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The highway system of the United States is a network of interconnected state, U.S., and Interstate highways. Each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands own and maintain a part of this vast system, including U.S. and Interstate highways, which are not owned or maintained at the federal level.

Interstate Highways have the highest speed limits and the highest traffic. Interstates are numbered in a grid: even-numbered routes for east–west routes (with the lowest numbers along Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico), and odd-numbered routes are north–south routes (with the lowest numbers along the Pacific Ocean). Three-digit Interstates are, generally, either beltways or spurs of their parent Interstates (for example, Interstate 510 is a spur into the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is connected to Interstate 10).

U.S. Numbered Highways are the original interstate highways, dating back to 1926. U.S. Highways are also numbered in a grid: even numbered for east–west routes (with the lowest numbers along Canada) and odd numbered for north–south routes (with the lowest numbers along the Atlantic Ocean). Three-digit highways, also known as "child routes," are branches off their main one- or two-digit "parents" (for example, U.S. Route 202 is a branch of U.S. Route 2). However, US 101, rather than a "child" of US 1, is considered a "mainline" U.S. Route.

State highways are the next level in the hierarchy. Each state and territory has its own system for numbering highways, some more systematic than others. Each state also has its own design for its highway markers; the number in a circle is the default sign, but many choose a different design connected to the state, such as an outline of the state with the number inside. Many states also operate a system of county highways.

National Forest Scenic Byway marker

Scenic byways can be designated over any classification of road in the United States. There are the National Scenic Byways, National Forest Scenic Byways and Bureau of Land Management Back Country Byways at the national level. Most states have their own system for designating byways, some more systematic than others. Indian tribes may designate byways as well.

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View north along WV 480 at CR 48/3 in Kearneysville

West Virginia Route 480 (WV 480) is a 5.64-mile-long (9.08 km) state highway in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Known for most of its length as Kearneysville Pike, the highway extends from WV 115 in Kearneysville north to the Maryland state line at the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, from where the highway continues as Maryland Route 34 (MD 34). The route is one of the main north–south highways of northern Jefferson County and passes through the campus of Shepherd University. WV 480 was originally established in the early 1920s as West Virginia Route 48. The highway was paved in the mid-1920s, which included a different routing through Shepherdstown. WV 48's present routing through the town was established in the late 1930s when the first James Rumsey Bridge was completed; that bridge was replaced with the current bridge in the mid-2000s. WV 48 was renumbered to WV 480 in the mid-1970s after U.S. Route 48 (US 48) was established in West Virginia and Maryland.

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References and notes

  1. ^ "Hogan Administration Announces Long-Awaited US 219 Realignment Construction Project in Garrett County" (Press release). Maryland State Highway Administration. October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Sofield, Tom (September 22, 2018). "Decades in the Making, I-95, Turnpike Connector Opens to Motorists". Levittown Now. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Williams, Kevin (August 2, 2018). "E-ZPass is coming to some local toll roads starting Sept. 1". Orlando, FL: WFTV. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Marroquin, Art (August 9, 2018). "Nation's newest freeway, 15-mile stretch of I-11 ready to roll". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Hayes-Freeland, Lynne (May 30, 2018). "Cashless Tolling Along Findlay Connector Begins Sunday". Pittsburgh, PA: KDKA-TV. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Wittkowski, Donald (May 28, 2018). "E-ZPass Arrives on Townsends Inlet Bridge". Sea Isle News. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Lu, Amy (November 20, 2017). "Maryland Portion of Route 404 Complete, Farmers Still Concerned with Traffic". Salisbury, MD: WBOC-TV. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Ryan, Kate (November 20, 2017). "Maryland 404 widening unveiled, bittersweet for safety advocate". Washington, D.C.: WTOP-FM. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Kent, AnnMarie (October 9, 2017). "UP Highway Named Newest Pure Michigan Byway". UpNorthLive. Traverse City, MI: WPBN-TV. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
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