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2 alignments at summit
© Warren Jenkins,2004

2 alignments at summit

Intersection of MD. 144 and Riser RD. (old NR alignment) at Sideling Hill summit. NR original route went up hill and curved sharply left (Riser rd. turns right), meeting the 1940's U curve about 2/3 of the way thru the bend, and about 25-30 feet higher up.

When heavy traffic started using US 40/48 again in the 70's, this became a "terrifying" piece of road, with many bad wrecks until the big Sideling Hill Cut was opened in 1985.

The private residence which is out of sight to the right is on the location of a once popular overlook/knick-knack stand, it had powerful binoculars where for .50 you could step up on the mounted binocs and peer far west (usually into the haze,lol). All of the businesses on this alignment died after 1985.


© Warren Jenkins,2004
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National RD., Sideling Hill's west slope; 4/04

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