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Interstate 70 West

Interstate 70 West
Crossing into Ohio County, West Virginia along Interstate 70 westbound near West Alexander, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The first interchange within the Mountain State joins Interstate 70 with West Virginia State Secondary 41 (Dallas Pike) at Exit 11. Dallas Pike travels seven miles northwest from Dallas near the Pennsylvania state line to junction U.S. 40 (National Road). Photo taken 10/15/04.
Drawing to within one mile of the Exit 11 diamond interchange with Dallas Pike. Use Dallas Pike north for the U.S. 40 community of Valley Grove. Photo taken 10/15/04.
0.25-mile guide sign for Exit 11 to West Virginia State Secondary 41 (Dallas Pike) posted on Interstate 70 westbound. Connections from U.S. 40 (National Road) to Dixon Run Road carry travelers northward to junction West Virginia 88 (Wheeling West Liberty and Bethany Pike) for West Liberty. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 westbound at the Exit 11 ramp departure for West Virginia State Secondary 41 (Dallas Pike). Dallas Pike ends at U.S. 40 (National Road) 1.9 miles to the north. McCutcheon Buckhannon Road stems west from the interchange along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The next serves West Virginia State Secondary 65 (Cabella Road) at Exit 10 near Triadelphia. The one-mile overhead for Exit 10 lies within the Exit 11 interchange. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 West Virginia reassurance shield found along westbound adjacent to Cruzer Road. The Mountain State places both state-named and neutered shields throughout its Interstate system. Photo taken 10/15/04.

