Interstate 81 North - Warren & Frederick Counties

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The brief stretch of Interstate 81 through northern Warren County includes the one-mile approach to Interstate 66 east (Exit 300). Interstate 66 begins in rural fashion on the Frederick County line near Middletown and travels east eight miles to Front Royal and 42 miles to Gainesville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 300 provides the last connection with Skyline Drive south through Shenandoah National Park. Interstate 66 interchanges with U.S. 340 & 522 at Exit 6. The pair lead south through Front Royal, with U.S. 340 turning southwest directly to Skyline Drive. Photo taken 06/01/04.
Northbound at the partition of Interstate 81 north and the eastbound beginning of Interstate 66 (Exit 300). Interstate 66 currently only extends eastward to Washington, DC. Additions to the national high priority corridor system has resulted in plans that would extend Interstate 66 west from Strasburg across the country via the High Priority Corridor 3: Trans-America Corridor. Interstate 66 is being actively developed by the state of Kentucky, and it is possible that this extant section of the freeway may be extended west to reach Kentucky perhaps via Corridor H/U.S. 48 or perhaps by existing freeways (Interstate 81 and Interstate 64). Photo taken 06/01/04.
Northbound Interstate 81 drivers enter Frederick County beyond the Exit 300 gore point. Interstate 66 meanwhile remains within Warren County to Manassas Gap across the Blue Ridge mountains. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A look at the ramps between Interstate 66 and 81 as they pass over Interstate 81 north near Meadow Mills and Cedar Creek Battlefield. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 81 continues a short distance to the Exit 302 diamond interchange with Virginia Secondary 627 (Reliance Road) at Middletown. SSR 627 wanders northwest from U.S. 340 & 522 at Cedarville through Reliance to I-81. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 302 leaves Interstate 81 north for SSR 627 (Reliance Road). U.S. 11 (Main Street / Valley Pike) travels nearby from Middletown to Vaucluse. SSR 627 continues northwest from Main Street to Marlboro. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A pair of truck weigh stations follow on the stretch of Interstate 81 between Exits 302 and 307 at Klines Mill. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Winchester, the final city along Interstate 81 north in Virginia, is next. Martinsburg, West Virginia and Hagerstown, Maryland are reached after the 324.92 mile mark. Photo taken 07/16/05.
Virginia 277, a 4.72-mile route between Interstate 81 and U.S. 340 and 522 at their merge, meets Interstate 81 at the Exit 307 diamond interchange in Stephens City. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 277 follows Fairfax Pike east to U.S. 522 (Winchester Road) at U.S. 340 (Lord Fairfax Highway) east at Double Tollgate in Clarke County. U.S. 340 leads east from there through White Post, Berryville, Charles Town, West Virginia, and Frederick, Maryland.
SSR 631 continues Fairfax Street west from Exit 307 to U.S. 11 (Main Street) and SSR 628 (Middle Road) near Poplar Ridge. Photo taken 07/24/04.
The first of four Winchester area interchanges is that of the Exit 310 diamond interchange with Virginia 37 near Kernstown in south Winchester. Virginia 37 constitutes a 9.06-mile freeway loop around the west side of the city between Interstate 81 and U.S. 11 near Exit 317. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 (Valley Pike) leads north from Bartonville to a folded diamond interchange with Virginia 37 south of Kernstown. Virginia Secondary 642 (Tasker Road) ties into Exit 310 from suburban areas to the southeast. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 310 departs Interstate 81 north for Virginia 37 north to U.S. 50 (Northwestern Pike) west to Gore and Romney West Virginia and U.S. 522 north to Gainesboro and Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The two routes meet Interstate 81 directly at Exit 313, but the freeway is clearly the route of choice for northwestern interests. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Shield assembly posted at the end of the Exit 310 off-ramp for Virginia 37. Construction is underway to expand the diamond interchange outward to accommodate future loop or flyover ramps. Virginia 37 and SSR 642 will see their intersection relocate slightly further east. The grand plan for Virginia 37 is for the highway to encircle all of the Winchester area as a full loop. Photo taken 07/16/05.
U.S. 522 ventures northward from U.S. 340 onto Front Royal Pike by Winchester Regional Airport. The US Route combines with U.S. 17 & 50 along Millwood Pike at the Exit 313 parclo interchange on the Winchester city line. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Through tractor trailers bound for Interstate 66 east are prohibited from taking U.S. 17 south from Winchester. U.S. 17 provides a more direct route to Interstate 66 south of its split with U.S. 50 at Paris. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 313 loops to the intersection of U.S. 522 (Front Royal Pike) south from U.S. 17 & 50 (Millwood Pike). The trio follow Millwood Avenue northwest from Interstate 81 and Apple Blossom Mall to U.S. 11 (Gerrard / Cameron Streets), where U.S. 17 formally ends. U.S. 50 & 522 follow the one-way street couplet with U.S. 11 through Downtown otherwise. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 7 also begins in Winchester and follows National Avenue east to Berryville Avenue and a folded diamond interchange (Exit 315) with Interstate 81 at the city line. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 7 (Berryville Pike) continues east from Interstate 81 and Winchester to the Clarke County seat of Berryville and ultimately to the city of Alexandria. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Taking the Exit 315 off-ramp to Virginia 7 from Interstate 81 north. The state route varies between divided highway and freeway as it links Winchester with the D.C. suburbs, traveling 71.32 miles from end to end. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 11 crosses paths for the final time in Virginia at a diamond interchange (Exit 317) near the north end of Virginia 37. U.S. 11 follows Martinsburg Pike northeast from Loudon Street in Winchester to a wye interchangee with the Virginia 37 freeway end. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia 37 travels west 1.9 miles to U.S. 522 and 3.6 miles to U.S. 50 from U.S. 11 (Martinsburg Pike) on the industrial north side of Winchester. U.S. 11 continues parallel to Interstate 81 through Stephenson and Clearbrook. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Harrisburg joins Hagerstown and Martinsburg as destinations for Interstate 81 north beyond the state line. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia Secondary 672 (Hopewell Road) crosses paths with Interstate 81 at Exit 321 west of Clearbrook. Photo taken 07/24/04.
SSR 672 heads west to SSR 654 (Apple Pie Ridge Road) at Cedar Grove and east from U.S. 11 (Martinsburg Pike) in Clearbrook to Brucetown, Wadesville, and SSR 761 near Jamestown, West Virginia. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Virginia Secondary 669 (Rest Church Road) arcs east from SSR 671 (White Hall Road) east of White Hall, to meet Interstate 81 at Exit 321 near Rest. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Northbound drivers reach the final Virginia exit, Exit 322 to SSR 669 (Rest Church Road). U.S. 11 meets SSR 669 at Rest next to the diamond interchange, while SSR 669 continues east from U.S. 11 (Martinsburg Pike) to SSR 671 (Woodside Road) south of Ridgeway, West Virginia. Photo taken 07/24/04.


 


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06/01/04, 07/24/04, 07/16/05 by AARoads

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Virginia 37

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