Sep. 12-17 2020

I-68 nears Cumberland, Md.

Cumberland is one of these small cities where a major freeway gets unusually close to downtown - like Clarksburg, W.Va.; Zanesville, Ohio; or Laurel, Miss.

The very nature of building an Interstate in Cumberland necessitated some big curves like this.

Another specimen of I-68 in Cumberland.

I-68 continues to plow through the city.

This 1954 bridge crosses the Potomac River to Ridgeley, W.Va.

Here we see a concrete tangle that helps do the job of guiding I-68 through Cumberland.

This not only shows a very tight exit, but also a brick street in the background. That road is Emily Street and appears to be a dead end despite what many maps say. I-68 split up Maryland Avenue, the street served by the tight exit.

"We're the Flintstones' kids...10 million years old...And decomposing!"

This is near where I-68 sputters to its end at I-70.

US 522 crosses the Potomac River to West Virginia.

US 522 continues.

US 522/WV 9 in Berkeley Springs, a town that seems to have a rather narrow profile on the map.

WV 9 bips away from Berkeley Springs.

WV 9 continues.

Here we speed past a collection of old gas station signs.

You guessed it! WV 9!

I know this is in Martinsburg, but even if I had time to check every conceivable spot on a map to recall exactly where, there are justifiable reasons for not doing so.

Probably US 340 near Harpers Ferry.

US 340 after crossing into Virginia.

This unusual signal setup was found at the end of VA 671 at US 340. Best all, those US 340 markers look pretty old. I don't mean ancient, but surely old enough to be in one of those Maureen Teefy anti-shoplifting scare films.

Returning to West Virginia on US 340.

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