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Bitmapped:

--- Quote from: seicer on September 23, 2022, 09:20:19 PM ---https://historicaerials.com/location/38.13833658007435/-82.55922107513832/T1977/14
Interesting bit about US 52's realignment when the Tolsia Highway was being developed along the Big Sandy River in the mid-1970s and 1980s. It formerly followed WV 152, but what I wasn't aware of was that by 1975, it had been re-routed along WV 37 from Echo to Fort Gay - this is when the newer segment near Fort Gay had been completed. It opened north of WV 37 along the river in 1980.

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I guess that would have been a net improvement in routing. WV 152 is awful south of Wayne.

SP Cook:
The mistake the state made on US 52 was in not buying a 4 lane ROW, even if only building 2 lanes at the time.  The area was very rural and the land was not very valuable.  Now it is a heavily industrialized area.

SP Cook:
. https://www.wsaz.com/2022/10/27/new-nitro-st-albans-bridge-open-this-weekend/

Dirt Roads:

--- Quote from: SP Cook on October 27, 2022, 11:44:24 AM ---https://www.wsaz.com/2022/10/27/new-nitro-st-albans-bridge-open-this-weekend/

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By the way, no matter what the DOH says, that is not the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.  It is the new I-64 twin span between Exit 44 (St. Albans exit) and Exit 45 (Nitro exit), which is nowhere near St. Albans.  Looks like Nitro has annexed the entirety of I-64 bridge over the Kanawha River.

By the way, the real Nitro-St. Albans Bridge between the two cities is designated as WV-25 Spur (unposted).  Folks in St. Albans (which is not quite double the population of Nitro) have always complained about the name, and so folks on the south side of the Kanawha call it the St. Albans-Nitro Bridge.  In traditional West Virginia fashion, the original bridge there was always known as the Nitro-St. Albans Toll Bridge (or St. Albans-Nitro Toll Bridge), even though the tolls were dropped in the mid-1940s.  I guess it didn't make any sense to keep the Toll Bridge moniker after the original structure was demolished in 2014.

seicer:
I was shocked how fast they got the new bridge up.

But... there is conflicting information on WVDOH's website about the project. The new bridge is staying? Or being replaced?

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