Virginia State Route 9

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For former State Routes numbered 9, see State Route 9 (Virginia 1918-1923) and State Route 9 (Virginia 1933-1940).

State Route 9 marker

State Route 9
Charles Town Pike
Route information
Maintained by VDOT
Length: 13.08 mi[1] (21.05 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
West end: WV 9 near Mechanicsville
  SR 287 in Wheatland
East end:
SR 7 / SR 7 Bus. near Paeonian Springs
Location
Counties: Loudoun
Highway system
SR 8 SR 10

Virginia State Route 9 (SR 9) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of Virginia. Known as Charles Town Pike, the state highway runs 13.08 miles (21.05 km) from the West Virginia state line near Mechanicsville, where the highway continues west as West Virginia Route 9 (WV 9), east to SR 7 and SR 7 Business in Paeonian Springs. SR 9 is the main east–west highway of northwestern Loudoun County, connecting Leesburg with Hillsboro and the West Virginia cities of Charles Town and Martinsburg. As a result, the state highway and its West Virginia continuation are a major, overburdened commuter route between the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Washington, D.C..

Route description[edit]

SR 9 begins at the West Virginia state line at Keyes Gap, a wind gap on top of Blue Ridge Mountain. The highway continues west as WV 9 to Charles Town. SR 9 heads southeast as a two-lane road, passing to the west of Purcell Knob as the highway descends Blue Ridge Mountain to the village of Mechanicsville in a valley known as Between the Hills. At the eastern edge of the narrow north–south valley, the state highway parallels the North Fork of Catoctin Creek through Hillsboro Gap, a water gap in Short Hill Mountain, into the town of Hillsboro. SR 9 continues east through the much wider Catoctin Valley, crossing the North Fork and intersecting SR 287 in the hamlet of Wheatland. The state highway veers southeast and crosses the South Fork of Catoctin Creek before reaching the community of Paeonian Springs. SR 9 curves south to its southern terminus at Clarke's Gap, a low point in Catoctin Mountain. The state highway expands to a four-lane divided highway and meets SR 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) at a diamond interchange. SR 9 is paralleled through the interchange by the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. At the southern end of the interchange, the highway continues southward as SR 7 Business (Colonial Highway), which immediately turns west toward Hamilton.[2]

History[edit]

The road was commissioned in 1928 as Virginia State Route 713. After the 1933 renumbering, the route became Virginia State Route 238. After the 1940 renumbering, it became its current designation.

Future[edit]

Route 9 has been the subject of considerable debate. West Virginia has constructed a four-lane expressway by-pass of the former Route 9 - a winding two-lane rural road - to U.S. Route 340 in Charles Town. The expressway ends at Route 9 at the Virginia state line [1], raising concerns in Loudoun County about increasing traffic along the road's narrow, winding stretch through the town of Hillsboro. A proposed bypass of Hillsboro was considered as part of the County's long range transportation plan, debated publicly, and rejected by the County Board of Supervisors in June 2010. Instead, the town of Hillsboro is studying traffic calming measures [2] in hopes of encouraging West Virginia traffic to detour through Clarke County via U.S. Route 340 and Virginia State Route 7.

The Virginia Legislature voted to make Virginia State Route 9 (the entire length) a Virginia Byway on March 21, 2002.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Loudoun County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Keyes Gap 0.00 0.00 WV 9 west – Charles Town West Virginia state line
Mechanicsville SR 671 (Harpers Ferry Road) to US 340 – Harpers Ferry former SR 275 north
Wheatland 7.77 12.50 SR 287 (Berlin Turnpike) – Lovettsville, Purcellville
Clarks Gap 13.08 21.05
SR 7 / SR 7 Bus. west (East Colonial Highway) – Leesburg, Hamilton, Purcellville
Interchange with SR 7, eastern terminus of SR 7 Bus.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing