US 219 in West Virginia
US 219 is a US Highway in the US state of West Virginia. The road forms a north-south route through the east of the state and is 315 kilometers long.
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US 219 at Thomas.
US 219 begins just over the Virginia border on US 460 in the village of Rich Creek. After 2 kilometers, US 219 reaches the West Virginia border. US 219 then heads northeast across a series of plateaus and valleys, one of the few areas in West Virginia where agriculture is possible. The US 219 here is single lane and partly curvy. In Lewisburg one crosses US 60 and connects to Interstate 64.
Then follows a long stretch through sparsely populated area in eastern West Virginia to Elkins. This section follows the valleys that also run from southwest to northeast. US 219 is a simple two-lane road with many winding stretches. However, there are hardly any places on the route larger than a small village. Few important roads are crossed in this region. Elkins is the primary center in northeastern West Virginia. US 219 runs right through this and crosses US 33. After that, US 219 coincides with US 48. This is followed by the highest part of US 219, in a sparsely populated area at approximately 1000 meters above sea level. US 48 and US 219 split in Thomas and then run close to the source of the Potomac River. Shortly afterwards the border with Maryland follows. US 219 in Maryland then continues to Somerset and Johnstown.
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US 219 was one of the original US Highways of 1926, but the southern starting point at the time was Grantsville, Maryland, so the route did not yet go directly through West Virginia. This was the case from 1934, when the route was extended south to Princeton, West Virginia. However, the southern portion was dual-numbered with US 460, which was scrapped in 1967. US 219 has since started in Rich Creek, Virginia.
No real upgrades have been made to US 219, almost the entire route is a simple two-lane road that is very winding at times and is time-consuming to drive. A small portion north of Elkins coincides with US 48, which is being expanded as part of Corridor H of the Appalachian Development Highway System into a 2×2 divided highway between Elkins and Thomas.
US 22 in West Virginia
US 22 is a US Highway in the US state of West Virginia. The road forms a short freeway through the north of the state, just 10 miles between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The entire US 22 in West Virginia is a 2×2 lane freeway. The highway bypasses the city of Weirton and crosses the Ohio River on the Ohio border. US 22 in Pennsylvania continues as a freeway to Pittsburgh.
US 22 was created in 1926. In 1928, the Fort Steuben Bridge opened over the Ohio River, which US 22 originally ran before the highway was completed. The highway is called the Robert C. Byrd Highway and was opened in the mid-1970s. On May 1, 1990, the new Veterans Memorial Bridge opened over the Ohio River at Weirton. This also completed the highway in West Virginia.
US 220 in West Virginia
US 220 is a US Highway in the US state of West Virginia. The road forms a north-south route through the east of the state and is 148 kilometers long.
US 220 forms a north-south route through the Appalachian Mountains in the east of the state, more or less parallel to the border with Virginia. US 220 in Virginia comes from Covington, the route then continues through the distinctive long valleys of the eastern Appalachian Mountains. The US 220 leads through sparsely populated areas, the valleys mainly have a few hamlets and small villages. In Monterey you cross the US 250, in Franklin the US 33 and in Moorefield the US 48. Moorefield and Keyser are the largest towns on the route. Keyster is on the border with Maryland and has an overpass over the railroad and the Potomac River. The US 220 in Marylandcontinues to Cumberland.
US 220 was one of the original US Highways of 1926, but at the time it ran no further south than Cumberland, Maryland. In 1929, the route was extended southwards to US 50 at New Creek, with US 220 actually only running 6 miles through West Virginia. This changed in 1934, when US 220 was extended far south to Rockingham, North Carolina. This also created the entire route through West Virginia.
The US 220 has a secondary character, there are no places larger than a large village on the route and there are no motorways to cross. US 220 is largely still in its original condition as a simple two-lane road.