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Interstate 81 South

Interstate 81 south
Welcome to Virginia sign posted as Interstate 81 enters Berkeley County from its crossing of the Potomac River. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A tourist information center and rest area lie one half mile ahead along Interstate 81 south (west) near Marlowe. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Southbound Interstate 81 at the West Virginia Welcome Center off-ramp. U.S. 11 parallels the freeway to the nort hfrom Williamsport, Maryland through Marlowe. Photo taken 12/30/08.
The 1.50-mile guide sign for Exit 23 (junction U.S. 11) resides next to the welcome center. U.S. 11 follows Williamsport Pike through Marlowe. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 81 with U.S. 11 (Williamsport Pike) one mile west of the Broad Lane overpass. Photo taken 12/30/08.
The first state-named shield of Interstate 81 in quite some distance lies below the Broad Lane bridge. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 11 switches sides from north of Interstate 81 to southeast of it at Exit 23. The US route continues southwest to the Potomac Riverside community of Falling Waters. Photo taken 12/30/08.

Exit 23 departs Interstate 81 south for U.S. 11 (Williamsport Pike). U.S. 11 does not meet the freeway again directly until Winchester, Virginia. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Martinsburg, the main city of the eastern arm of West Virginia, lies ten miles to the south. West Virginia 901 (Hammonds Mill Road) crosses paths with Interstate 81 in two miles. Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 901 connects U.S. 11 (Williamsport Pike) to the east with Spring Mills to the west. Photo taken 12/30/08.
One mile north of the Exit 20 diamond interchange with West Virginia 901 (Hammonds Mills Road) on Interstate 81 south. Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 901 derives its number from West Virginia 9 at Hedgesville. The state route travels six miles between West Virginia 9 and U.S. 11. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
Interstate 81 south at the Exit 20 off-ramp to West Virginia 9 (Hamonds Mills Road). The previously rural interchange is now home to big box retail, strip malls, residential subdivisions, and other suburban type sprawl. Photos taken 12/30/08.
A parking area follows the Exit 20 on-ramp as southbound drivers see this mileage sign listing Roanoke, Virginia for the first time. Photo taken 12/30/08.
WVDOT typically signs urban area interchanges with upcoming exits signs such as this. This particular panel includes the distances to the first three of four Martinsburg exits of Interstate 81 south. Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 9 (Hedgesville Road) leads south five miles from Hedgesville (junction West Virginia 901) to a full-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 81 (Exits 16W/E). Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 9 is a multi-state route with Virginia 9 east to Leesburg. Westward, the state route becomes Maryland 51 across the Potomac River near Paw Paw. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exit 16W departs Interstate 81 south in one half mile for West Virginia 9 (Hedgesville Road) west to Berkeley Springs (junction U.S. 522). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Southbound Interstate 81 at the off-ramp to West Virginia 9 west. Surburbanization of the corridor leading north to North Mountain has converted the rural farm land to housing tracts on the drive to Hedgesville. The state route is part of a growing commuter corridor leading into Northern Virginia. Because of this distinction, an expressway is planned or under construction from Martinsburg southeast to the Charles Town bypass and eastward to Loudon County, Virginia. Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 9 follows Edwin Miller Boulevard south to become North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The state route joins U.S. 11 through the central business district. Interests to Shepherd University should follow North Queen Street south to West Virginia 45 east to Shephardstown. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 maintains six overall lanes through Martinsburg. A CSX Railroad bridge and Rock Cliff Drive (Berkeley County 10) pass over the freeway in this scene. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Next in line for southbound drivers along Interstate 81 south is the Exit 14 diamond interchange with Berkeley County 13 (Dry Run Road). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Reassurance shield posted for Interstate 81 south north of Martinsburg. