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tmoore952:

--- Quote from: Alps on August 29, 2023, 07:59:18 PM ---Sadly that really is the best detour available.

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Yes, between the ridge that runs along the WV-VA border (along which the Appalachian Trail runs, by the way), and the necessity of crossing the Shenendoah River, there aren't any other options for closeby travel.
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Any closeby options involving staying in Maryland also have to deal with this same ridge in that state as well as crossing the Potomac River. 

Using I-70 to I-81 southbound (or vice versa northbound) would also work if you want to bypass the entire area, but that is quite a bit further. Alternatively, you could also bypass the area by getting to VA 7 between Leesburg/Hillsboro area and Winchester (where I-81 is). I would probably do the latter if I had to bypass this.

74/171FAN:

--- Quote ---Using I-70 to I-81 southbound (or vice versa northbound) would also work if you want to bypass the entire area, but that is quite a bit further. Alternatively, you could also bypass the area by getting to VA 7 between Leesburg/Hillsboro area and Winchester (where I-81 is). I would probably do the latter if I had to bypass this.
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Probably best done via US 340 WB to MD 17 SB to VA 287 SB.

Dirt Roads:

--- Quote ---Using I-70 to I-81 southbound (or vice versa northbound) would also work if you want to bypass the entire area, but that is quite a bit further. Alternatively, you could also bypass the area by getting to VA 7 between Leesburg/Hillsboro area and Winchester (where I-81 is). I would probably do the latter if I had to bypass this.
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--- Quote from: 74/171FAN on August 30, 2023, 06:25:28 PM ---Probably best done via US 340 WB to MD 17 SB to VA 287 SB.

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That is correct.  But the more scenic route inspired by 74/171Fan is to stay on US-340 and cross the Potomac into Virginia, then take SR-671 (Harpers Ferry Road, the posted detour) but stay on it until you get to VA-9.  Turn left on VA-9 but don't go all the way into Hillsboro.  Take SR-751 south (Cider Mill Road, which bypasses Hillsboro) and then take SR-719 south (Woodgrove Road) all the way to Business VA-7 in Round Hill; then work your way west onto VA-7.  There's a few turns to remember, but this route stays close to the base of the Blue Ridge Front in an area where the only other way to experience it is to hike it.

The Ghostbuster:
Stay off of US 340 for a few months: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/route-340-drivers-near-harpers-ferry-brace-for-3-month-construction-delays/ar-AA1gis2Z?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=98abda85f95c4ce7b1e1563c264e1209&ei=183.

TheOneKEA:
I will be curious to see if the measured percentage of heavy trucks on I-81 has significantly increased since this project has begun. I traveled along I-81 between Winchester and Hagerstown recently and perceived significantly more heavy trucks than I remember seeing on this segment of I-81, especially north of the VMSes advertising the detour away from US 340.

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