Interstate 64 West - Green Sulphur Springs to Beckley

Interstate 64 west
Interstate 64 travels west four miles from Green Sulphur Springs to New River Gorge and the settlement of Sandstone. The freeway parallels both WV 20 and Lick Creek along the drive south of Gwinn and Hump Mountains Photos taken 06/17/05.
Use Exit 139 for the New River Gorge National River visitor center along West Virginia Secondary 7 (Meadow Creek Road) north. The park area covers the New River southward from Fayetteville to Hinton. Photo taken 06/17/05.
West Virginia 20 passes underneath Interstate 64 just east of the folded-diamond interchange (Exit 139) with West Virginia Secondary 7. The state route turns sound along New River Gorge through Sandstone ten miles to the Summers County seat of Hinton. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Terraced hillsides come into view along Interstate 64 ahead of Exit 139 to West Virginia 20 (Main Street) at Sandstone. Sandstone represents a small settlement along the New River south of I-64. Photos taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 lowers to the off-ramp (Exit 139) for West Virginia Secondary 7 at West Virginia 20 and Sandstone. WV 20 and the parallel CSX Railroad line head south to Brooks and Hinton (junction WV 3). Beyond Hinton, WV 20 continues to the Bluestone National Scenic River, Athens and Princeton. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Sullivan Knob (el, 2,582 ft) rises just west of the new River as Interstate 64 winds across SSR 7. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 spans the New River via the Mary Draper Ingles Bridge west of Sandstone. The span carries the freeway across the Raleigh County line. Photo taken 06/17/05.
The New River flows northward 320 miles within the Appalachian Mountains from near Boone, North Carolina into the Kanawha River at Gauley Bridge. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Westbound drivers ascend from New River Gorge through a valley between Smith and Irish Mountains. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Meeting the freeway in two miles is SSR 27 (Pluto Road) south of Bragg. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A folded-diamond interchange facilitates movement between Interstate 64 and West Virginia Secondary 27 (Pluto Road) at Exit 133. Bragg lies 0.9 miles north. SSR 27 extends from there east across Plumley Mountain to Abraham. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Westbound Interstate 64 at the Exit 133 loop ramp to West Virginia Secondary 27 (Pluto Road). Pluto Road snakes its way southwestward from the freeway eight miles to Pluto and ten miles to junction WV 3 (Hinton Road) near Shady Spring. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Reassurance marker posted at the SSR 27/10 (Cloverdale Road) overpass. Cloverdale Road parallels Interstate 64 west 2.8 miles to a dead end on Plumley Mountain. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Now 14 miles out from Beckley, Interstate 64 nears Grandview Road at the settlement of Beaver. Photo taken 06/17/05.
West Virginia Secondary 9 (Grandview Road) travels north from upcoming Exit 129 to Grandview and south to Crow. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interests to the Grandview area of the New River Gorge National River should use SSR 9 (Grandview Road) northbound five miles to its end. Photo taken 06/17/05.
0.75 miles east of the partial cloverleaf interchange (Exit 129) with West Virginia Secondary 9 (Grandview Road) on I-64 west. Grandview Road becomes part of West Virginia 307 nearby. WV 307 constitutes a 8.4-mile loop east from U.S. 19 & WV 3 at Beaver to Little Beaver State Park. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 129 departs Interstate 64 west for SSR 9 (Grandview Road). West Virginia 307 south from SSR 9 leads motorists to Shady Spring, a census designated place along U.S. 19 & WV 3 south. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A closer look at the reassurance marker for I-64 west posted after Exit 129 and ahead of Scott Ridge. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Next in line for westbound motorists is the six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 125) with West Virginia Secondary 9/9 near Cliffop. Photo taken 06/17/05.
One mile out from the Exit 125 to SSR 9/9 (Airport Road) on Interstate 64 west. Airport Road joins West Virginia 307 and the freeway with Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) and its associated industrial park. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 enters the Beckley area and sees this sign bridge for Exits 125 and 124 (East Beckley Bypass). There is no direct access to U.S. 19 from the freeway, but the East Beckley Bypass provides a high-speed route to the US highway near East Beckley. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Exit 125 leaves Interstate 64 west for West Virginia Secondary 9/9 (Airport Road). West Virginia 307 ties into Airport Road nearby, midway between Grandview Road and Beaver (junction U.S. 19 & WV 3). Photo taken 06/17/05.
