 70 west
Lowering through Greenbrier State Park, Interstate 70 reaches the first Washington County interchange at Exit 35, junction Maryland 66 (Mapleville Road). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Maryland 66 is a 12.84-mile state route betewen U.S. 40 Alternate at Boonsboro and Maryland 64 outside Smithsburg. Locally, Mapleville Road travels to Mount Aetna, Beaver Creek, and Wagners Crossroads (junction U.S. 40). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Continuing west from Beaver Creek along Interstate 70. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A look at the original button copy guide sign for the one-mile approach to Exits 32B/A near Funkstown. Photo taken 06/01/04.
U.S. 40 follows the National Pike northwest from South Mountain and Wagners Crossroads to meet Interstate 70 at a full-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 32). Photo taken 12/30/08.
This older, button copy sign was used for the exit from westbound Interstate 70 to U.S. 40 west. U.S. 40 transitions from a rural divided highway into a commercial arterial leading into Hagerstown. Photo taken 06/01/04.
The sign replacement for Exit 32B to U.S. 40 (Dual Highway) west. U.S. 40 travels directly to downtown. U.S. 40 Alternate enters the central business district from Funkstown and Frederick Street to the west. Photo taken 12/30/08.

Older, but not original, overheads and their replacements along Interstate 70 west at the Exit 32B ramp departure to U.S. 40 (Dual Highway) west. This is the first of four exits serving Hagerstown. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 32A loops onto U.S. 40 (National Pike) east toward Wagners Crossroads. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Mileage sign with the Interstate 70 control points of Hancock (junction Interstate 68) and Breezewood (junction Interstate 76). Cumberland is featured for Interstate 68 west. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 70 stays south of Funkstown and crosses Antietam Creek on the one-mile approach to Exit 29 (Maryland 65). The views here look at the original guide sign and its replacement. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
Maryland 65 (Sharpsburg Pike south / Potomac Street north) constitutes a 11.75-mile route between Maryland 34 near the Potomac River bridge and the Hagerstown city limits near Wilson Boulevard. Pictured here is the one-half mile guide sign for Exit 29 and an upcoming exits sign giving the first indication to drivers of the approaching junction with Interstate 81. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Westbound Interstate 70 at Exit 29, Potomac Street north into downtown Hagerstown and Maryland 65 south to Sharpsburg. Like other clustered route numbers in Maryland, the area around Hagerstown is home to Maryland 65 / Potomac Street, Maryland 64 / Jefferson Boulevard, Maryland 60 / Leitersburg Pike, Maryland 58 / Cearfoss Pike, and Maryland 68. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
The following exit along westbound is Exit 28, Junction Maryland 632 (Downsville Pike). Maryland 632 follows Maryland Avenue in south Hagerstown to an endpoint at the intersection of Downsville Road. The full-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 81 is now 2.50 miles to the west. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A folded-cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 70 and Maryland 632 at Exit 28. Maryland 632 joins the Vardo and Halfway communities south of Hagerstown with Downsville (junction Maryland 63) to the south. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 70 westbound reassurance shield posted between Maryland 632 and Interstate 81. A highway travel advisory sign illuminates in the distance for a traffic back-up on Interstate 70 near Hancock. Photo taken 08/07/04.
1.50 miles east of Exits 26B/A to Interstate 81 west of Halfway. Photo taken 12/30/08.
In addition to its main control cities of Harrisburg and Roanoke, Interstate 81 south reaches Williamsport and Martinsburg, West Virginia and north to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Nearing the Bower Avenue overpass, Interstate 70 draws to within one mile of the Exit 26 ramp departure to Interstate 81. Interstate 81 travels just 12.08 miles within the Free State. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 northbound joins Hagerstown with its Regional Airport (HGR) at Exit 10. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 is a major corridor in the northeast, connecting Ontario in the north with Interstate 40 in eastern Tennessee, following U.S. 11 for its entire length. There is no exit from Interstate 70 to U.S. 11; use Interstate 81 or Exit 28 / Maryland 632 to reach U.S. 11. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 70 passes over U.S. 11 (Virginia Avenue) ahead of the split with the c/d road of Exit 26 to Interstate 81. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Now on the collector/distributor roadway of Exit 26 from Interstate 70 westbound to Interstate 81. Exit 26B leaves the freeway for Interstate 81 northbound to Hagerstown, Chambersburg, and Harrisburg. Three interchanges serve Hagerstown on Interstate 81 north of Interstate 70. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Sign replacements increase the size of the Interstate 81 shields and add missing exit tabs for Exits 26B and 26A. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Traffic to Interstate 81 southbound departs Interstate 70 west for Martinsburg, West Virginia; Winchester, Virginia; and Roanoke, Virginia. Interstate 81 crosses the Potomac River into the Mountain State within four miles. Photo taken 08/07/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
One mile west of the Exit 24 diamond interchange with Maryland 63 (Greencastle Pike) near the community of Huyett. Maryland 63 travels 1.5 miles north from Interstate 70 to junction U.S. 40 (National Pike) at Huyett itself. The state highway continues north from there to Troupe Springs and Cearfoss before meeting Pennsylvania 163 at the state line. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Another button copy guide sign for Exit 24 posted on Interstate 70 westbound. Maryland 63 (Greencastle Pike) derives its name from the connection to Pennsylvania 163 and Greencastle, Pennsylvania. The state highway merges with U.S. 11 (Potomac Street) 2.2 miles to the south in Williamsport. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Cedar Ridge Road travels over Interstate 70 beyond the Exit 24 interchange with Maryland 63. Posted ahead of the over crossing is a mileage sign for the next exit at Clear Spring and first indication of junction Interstate 68. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Maryland 68 crosses paths with Interstate 70 at the Exit 18 diamond interchange. The state highway follows Clear Spring Road from its end at U.S. 40 (National Pike) in Clear Spring southeast to Pinesburg and Williamsport. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A sign is posted at the Ashton Road under crossing for Exit 18 advising motorists to remain on Interstate 70 west for Interstate 68 (National Freeway) and to not take Maryland 68. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 westbound at the ramp departure of Exit 18 for Maryland 68 (Clear Spring Road). A small guide sign reminds Interstate 68 bound motorists to continue straight. Maryland 68 ends at the Mill Street intersection with U.S. 40 (National Pike) in adjacent Clear Spring to the north. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 draws closer to the Potomac River at the community of Big Pool. There Maryland 56 (Big Pool Road) interchanges with the freeway at Exit 12. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Maryland 56 (Big Pool Road) loops west from Maryland 68 (Clear Spring Road) to Big Pool and Interstate 70. From Exit 12 the state highway turns northward to U.S. 40 near its intersection with Indian Springs Road. Use Indian Springs Road north for the community of Indian Springs. Photo taken 08/07/04.
This guide sign touts the benefits of Interstate 68 for long distance travelers to Ohio and points west along the Interstate 70 corridor. Interstate 68 ends at Interstate 79 in Morgantown south of Washington, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 hugs the Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historic Park along the Potomac River between Big Pool and Hancock (Exit 3). A second guide sign reminds motorists of the pending westbound beginning of Interstate 68 at Exit 1. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west
A mileage sign exists after the Exit 9 partial "Y" interchange with U.S. 40 on Interstate 70 westbound. U.S. 40 cosigns with Interstate 70 west to Interstate 68 at Exit 1A. This is where Interstate 70 turns north into Pennsylvania and U.S. 40 continues west along with Interstate 68 toward Cumberland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Maryland 615 (Millstone Road) parallels Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 westbound closely east of Hancock. The state highway comprises the original routing of U.S. 40 and is accessible via ramps from Exit 5. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 and U.S. 40 west at the Exit 5 off-ramp to Maryland 615 (Millstone Road). Maryland 615 intersects Maryland 456 (Hollow Road) before turning north toward the Pennsylvania state line. