VA 287
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VA 287
Photo: VA 287 in northern Loudoun County (Mapmikey, Oct 2008)
From:  Purcellville (Loudon County)
To:  MD State Line above Lovettsville, Loudon County (continues as MD 17 to Smithsburg, MD)
Total Length:  12.67 miles  
ROUTE LOG
VA 7 Bus: 0 - 0
VA 7: 0.55 - 0.55
VA 9: 3.21 - 3.76
MD STATE LINE: 8.91 - 12.67
Creation:  Appeared in 1945 as a renumbering of the northern discontinuous piece of VA 17. Pretty much ran as it does today. This is the 3rd VA 287.

 1944 Official
VA 17 Purcellville to Maryland
1944 Official
 1949 Official
VA 287 replaces VA 17
1949 Official

Adjustments:  In December 1947 (CTB), VA 287 was rerouted in Lovettsville to skirt around the west side of it. This left behind SRs 796 and 673.

 1945 Loudoun County
VA 287 through Lovettsville
1945 Loudoun County
 1958 Loudoun County
VA 287 around the west side
1958 Loudoun County

In October 1981 (CTB) the lower end of VA 287 was adjusted to meet VA 7 east of town instead of in it, leaving behind SR 722.

 1979 Official
VA 287 direct out of Purcellville
1979 Official
 1980 Official
VA 287 shifted easteward at VA 7
1980 Official

Improvements:  Paved upon inception; no multilane segments.
Posting:  Fully posted; error SR 287 shield at the Lovettsville Square from about 2008-2013
Multiplexes:  NONE
Legislative names:  NONE
Other names:  Berlin Tpk (entire route)
Scenic Byway:  No segments
Comment:  The bridge over the Potomac River is built so that you pass over the town of Brunswick, MD. Incidentally, MD 17 should be MD 79 at the state line.

Previous VA 287's:

1941 ROUTE LOG
US 58, US 460: 0 - 0
US 17, US 58: 2.0 - 2.0
VA 287 #1:  Appeared in July 1933 as a renumbering of an unknown VA 5xx route. Ran in two pieces: US 58 (now VA 337 ALT) Alexander Corner east to Portsmouth WCL and also Portsmouth ECL across the original Jordan Bridge to VA 27 (now US 460) South Norfolk. NOt shown on the main official map or Norfolk inset but is shown on the 1933 Norfolk County map. It is a litte uncertain what happened here. This route was added to the primary system in May 1933 and then mentioned again with a larger batch of additions in Aug 1933.
By Oct 1934 this was renumbered as part of US 460.

 1933 Norfolk County
western segment of VA 287 #1
Note US 460 not shown on Airline but it is shown on an inset
1933 Norfolk County
 1933 Norfolk County
eastern segment of VA 287 #1
Note US 17 not in primary system north of the railroad...?
1933 Norfolk County

VA 287 #2:  Appeared by Oct 1934 as a renumbering of a section of US 58. Ran from US 58-460 (curr US 58-VA 337 jct) to US 58 (curr US 58-VA 141 jct) on Turnpike Rd. within Portsmouth.
This was renumbered as US 58 ALT in 1945. Today it is the un-multiplexed part of Portsmouth's VA 337 ALT.

 1934 Official

VA 287, US 58, and US 460 all swap
1934 Official
 1945 Norfolk County
VA 287 becomes US 58 ALT
1945 Norfolk County


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