This community interchanges identification sign for Beckley lists the distances to Exit 124 (East Beckley Bypass) and the first two interchanges of Interstate 64 west & 77 north beyond their merge. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 19 splits with West Virginia 3 (Fayette Street) north of Beaver for Eisenhower Drive through eastern reaches of the city. Fayette Street carries WV 3 through East Beckley to 2nd Street outside Downtown while U.S. 19 stays to the east through to WV 16 at Skelton. Photo taken 10/02/10.
Interstate 64 bypasses Beckley well south of the city between Exits 124 and the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77). A last exit before toll overhead advises motorists one half mile east of the trumpet interchange (Exit 124) with the East Beckley Bypass. I-64 & 77 (West Virginia Turnpike) leading north to Exit 42 (West Virginia 16) however is toll free. Photo taken 10/02/10.
A third lane gained from Airport Road (Exit 125) defaults onto the off-ramp (Exit 124) to the East Beckley Bypass north. The East Beckley Bypass provides an alternate route of U.S. 19 (Eisenhower Drive) through the city of Beckley. Varying between four and five lanes with controlled access, the corridor begins at Interstate 64 and ends at West Virginia 41 (Stanaford Road). Construction started on October 8, 2014 extends the expressway 1.33 miles north to Industrial Drive and U.S. 19 & WV 16 (Robert C. Byrd Drive).1 Photo taken 10/02/10.
Drivers bound for Beckley and U.S. 19 (Eisenhower Drive) part ways with Interstate 64 west at Exit 124. U.S. 19 follows Eisenhower Drive northward to Prosperity and the expressway alignment (Mountaineer Expressway) leading north to Mt. Hope. U.S. 19 northward from Beckley is part of Appalachian Regional Development Corridor L. Photo taken 10/02/10.
Interstate 64 west sinks toward the crossing of Beaver Creek and U.S. 19 & WV 3 near Glen Morgan and Beaver. Photo taken 06/17/05. Second photo taken 10/02/10.
Westbound reassurance shield and Interstate 77 trailblazer posted at the Tank Branch Road under crossing. Interstate 64 south of Beckley opened in 1987. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstate 64 west combines with Interstate 77 along the west side of Beckley. Two interchanges join the West Virginia turnpike with the city at WV 16 (Robert C. Byrd Drive) and WV 3 (Harper Road). Photo taken 10/02/10.
Two miles east of the directional T interchange (Exit 121) with Interstate 77 (West Virginia Turnpike) on I-64 west. Interstate 77 straddles western reaches of the Beckley area by MacArthur, Mabscott and Tamarack. Photo taken 10/02/10.
A second diagrammatic overhead outlines the lane distributation for the West Virginia turnpike along I-64 west near Tilden. Interstate 64 & 77 share 61.5 miles between the Beckley area and Charleston. The tandem ride out the remainder of the West Virginia Turnpike northbound. Photo taken 10/02/10.
Welcome to the West Virginia Turnpike sign posted on the final curve before Interstate 64 joins Interstate 77. Interstate 77 follows the West Virginia Turnpike southward from Exits 40 to 9 (U.S. 460). Photo taken 10/02/10.
Interests to Beckley are provided with three additional interchanges along Interstate 64 west & 77 north; Princeton lies 32 miles southward via U.S. 460 west from Exit 9. Photo taken 10/02/10.
Two lane ramps facilitate movement to both directions of the West Virginia Turnpike. Tolls are collected in both directions, however drivers departing Interstate 64 west & 77 north for West Virginia 16 may use the turnpike for free. Photo taken 10/02/10.
West Virginia Secondary 19/41 (Fitzpatrick Road) passes over Interstate 64 at the partition of ramps to Interstate 77. I-77 south continues 12 miles to Ghent and 42 miles to Bluefield (via U.S. 52). I-64 west & 77 north part ways with the U.S. 19 corridor at Exit 48 and converge with the U.S. 60 corridor at Exit 96, the turnpike north end. Photo taken 10/02/10.
Upcoming exits sign listing the distances to West Virginia 16 (Exit 42), West Virginia 3 (Exit 44), and the U.S. 19 connector (Exit 48). The sign does not reference Tamarack (Exit 45) because it predates its construction. Photo taken 06/17/05.
A left-hand ramp takes drivers onto Interstate 77 south from Interstate 64 west. Photo taken 10/02/10.



  1. "DOH to Break Ground on Last Section of East Beckley Bypass, Wednesday October 8 at 2:00PM." West Virginia Department of Transportation, press release, October 7, 2014.

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