West Virginia Route 9

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West Virginia Route 9 marker

West Virginia Route 9
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length: 74.0 mi[1] (119.1 km)
Major junctions
West end: MD 51 near Paw Paw
 

WV 29 near Pin Oak
US 522 in Berkeley Springs
I‑81 near Martinsburg
US 11 near Martinsburg
WV 45 in Martinsburg
WV 480 in Kearneysville

US 340 at Charles Town
East end: SR 9 near Keyes Gap
Location
Counties: Morgan, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson
Highway system
WV 8 WV 10

West Virginia Route 9 (WV 9) is a major east–west state highway located in the eastern extents of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The western terminus of the route is at the Maryland state line north of Paw Paw, where WV 9 becomes Maryland Route 51 (MD 51) upon crossing the Potomac River. The eastern terminus is at the Virginia state line at Keyes Gap near Mannings, West Virginia, where WV 9 continues onward as State Route 9 (SR 9).

With no east–west US Highway in the region, WV 9 acts as the major east–west transportation artery between Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties. WV 9 briefly enters Hampshire County where it intersects with WV 29 near Pin Oak.

History[edit]

Construction[edit]

WV 9 recently underwent a major upgrade.

U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd began securing funding for the projects in the early 1990s. Shortly thereafter, a short portion of the road along the southern edge of Martinsburg was upgraded to four lanes, from Queen Street to Kelly Island Road. In the mid-2000s, a short stretch was also upgraded to four lanes from Interstate 81 (I-81) west to Harlan Springs Road.

The next significant improvement did not take place until September 2007, when a four-mile (6.4 km) stretch of the upgraded road opened up from Charles Town, through Bardane to Leetown Road in Kearneysville.

In early 2008, the future west-bound lanes of traffic were opened to two-way traffic from Kelly Island Road to, and over, Opequon Creek. This allowed for the former road surface to be pulled up and the eastbound lanes to be built. It also allowed for the demolition of the old bridge over the Opequon, which had been the site of several fatal accidents.

WV 9 westbound, one mile (1.6 km) from Short Road interchange east of Martinsburg

In April 2009, a short 1.3-mile (2.1 km) section of the new WV 9 was opened from the Eastern Regional Jail to the Opequon Creek bridge. A four-mile (6.4 km) section of WV 9 from the Eastern Regional Jail to Short Road was completed at the end of 2009. Construction from Short Road to Leetown Road was completed in August 2010.

The stretch from the Virginia line to Charles Town was the most recent stage of construction. A pair of new bridges span U.S. Route 340 (US 340) south of Charles Town. The bypass carries WV 9 away from its previous winding route across the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge. Instead, it follows a straight path near Cattail Run Road, connecting with Virginia Route 9 at Keyes Gap.

Despite opposition from some Virginia residents, who were concerned about increasing traffic along the narrow, winding stretch of SR 9 through the town of Hillsboro, this stretch of road opened to traffic on November 14, 2012.[2]

The western leg of WV 9 from Martinsburg to Berkeley Springs has seen much less evidence of progress than the eastern leg.

There has been no discussion of expanding Route 9 from Berkeley Springs to Paw Paw, as it is lightly traveled, across the winding Cacapon River valley, and would be difficult to build without destroying much natural landscape.

Naming dedication[edit]

In April 2008, a section of the road, which passes by his Gap View Farm home, was named and dedicated in Frank Buckles's honor by then-West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Morgan Paw Paw 0.0 0.0 MD 51 north – Cumberland Maryland state line
Hampshire   WV 29 south to US 50 Northern terminus of WV 29
Morgan Berkeley Springs US 522 north (Washington Street) – Hancock, MD West end of US 522 concurrency
US 522 south (Washington Street) – Winchester, VA East end of US 522 concurrency
Berkeley Hedgesville WV 901 east (Mary Street) – Spring Mills Western terminus of WV 901
  I‑81 – Hagerstown, Winchester I-81 exit 16
Martinsburg US 11 north / Raleigh Street – Williamsport, MD West end of US 11 concurrency
WV 45 east (Moler Avenue) – Shepherdstown West end of WV 45 concurrency
US 11 south (King Street) to I‑81 East end of US 11 concurrency
  WV 45 west to I‑81 – Glengary East end of WV 45 concurrency; interchange
  CR 9/17 (Opequon Lane) – Baker Heights interchange
  56.8 91.4 CR 9/19 (Short Road) interchange
Jefferson   59.2 95.3 CR 1 to WV 480 – Kearneysville, Shepherdstown, Leetown interchange
Ranson 61.2 98.5 CR 8 (Wiltshire Road) – Bardane interchange
63.4 102.0 WV 115 / CR 9/1 (Currie Road) – Ranson interchange
65.8 105.9 CR 17 (Flowing Springs Road) interchange
  66.2 106.5 US 340 north / WV 51 west – Charles Town, Harpers Ferry Interchange; west end of US 340 concurrency
  67.4 108.5 US 340 south – Berryville, VA Interchange; east end of US 340 concurrency
  WV 115 west (Charles Town Road) / CR 32 (Chestnut Hill Road)
  74.0 119.1 SR 9 east (Charles Town Pike) – Leesburg Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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