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Sideling Hill Exhibit Center resides along Interstate 68 and U.S. 40 (National Freeway) just west of their departure from Interstate 70 at Sideling Hill itself. A guide sign touts the attraction ten miles east along Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound at the Exit 5 eastbound ramp under crossing near Hancock. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A left-hand exit carries drivers off Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound into Hancock via Maryland 144 (old U.S. 40). The state route follows Main Street along the Potomac River into Hancock between Exit 3 and U.S. 522. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Drawing to within one half mile of the Exit 3 interchange with Maryland 144 (Main Street) near Hancock. Maryland 144 is the number assigned to various segments of original U.S. 40 in Maryland west of Baltimore. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The topography of the Potomac River valley necessitated the use of a left-hand off-ramp for Maryland 144 west from Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound at Exit 3. The state highway again interacts with U.S. 40 at the Exit 77 interchange of Interstate 68 via the Western Pike. Photo taken 08/07/04.
U.S. 522 interchanges with Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 at the Exit 1B tri-level stack interchange north of Hancock. The federal highway travels south above the town and across the Potomac River into Morgan County, West Virginia. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Auxiliary guide sign including the West Virginia control points of Berkley Springs for U.S. 522 south (Exit 1B) and Morgantown for Interstate 68 (Exit 1A). Berkeley Springs lies six miles to the southwest. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The Sideling Hill rock cut for the National Freeway draws into view as Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound near the Exit 1B left-hand off-ramp to U.S. 522 south. The federal route is signed with the control city of Winchester, Virginia. That city lies 47 miles to the south at the confluence of U.S. 11-50 and Interstate 81. Photo taken 08/07/04.
U.S. 522 northbound joins Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound via the Exit 1B stack interchange. The federal highway continues northward with Interstate 70 five miles to Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 westbound at the ramp departure of Exit 1B for U.S. 522 southbound. The federal route reaches the Mountain State in 1.25 miles near Potomac Airpark and River Road. 0.75 miles separate the off-ramp from U.S. 522's junction with Maryland 144 (Main Street) otherwise. Photo taken 08/07/04.
0.50-mile diagrammatical overhead for the Exit 1A interchange with Interstate 68's eastern terminus. Known as the National Freeway for the highway in which it replaced (National Highway), Interstate 68 cosigns with U.S. 40 west from Hancock to Keysers Ridge via Cumberland in the Maryland high country. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 70-U.S. 40 west & U.S. 522 north
A second guide sign advises motorists of the upcoming left-hand off-ramp for Interstate 68 & U.S. 40 westbound on Interstate 70 west & U.S. 522 north. The city of Cumberland lies 38 miles to the west along the Potomac River in Allegeny County. Photo taken 06/24/12.
The westbound beginning of Interstate 68 leaves Interstate 70 with U.S. 40 for Sideling Hill, Cumberland, and Morgantown, West Virginia. Interstate 68 replaced U.S. 48 east of its split with U.S. 40 in Garrett County in the mid 1980s. The freeway ends at Interstate 79 presently. Plans exist to extend Interstate 68 northwest to Interstate 70 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Exit 1A gore point sign for Interstate 68 west on Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west and U.S. 522 north. The first exit for westbound travelers is Exit 77 with Maryland 144 (Western Pike) near Sideling Hill. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Interstate 70 west & U.S. 522 north
Next in line for motorists traveling Interstate 70 and U.S. 522 north is the Pennsylvania welcome center. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Interstate 70 west & U.S. 522 northbound reassurance shields posted after their departure of the Exit 1A tri-level stack interchange. Photo taken 06/24/12.
Interstate 70 west & U.S. 522 north cross the Pennsylvania state line and enter Fulton County. The Buck Valley Road Road (original U.S. 522) overpass crosses in the background. Photo taken 06/24/12.



Photo Credits:
2004-06-01, 2004-08-07, 2008-12-30, 2012-06-24 by AARoads

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Interstate 68 - National Freeway
Interstate 81
U.S. Highway 40
U.S. Highway 522 - Washington County

Page Updated 02-04-2013.

 
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