West Virginia Roads - WV 55/US 48/US 219

WV 55, 55/US 219, 55/US 48

WV 55 EB joins US 219 NB from WV 39, which doesn't stick around long enough to see the artsy highland scenic highway. Lower case is not for names.

Ordinary driveways are boring. Build a bridge on yours.

Continuing EB/NB to the east end of SR 15 in Valley Head.

EB until WV 55/US 219 meet WV 92/US 250, at which point you'll need to follow the big WV 92 link at the bottom of this page. The 4-H camp monument is on the west side of the road.

When the green sign says Grant County, the white sign tells you about Grant County. When the green sign says Randolph County, the white sign tells you about... Randolph County. These WB signs are on WV 55/US 220/WV 28 (Grant), and WV 55/US 33 (Divide).

On the southeast corner of US 220/WV 28/WV 55 and Winchester Ave., former WV 55.

Westbound on Corridor H, WV 55 and future US 48, coming to the end of the open expressway in 2006 with more construction in the distance.

The interchange is not at US 220, but at a road east of there that then turns a corner and runs down into the valley to meet US 220. With the completion of Corridor H, this interchange road will still take WV 55 off of the corridor, leaving just US 48 to cross the hills alone. These photos look down from the interchange road at future US 48 and the construction on the Corridor H overpasses crossing US 220.

There's a 90 degree bend in the connector road with thoughts of extending it south. WV 55 would probably still turn here, but it could continue straight toward its old alignment instead to connect to US 220. We'll have to see if it ever gets built.

The stretch of WV 55 connecting the interchange to US 220 is about a mile long, and these photos were taken from it looking north at the unopened highway.

Stepped rock cuts (to help stop rockfalls) and an intersection heading west along what WVDOH terms a "freeway," which is really what the rest of us would call an expressway. West Virginia doesn't seem to mind the confusion and AAA maps just eat it up. The East Moorefield exit used to be signed for WV 55, but with the new freeway extension west to US 220, there's no route exiting here now.

Crossing west from one hill to the next over a valley, instead of going the old-fashioned way into the valley.

Westbound, to the right, virgin West Virginia scenery. Along the highway, ruined mountains bleeding geology. I want my Pulitzer Prize, dammit.

In 2006, the incomplete expressway's east end was at WV 259. These photos look east at the continuing construction to extend the traversable highway (and the US 48 designation) to Wardensville.

WV 92 and WV 55/92
Former WV 55 along US 48
Onto US 48 alone and US 48/219
Onto US 219 alone

Into Virginia on 55
Onto US 220
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