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Exits 14-13-12 all provide access to the Berkeley County seat of Martinsburg to the east. Interstate 81 straddles the western city limits between Dry Run Road and Winchester Avenue. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Berkeley County 13 follows Dry Run Road northwest from Tavern Road in Martinsburg toward North Mountain and Tomahawk. Exit 14 opened after the initial completion of Interstate 81. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Tavern Road meanders through north Martinsburg to Moler Avenue and junction West Virginia 45 at U.S. 11 & West Virginia 9 (North Queen Street). Tennessee Avenue begins and meanders southward to the Rosemont section of the city. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A diamond interchange follows with Berkeley County 13 (King Street east / Tuscarorar Pike west) on Interstate 81 south. King Street provides a direct route to downtown. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 81 reassurance marker posted ahead of the Tuscarora Creek crossing along the southbound freeway. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 11 follows King Street west from West Virginia 9 & 45 (South Queen Street) to Winchester Avenue south. Berkeley County 15 continues the road west to the Rosemont neighborhood and junction Interstate 81 (Exit 13). Tuscarora Pike continues the county route west to Nollville. Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 45 (Apple Harvest Drive) meets Interstate 81 at the Exit 12 diamond interchange west of U.S. 11 (Winchester Avenue). Photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 45 provides a direct route to the West Virginia 9 expressway leading southeast to Kearneysville and Charles Town (junction U.S. 340). Westward, the state route continues to Glengary and the Virginia state line (as SSR 681 south) near Little Mountain. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
Exit 12 leaves Interstate 81 south for West Virginia 45 (Apple Harvest Drive). U.S. 11 parallels Interstate 81 nearby via Winchester Avenue between downtown Martinsburg, Pikeside and Eastern Virginia Regional Airport (Shepherd Field) [MRB]. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
Interstate 81 reduces back into a four-lane freeway on the two-mile approach to Berkeley County 32 (Exit 8). Photo taken 12/30/08.
A frontage road (Berkeley County 81/3) parallels Interstate 81 south to the Exit 8 diamond interchange with Berkeley County 32 (Tabler Station Road). Tabler Station Road travels east to U.S. 11 (Winchester Avenue) near the airport. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Drivers bound for Berkeley County 32 (Tabler Station Road) west to Arden and east to Tablers Station depart Interstate 81 south at Exit 8. Exit 8 was added sometime after the initial completion of the freeway. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
Next in line for southbound drivers are the communities of Inwood (Exit 5) and Winchester, Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
West Virginia 51 (Gerrardstown Road) meets Interstate 81 at Inwood via the Exit 5 diamond interchange. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
One mile north of the Exit 5 off-ramp to West Virginia 51 (Gerrardstown Road). West Virginia 51 travels east 12 miles to Charles Town and west five miles to its end at West Virginia 45. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
West Virginia 51 travels a short distance west to Gerrardstown and east to a brief merge with U.S. 11 (Winchester Avenue) south in Inwood from Exit 5. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04. Third photo taken 12/30/08. Fourth photo taken 06/01/04.
Inwood, like areas of Martinsburg to the north, includes its own homogeneous landscape of suburban sprawl. Houses dot the adjacent Hensaw Road, offering home owners "freeway side views". Interstate 81 continues four miles to Whitehall, Virginia otherwise. Photo taken 06/01/04. Second photo taken 12/30/08.
Nearing the Sam Mason Road overpass, Interstate 81 draws to within two miles of the first Virginia exit, junction Virginia Secondary 669 (Rest Church Road). Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 06/01/04.
West Virginia sign standards are used on all approach guide panels for the Exit 323 diamond interchange with SSR 669 (Rest Church Road). SSR 669 travels west from U.S. 11 (Martinsburg Pike) at Rest to SSR 661 south to Grimes and SSR 671 west to Whitehall. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Milepost zero of Interstate 81 in West Virginia lies ahead of the Exit 323 ramp departure to Virginia Secondary 669. U.S. 11 (Martinsburg Pike) enters Virginia nearby from Bunker Hill and Ridgeway and remains close to the freeway through Clear Brook, Virginia. Photo taken 12/30/08.



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