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CanesFan27:
This past Thursday, WVDOH had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the South Branch of the Potomac bridge in Moorefield.  At the same time, they had a ground breaking ceremony on a paving project that will ultimately extend Corridor H another 10 plus miles from US 220 in Moorefield to Patterson Creek Road in Forman.  The next segment is planned to open in the fall of 2010.

http://theintermountain.com/page/content.detail/id/521857.html

CanesFan27:
In addition, Senator Byrd was able to procure another $4.5 million for Corridor H (along with other projects).  He considers Corridor H, "[his] transportation crusade."

http://www.statejournal.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=66847
http://www.newstribune.info/news/x576511606/Byrd-secures-more-Corridor-H-money

SP Cook:
When this section is completed, its time for WV to apply for numbering of Corridor H as US 48, IMHO.

Currently, from west to east, the completed section from I-79 to Elkins is a multiplex of several numbers, but primarally called "US 33" or "Corridor H" by locals.  There US 33 continues as a mountain road and when Corridor H resumes it is a complex multiplex of several numbers, with WV 55 being primary.  It then ends at Wardensville, and its just WV 55 to the state line.  But Virginia has multiplexed US 48 onto the existing VA 55 to I-81.

Now, currently, it is very difficult to follow the intended route of Corridor H.  It involves following small local routes, including a one lane road in one section over the eastern continental divide.  I have done it, but it is not for regular motorists.

However, when the current construction is finished, which is quite posibably the last construction that will ever be completed (the blue secions on this map) :

http://www.wvcorridorh.com/route/lrgmap.html

the route will be the logical travelway through that area, and it would seem to me that US 48 could be applied to all completed sections, from I-79 to Wardensville, and onto WV 55 to the VA line.  Then apply "Temp 48" or "Detour 48" or "TO 48" or "WV 48, to US 48" (no AASHTO approval needed for that one) to, from west to east, US 219 from Kerens to Thomas, WV 32 from Thomas to Davis, and WV 93 from Davis to Scheer.  For the year it will take to get from Scheer to Forman, US 48 could be bannered on WV 42 and CR 5, which is a good 2 lane road in that point.

hbelkins:

--- Quote from: SP Cook on September 21, 2009, 07:02:12 AM ---
the route will be the logical travelway through that area, and it would seem to me that US 48 could be applied to all completed sections, from I-79 to Wardensville, and onto WV 55 to the VA line.  Then apply "Temp 48" or "Detour 48" or "TO 48" or "WV 48, to US 48" (no AASHTO approval needed for that one) to, from west to east, US 219 from Kerens to Thomas, WV 32 from Thomas to Davis, and WV 93 from Davis to Scheer.  For the year it will take to get from Scheer to Forman, US 48 could be bannered on WV 42 and CR 5, which is a good 2 lane road in that point.



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I've been across WV 42 from Petersburg to Mt. Storm Lake, then WV 93 down to Davis, WV 32 the short distance to Thomas, and US 219 down to Elkins. Did this twice. Drove it from west to east in the summer of 2000, and from east to west during a heavy snowstorm in January 2004. This was the closest approximation I could find to the Corridor H route on major maps. I know the Corridor H routing will run to the north of WV 42 and won't come near Petersburg. So there is a good way to approximate the routing from north of Moorefield (where Corridor H will cross US 220) over to the Mt. Storm Lake area?

In a couple of weeks I'll be in the area, but plan to drive the route that is continuously numbered as WV 55 all the way from the state line to Elkins. The worst section will be the US 33 part from Seneca Rocks to Harman. The rest, even the two/lane parts of WV 28/WV 55 and US 220/WV 28/WV 55, are all very good roads for this part of the country, as they pretty much go through valley areas.

SP Cook:
Heading west, towards Elkins (no pun intended) :

From the end of the current road, exit onto US 220 NORTH and go about 2 miles.  At Old Fields take a left onto CR 2 and follow it for 8 miles.  It will change numbers (although CRs are not numbered with "reassurance signs" anyway) to CR 5/2 at the Hardy/Grant line.  This will come out on CR 5.  Go SOUTH on CR 5 for 4 miles.  Then turn onto CR 3/3 which is Greenland Gap Road.  Follow this out and you come out in Scherr. 

Except for about 100 yards right at the beginning CR 2 and CR 5/2 are 2 lanes or a lane and a half.  CR 5 is equal in quality to any standard WV state route.  CR 3/3 is a lane and a half or two lanes, except for the actual Greenland Gap, which is the eastern continental divide and belongs to the Nature Converancy, which is one lane.  It is still a public road.  All is paved.

This follows the eventual Corridor H almost exactly, especially in Greenland Gap.

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