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SP Cook:
WV 55 is marketing.  It was signed on the highest and/or most scenic roads in the general area.  As such it breaks the general rule that the most logical route between point a on a numbered route and point b on a numbered route, should be the numbered route, to some degree.

Dirt Roads:

--- Quote from: amroad17 on November 14, 2022, 03:41:47 AM ---I picked up a West Virginia state map in 1996 which showed the proposed routing of Corridor H.  I believe it was to have followed US 33 to Seneca Rocks, then headed up to Petersburg, then Moorefield, and then continued on its current routing east of Moorefield.  I do remember seeing US 33 shown on the map along this proposed routing. 

I believe US 33 was shown constructed to 4-lane expressway standards east of Elkins in preparation for Corridor H--which ended up not being a part of Corridor H because of the change of routing with reasons mentioned in the above posts, hence the nickname of "The Racetrack" given to that section of US 33.  A question I have is if US 33 was to be re-routed on the original proposed Corridor H, what would the current US 33 from Seneca Rocks to Richmond been renumbered as?  US 37?  US 48?
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The Racetrack portion of US-33 east of Elkins was completed in 1976 before Corridor H was into the planning development stages along the general US-33 corridor from Elkins to Seneca Rocks.  US-33 would have certainly been posted along that portion of the route, but US-220 would have been posted up to Moorefield and US-33 would have continued along its current route to Harrisonburg.  There was some speculation that the more southerly route to New Market would have been a westward extension of US-211.  But the more northernly route to Strasburg would not have been designated as a 2DUS.  Corridor E was still posted as US-48 until 1991 (when it got upgraded to I-68). 



--- Quote from: amroad17 on November 14, 2022, 03:41:47 AM ---For another topic, why is WV 55 routed the way it is?  Is this a "we need a single number to get from US 19 to Moorefield"?  The extension of WV 55 should not have occurred in the first place as it is concurrent with other routes most of the way across the state.  WV 55 should end at US 220 in Moorefield and have the independent section of WV 55 from US 19 in Muddlety to WV 20 in Craigsville be two different state routes--an extension of WV 41 from where it currently ends at WV 55 to Craigsville and WV 555 along the rest of the route to Muddlety.

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--- Quote from: SP Cook on November 14, 2022, 08:38:16 AM ---WV 55 is marketing.  It was signed on the highest and/or most scenic roads in the general area.  As such it breaks the general rule that the most logical route between point a on a numbered route and point b on a numbered route, should be the numbered route, to some degree.

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Indeed, WV-55 was intended to be a scenic route but the more important factor was that the numbering was intended to be a continuation of VA-55 from Strasburg, a logical pickup for tourists coming off of I-66 from the Washington D.C. metro area.

I've mentioned the scenic significance of the former WV-43 route from Muddlety -to- Craigsville on both AARoads and MTR, but it bears discussion again here.  That route was the more scenic road to Craigsville than WV-41.  The just south of Craigsville, there is a scenic overlook of the Gauley River at Crupperneck Bend, a spectacular horseshoe bend in the river.  WV-39 between Summersville and Fenwick was more direct, but most West Virginians preferred that scenic route to get from Charleston over to the Cranberry Highlands.  In 1979, WV-150 (the Highland Scenic Highway) got extended over WV-39, WV-20 and usurped WV-43 to make this route official.  Then in 1983, WV-55 was extended over this same route and WV-150 was truncated back to its former origination point.

Fun fact: WV-55 had to be routed through Marlinton in order to maintain a continuous route in the Winter.  Just like other scenic parkways high up in the Appalachians,  the Highland Scenic way (WV-150) is prone to dense snow and is usually closed for much of the Winter months.  But rather than clinching WV-55, everyone's first time from Summersville -to- Strasburg should take the Highlands Scenic Highway as the intended scenic bypass of WV-55 (and those portions of WV-39 and US-219).  [Unless you want to visit the quaint town of Marlinton].

hbelkins:
I remember the maps showing WV 55 running only from Moorefield to the state line. There was no concurrency with US 220, WV 28, US 33, US 219, WV 39, etc.

I also remember seeing, but am not sure if I ever got a picture of, some sort of black-on-white reference marker on the "racetrack" segment of US 33 that made reference to APD. There occasionally used to be similar markers on other routes, and I remember seeing one on I-79 somewhere between Charleston and Weston.

Great Lakes Roads:
https://www.lootpress.com/new-bill-would-increase-speed-limits-to-80-mph-on-interstates/

West Virginia must be crazy enough to raise the speed limits from 70 to 80 mph on interstate highways and four-lane limited access highways in the state. This is round 4!  :pan:

sprjus4:
^ Didnít they already get 75 mph authorized a few years ago? Why havenít any interstates been signed as 75 mph since?

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