U.S. Route 522

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U.S. Route 522 marker

U.S. Route 522
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 22
Length: 308 mi[1] (496 km)
Existed: 1943[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 60 in Powhatan, VA
 

I‑64 / US 250 in Gum Spring, VA
US 33 near Cuckoo, VA
US 15 / US 29 in Culpeper, VA
I‑66 near Front Royal, VA
I‑81 / US 11 / US 17 / US 50 in Winchester, VA
SR 37 in Winchester, VA
I‑68 / I‑70 in Hancock, MD
US 30 near McConnellsburg, PA
I-76 / Penna Turnpike in Fort Littleton, PA

US 22 / US 322 in Lewistown, PA
North end: US 11 / US 15 in Selinsgrove, PA
Highway system

U.S. Route 522 (US 522) is a 308-mile (496 km) spur route of U.S. Route 22 in the eastern United States. The southern terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 60 in Powhatan, Virginia. The northern terminus is at U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 15 in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. US 522 passes through the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. US 522 is a part of the National Highway System from SR 37 near Winchester, Virginia north to Interstate 70 (I-70) in Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania and from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) north to Selinsgrove.[2]

Route description[edit]

Virginia[edit]

In Virginia, US 522 runs 159.65 miles (256.93 km) from its southern terminus at US 60 in Powhatan north to the West Virginia state line near Cross Junction. In the Piedmont of central Virginia, US 522 is a minor highway connecting several county seats, including Powhatan, Goochland, and Culpeper. North of Culpeper, the U.S. highway increases in importance, crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, connecting Culpeper with Sperryville and Front Royal. US 522 is mostly a four-lane divided highway north of Front Royal, where it passes through the Shenandoah Valley and the city of Winchester on its way to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

West Virginia[edit]

In West Virginia, US 522 runs 19.0 miles (30.6 km) from the Virginia state line near Ridge north to the Maryland state line at the Potomac River in Hancock just south of Hancock, Maryland. US 522 passes through Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The portion of the U.S. highway in West Virginia serves to connect Winchester with Hancock via Berkeley Springs, the county seat of Morgan County.

Maryland[edit]

In Maryland, US 522 runs 2.35 miles (3.78 km) from the West Virginia state line at the Potomac River north to the Pennsylvania state line within Hancock in western Washington County. The federal highway crosses Maryland at its narrowest north–south point, meeting Maryland Route 144 (MD 144), Interstate 70 (I-70), US 40, and I-68 before entering Pennsylvania concurrent with I-70.

Pennsylvania[edit]

In Pennsylvania, US 522 runs 127.5 miles (205.2 km) from the Maryland state line near Warfordsburg north to its northern terminus at US 11 and US 15 in Selinsgrove. US 522 passes through the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains of central Pennsylvania, connecting Hancock, Maryland on the Potomac River with McConnellsburg, Mount Union, Lewistown, Middleburg, and Selinsgrove on the Susquehanna River.

History[edit]

US 522 was created in 1926 and signed from Lewistown to Selinsgrove in Pennsylvania. A year later, US 522 was extended south to Hancock, Maryland along its current alignment. The portion from U.S. Route 40 in Hancock to U.S. Route 22 in Mount Union, Pennsylvania was previously U.S. Route 622 from 1926 to 1927. The designation, shown on the 1926 U.S. Highway System plan, may not have been signed.

Major intersections[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 09:24, 24 October 2006 (UTC).
  2. ^ "The National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. August 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
Browse numbered routes
US 511 VA I‑564
WV 501 list WV 527
MD 521 MD MD 524
PA 519 PA PA 523