West Virginia

Trillion Dollar Highway Plans
= Multiple Bypass Surgery
a state by state list
High Priority Corridors
specified by Congress in 1991, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2012
NAFTA Superhighways
Corridors of the Future
J. Edgar Hoover Parkway: transportation surveillance,
mileage taxes, RFID & video tolling
Paving Appalachia:
Corridor A to X in AL, GA, MD, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
Alabama Nebraska
Alaska Nevada
Arizona New Hampshire
Arkansas New Jersey
California New Mexico
Colorado New York
Connecticut North Carolina
Delaware North Dakota
Florida Ohio
Georgia Oklahoma
Hawai'i Oregon
Idaho Pennsylvania
Illinois Rhode Island
Indiana South Carolina
Iowa South Dakota
Kansas Tennessee
Kentucky Texas
Louisiana Utah
Maine Vermont
Maryland Virginia
Massachusetts Washington
Michigan Washington, D.C.
Minnesota West Virginia
Mississippi Wisconsin
Missouri Wyoming

High Priority Corridor 3: East - West Transamerica Corridor
I-66, US 460, Kentucky 80, US 400, US 54, I-40

East-West Transamerica Corridor commencing on the Atlantic Coast in the Hampton Roads area going westward across Virginia to the vicinity of Lynchburg, Virginia, continuing west to serve Roanoke and then to a West Virginia corridor centered around Beckley to Welch as part of the Coalfields Expressway described in section 1069(v), then to Williamson sharing a common corridor with the I-73/74 Corridor (referred to in item 12 of the table contained in subsection (f)), then to a Kentucky Corridor centered on the cities of Pikeville, Jenkins, Hazard, London, Somerset; then generally following the Louie B. Nunn Parkway corridor [I-66] from Somerset to Columbia, to I-65; then to Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, Benton, and Paducah, into Illinois, and into Missouri and exiting western Missouri and moving westward across southern Kansas.


High Priority Corridor 5: I-73/74 North-South Corridor
I-73, I-74, routes 27, 127, 223, 23, 52, 220, 501

In the States of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, the Corridor shall generally follow--

  1. United States Route 460 from the West Virginia State line to United States Route 52 at Bluefield, West Virginia; and
  2. United States Route 52 to United States Route 23 at Portsmouth, Ohio.

Part of this High Priority Corridor would include the "King Coal Highway." www.wvkingcoal.com



High Priority Corridor 29: Coalfields Expressway

The Coalfields Expressway beginning at Beckley, West Virginia, to Pound, Virginia, generally following the corridor defined as State Routes 54, 97, 10, 16, and 83.

www.coalfieldsexpressway.com West Virginia Department of Transportation

Brief Narrative about the Project

  • Proposed 4-lane partial access control divided highway between the WV Turnpike (I-64/77) near Beckley and Appalachian Corridor B (US 23) at Pound, VA; approximate length in WV is 60 miles
  • Identified in NHS Act of 1995 as High Priority Corridor #29
  • Designated as part of National Highway System by NHS Act of 1995
  • Coalfields Expressway Authority (advisory only) created by WV Legislature (S.B. 409) in 1996
  • Estimated remaining construction cost of WV portion (excluding R/W)-- $1 billion
  • Federal Record of Decision rendered June 2000


Congress in 1995 designated the Coalfields Expressway as a "Congressional High Priority Corridor." At the same time, Congress extended the Expressway concept further into Virginia, generally following Virginia Route 83 through not only Buchanan but also Dickenson and Wise counties.

www.virginiadot.org/projects/bristol/coalfields_expressway_ppta_project.asp - Virginia DOT

Designated as part of the national highway system, the new road will link Interstates 64 and 77 in West Virginia with Route 23 in Virginia, which links to interstates in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Approximately $2.8 Billion (2008 estimate)



High Priority Corridor 31: Mon-Fayette Expressway and Southern Beltway

The Mon-Fayette Expressway is Tollroad 43.

see Pennsylvania section


Corridor H (being built, lawsuit unsuccessful) long fought highway, now partly built, very rural but extremely destructive to central Appalachians. It's also costing much more to build than was claimed.

official site

Stewards of the Potomac Highlands - page on Corridor H construction

archived site of Corridor H Alternatives



Major Corridor Studies
King Coal Highway, Williamson to Bluefield (Completed)

Coalfields Expressway, Beckley to VA State Line near Grundy, VA (Completed)

North South Appalachia Corridor Feasibility Study - (North/South Appalachian Corridor Study)


Elkins Bypass



West Virginia Highway 9 (outer suburbs of Washington area) - mostly built


Project Sections
- Charles Town to the Virginia State Line
- Charles Town to Martinsburg
- Martinsburg Bypass
- Berkeley Springs to Martinsburg

One of the key elements of improving highway travel in the Eastern Panhandle is a new Martinsburg Bypass. The Division of Highways proposes to construct an approximate 5-mile bypass around Martinsburg in Berkeley County. The project is designed to improve traffic safety in the area while freeing Martinsburg from its current traffic congestion problems. The Bypass would also improve access throughout the study corridor.

The Division of Highways conducted a public information workshop meeting on the project January 28, 2003 and received public comments through February 28, 2003. Nine build alternatives ranging in cost from $110 to $161 million were presented to the public at the meeting. In addition, four Raleigh Street Extension alternatives were studied and presented, as requested by local public officials. [additional cost to the much more expensive Route 9 freeway]


I-68 extension west of Morgantown


Route 220


North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition

This coalition was formed as a result of action taken by The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC), a regional business-based organization representing five counties in three states, including Maryland (Allegany & Garrett), Pennsylvania (Bedford & Somerset) and West Virginia (Mineral). The effort of TGCC to foster major regional economic development projects and policies has moved the North-South Appalachian Corridor project forward dramatically since 2009.

The North-South Appalachian Highway Coalition members now include the County governments of Cambria and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania, the County governments of Garrett and Allegany in Maryland, and the Mineral County government in West Virginia. Those County Governments represent well over 354,000 citizens, numerous businesses and their employees. The business representation includes those both small and large, corporate and private and boasts an employee representation of over 26,000.