One half mile east of the Exit 10 off-ramp to West Virginia State Secondary 65 (Cabella Road) on Interstate 70 west. Cabella Road spurs northwest from the freeway to U.S. 40 (National Road) just east of Triadelphia. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Westbound at the Exit 10. The interchange serves the August 2004 opened Cabela's Outlet Mall and wildlife museum nearby. Cabella Road meets U.S. 40 (National Road) to the northwest. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 curves westward to Triadelphia two miles ahead of the split with Interstate 470 (Exit 5A) at east Wheeling. Interstate 470 comprises the Wheeling Bypass and the preferred through route for traffic bound for Columbus, Ohio. All vehicles carrying hazardous materials must use Interstate 470 west to Ohio in lieu of the Interstate 70 Wheeling Tunnel. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Diagrammatical overhead posted 1.50 miles east of the Interstate 470 split from Interstate 70 westbound at Wheeling. Interstate 470 travels south of downtown through Bethlehem and south Wheeling to the Ohio River. The freeway returns to Interstate 70 ten miles to the west near Blaine, Ohio. Photo taken 10/15/04.
U.S. 40 (National Road) interchanges with Interstate 70 at Triadelphia and Elm Grove just east of the Interstate 470 split. U.S. 40 enters the scene from Triadelphia to meet West Virginia 88 (Idabelle Avenue) southwest of the Exit 5 folded-diamond interchange. From there U.S. 40 & West Virginia 88 overlap 3.3 miles northwest to Edgewood in north Wheeling. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 westbound near the Exit 5 ramp departure for U.S. 40 (National Road) at Elm Grove and Triadelphia. U.S. 40 merges with West Virginia 88 nearby at Kruger Street and Idabelle Avenue. West Virginia 88 travels southward from there to Bethlehem, and northern Marshall County. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Traffic to U.S. 40 (National Road) & West Virginia 88 (Idabelle Avenue) departs Interstate 70 westbound at Exit 5. U.S. 40 & West Virginia 88 continue northwest from their merge at Elm Grove to Edgewood in north Wheeling. From there West Virginia 88 follows Bethany Pike north to Greggsville. U.S. 40 continues west along the National Road to Glenwood and downtown Wheeling. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A partial "Y" interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 70 west & Interstate 470 west at Exit 5A. Interstate 470 beelines for Bethlehem and the state of Ohio. Interstate 70 meanwhile continues northwest toward downtown Wheeling and the Wheeling Tunnel. The freeway crosses the Ohio River at Wheeling Island into Bridgeport, Ohio. Through traffic interests should use Interstate 470 due to the narrowing of Interstate 70 at the Wheeling Tunnel to one through lane with a 45 mph speed limit. Photo taken 10/15/04.
The westbound beginning of Interstate 470 leaves Interstate 70 west at Exit 5A. Interstate 470 sees two interchanges in West Virginia before crossing the Ohio River. Exit 2 serves the community of Bethlehem in one mile and Exit 1 joins the freeway with U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 in south Wheeling. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Continuing northwest along Interstate 70 toward the Exit 2B diamond interchange with Washington Avenue. A rest area resides along the drive between Interstate 470 (Exit 5A) and Washington Avenue. The freeway crosses the Wheeling Creek nearby. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Button copy overhead featuring the Wheeling exits of Interstate 70 west between east Wheeling and downtown. Washington Avenue (Exit 2B), Oglebay Park (Exit 2A), and U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 (Exit 1B) lie ahead. Photo taken 10/15/04.
0.25-mile sign bridge for the Exit 2B interchange with Washington Avenue posted on Interstate 70 west. Washington Avenue spans the Wheeling Creek between U.S. 40 & West Virginia 88 (National Road) and Valleview Avenue to the east. The surface street meets Interstate 70 at Armory Drive. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Through traffic interests along Interstate 70 are advised to move into the left-lane for the upcoming Wheeling Tunnel. The tunnel relegates the mainline to just one through lane briefly between Exits 1B and 1A. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Exit 2B departs Interstate 70 westbound for Washington Avenue. Washington Avenue becomes Armory Drive upon crossing the freeway. Mt. de Chantel Road intersects Armory Road to the south and parallels Interstate 70 from Wheeling Hospital northward to Rock Point Road and Oglebay Park. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Continuing westbound on Interstate 70 toward downtown Wheeling. Attached to the Armory Drive overpass is an upcoming exits sign listing the next three city interchanges (Exits 2A, 1B, and 1A). Photo taken 10/15/04.
A partial "Y" interchange composes the junction between Interstate 70 west and adjacent Mt. de Chantel Road at Oglebay Park. Mt. de Chantel Road ends nearby at junction U.S. 40 (National Road). Use U.S. 40 (National Road) eastbound one half mile to junction West Virginia 88 (Bethany Pike) at Woodsdale. The state highway departs U.S. 40 from there on a 3.4-mile drive to Oglebay Park. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A partial "Y" interchange joins Interstate 70 eastbound directly with U.S. 40 (National Road) just west of the Mt. de Chantel Road off-ramp. Placed above the eastbound off-ramp is another upcoming exits sign listing the final three West Virginia interchanges situated between Exit 2B and the Ohio state line. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 elevates over the Wheeling Creek and a nearby railroad line between Exit 2A and junction U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 (Exit 1B). U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 northbound merge onto Interstate 70 west through to downtown Wheeling. The tandem follow a five-mile freeway between Exit 1B and Moundsville to the south. Exit 1A serves the Wheeling Visitor Center and Wesbanco Arena in downtown. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Nearing the Wheeling Tunnel on Interstate 70 westbound at the Exit 1B off-ramp to U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 south. An "X" stack interchange joins the two freeways just northeast of downtown Wheeling. U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 merge onto Interstate 70 west through the tunnel ahead. Upon exiting the tubes West Virginia 2 splits from Interstate 70 west & U.S. 250 north via Exit 1A for Market Street north. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 through traffic must move into the left-lane through the Wheeling Tunnel. The right-hand lane becomes an exit-only affair for Exit 1A onto U.S. 40 east & West Virginia 2 north (Market Street) and Main Street south into downtown. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Speed limits lower to 45 mph as Interstate 70 west & U.S. 250-West Virginia 2 north enter the Wheeling Tunnel. Downtown Wheeling lies just west of the mountain ahead. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Entering the Wheeling Tunnel along Interstate 70 westbound. Lane changes are prohibited so traffic for Exit 1A should already be in place before entering the tube. The Wheeling Tunnel opened in the early 1960s. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interior views of the Wheeling Tunnel showing the two-lane westbound tube. The next tunnel encountered along Interstate 70 westbound is the Idaho Springs Tunnel west of Denver, Colorado. Photos taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 west & U.S. 250 north emerge from the Wheeling Tunnel at downtown Wheeling. Exit 1A quickly departs for Market Street north & Main Street south. West Virginia 2 northbound joins U.S. 40 east along Market Street between Interstate 70 and 7th Street. There West Virginia 2 northbound merges with southbound along Main Street for the drive out of Wheeling. West Virginia 2 straddles the Ohio River east banks from Wheeling northward to Weirton. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 west & U.S. 250 north continue through the Exit 1A interchange onto the Ohio River bridge. An overhead advises motorists to use the left lane for the continuation of Interstate 70 west into Ohio. However only one lane is allocated for drivers between the Wheeling Tunnel and on-ramp from Market Street north. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Ramps converge and join Interstate 70 west & U.S. 250 north from the one-way street couplet of Main & Market Streets. U.S. 40 westbound joins the freeway between downtown and Wheeling Island (Exit 0). Photo taken 10/15/04.
The speed limit remains at 45 mph for Interstate 70 & U.S. 40-250 as they cross the Ohio River between downtown Wheeling and Wheeling Island. Exit 0 serves the Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center at the south end of the island. Photo taken 10/15/04.
A green painted steel-arch bridge spans the Ohio River between Exits 1A and 0 along Interstate 70 west. Ahead is the departure of U.S. 40 west & U.S. 250 north for Zane Street at Exit 0. Zane Streets carry the federal highway pair from Wheeling Island to Bridgeport, Ohio. There U.S. 250 turns northwest along Cadiz Pike Road to Harrisville and Cadiz. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Westbound at the partial "Y" interchange with Zane Street on Wheeling Island. U.S. 40 west & U.S. 250 north leave the freeway for a 0.4-mile drive to junction Ohio 7 (Lincoln Avenue) in Bridgeport. U.S. 40 resumes along the National Road from Bridgeport west to Brookside, Wolfhurst, Lansing, and Blaine, Ohio. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Interstate 70 remains elevated to cross the west branch of the Ohio River between Wheeling Island and Bridgeport. Exit 225 departs the freeway for Ohio 7 (Lincoln Avenue) in one-half mile at the Marion Street diamond interchange. Traffic to Ohio 7 must take Marion Street north to U.S. 40 (National Road) east for its intersection with Lincoln Avenue. Photo taken 10/15/04.
Milepost 0 lies along Interstate 70 westbound over the west banks of the Ohio River. A U.S. 40 shield attached to the following light posts indicates the connection between Exit 225 and Marion Street with the adjacent National Road. Ohio 7 meanwhile straddles the Ohio River between East Liverpool and Chesapeake. Photo taken 10/15/04.

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2004-10-15 by AARoads

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