Interstate 79

Interstate 79 North
The view of Interstate 79 northbound near its diamond interchange with Goshen Road (West Virginia State Secondary 77) at Exit 146. The scenic freeway winds northward two miles to junction Interstate 68 outside of Morgantown. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 148 diagrammatical sign for the upcoming split of Interstate 68 east from Interstate 79 northbound. Interstate 68 travels east from Morgantown to Cumberland, Maryland over the Appalachian Mountains. The designation came into existence during the mid 1980s upon completion of the National Freeway (U.S. 48) in western Maryland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Three Interstate 79 interchanges serve the Monogalia County seat of Morgantown in northeastern West Virginia. Interstate 68 encircles southern reaches of the city east of Exit 148. U.S. 19 meets Interstate 79 at Exit 152 and Chaplin Road meets the freeway at Exit 155 near West Virginia University. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The eastbound beginning of Interstate 68 departs Interstate 79 via a two-lane off-ramp at Exit 148. Interstate 68 continues 33 miles east from Interstate 79 to the Maryland state line. The east-west freeway reaches Cumberland in 73 miles and junction Interstate 70 at Hancock in 115 miles. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 68 stems northeast from Interstate 79 outside of Morgantown to Morgantown Municipal Airport. The freeway sees interchanges with U.S. 119 (Exit 1), West Virginia 7 (Exit 4), and Pierpont Road (Exit 7). Photo taken 08/07/04.
The second to last sign bridge for the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 68's western terminus on Interstate 79 northbound. Interstate 68 at present links Interstate 79 with Interstate 70 in northern West Virginia and western Maryland. However plans are underway to extend the freeway northwest from Morgantown to Wheeling in the near future. The routing will utilize the U.S. 250 & West Virginia 2 freeway south from Wheeling to Moundsville, and a new corridor between there and Interstate 79. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 148 leaves Interstate 79 north for Interstate 68 east. Interstate 68 meets U.S. 119 (University Avenue) in one mile. The future Pennsylvania Turnpike 43 connection to Interstate 68 will tie into the freeway near Exit 10. Upon completion of the toll road, drivers will be able to use Interstate 68 east to Pennsylvania Turnpike 43 north as an alternate into metro Pittsburgh. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A parting shot of the Interstate 68 ramp departure from Interstate 79 north. An Exit 1 guide sign touts the folded-diamond interchange with U.S. 119 (University Avenue) one mile to the east. U.S. 119 enters downtown Morgantown 3.6 miles to the north. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 79 expands to six lanes with the addition of traffic from Interstate 68. The freeway crosses the Monongahela River and Norfolk-Southern Railroad just north of the Interstate 68 western terminus. Washington, Pennsylvania joins Morgantown as the northbound control cities. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The final two interchanges of Interstate 79 within the Mountain State serve the west Morgantown suburbs of Westover, Granville, Star City, and Osage. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Two-mile guide sign for the U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road) junction with Interstate 79 at Exit 152. U.S. 19 snakes it ways 12 miles northeast from Rivesville to meet Interstate 79 at Westover. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A high-level bridge carries River Road over Interstate 79 between Price Hill and Harmony Grove southwest of Wendover. An auxiliary sign posted nearby indicates the connection of U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road) northbound via Dents Run Road to Grantville 1.4 miles to the north. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Portions of Morgantown and the campus of West Virginia University draw into view on the approach to the Exit 152 partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road). Traffic interests to the campus and sports facilities should use the Exit 155 diamond interchange at Chaplin road for U.S. 19 (Monongahela Boulevard). Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 79 one quarter mile south of the Exit 152 off-ramp onto U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road). Fairmont Road enters Wendover east of the freeway on the 1.2 mile drive to junction West Virginia 100 (Holland Avenue). From there U.S. 19 overtakes Holland Avenue east across the Monongahela River into downtown Morgantown. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Northbound at the ramp departure of Exit 152 onto U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road). U.S. 19 meets U.S. 119 (University Avenue) 2.1 miles to the east in downtown Morgantown. From there U.S. 19 turns north onto University Avenue to West Virginia University. U.S. 119 meanwhile turns east along Pleasant Street three blocks to Spruce Street within the Morgantown central business district. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 79 South
Interstate 79 southbound mileage sign posted after the U.S. 19 (Exit 152) interchange at Wendover. The freeway carries six lanes west of Morgantown through to the Interstate 68 western terminus (Exit 148). Photo taken 08/07/04.
Two miles north of the western terminus interchange of Interstate 68 (Exit 148) on Interstate 79 southbound. The junction occurs just southwest of the University of West Virginia home of Morgantown. Interstate 79 sees two interchanges for the city (Exit 155 & 152) while Interstate 68 sees three (Exits 1, 4, and 7). River Road travels over Interstate 79 via a high-level arch bridge in the background. Photo taken 08/07/04.
A closer look at the River Road over crossing at milepost 151. River Road stems southwest from U.S. 19 (Holland Avenue) in Wendover to Harmony Grove and Price Hill at Interstate 79. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Traffic interests to Morgantown are served by the first three interchanges of Interstate 68 eastbound. U.S. 119 (University Avenue) ties into the freeway at Exit 1, West Virginia 7 at Exit 4, and Pierpont Road at Exit 10. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Depicted here is the one-mile diagrammatical overhead for Exit 148. An Airport placard is affixed to the sign bridge for the Morgantown Municipal Airport, accessible from Interstate 68 Exit 7. Interstate 68 otherwise continues east 33 miles from Interstate 79 to Garrett County, Maryland and 73 miles to Cumberland. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 79 crosses the Monongahela River within the vicinity of the tri-level stack interchange of Interstate 68. A two-lane off-ramp leaves southbound ahead for the eastbound beginning of Interstate 68. Interstate 68 overall is a useful through route for east-west through traffic between the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan area and points west such as Columbus and Chicago. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 68 eastbound begins via Exit 148 of Interstate 79 southbound. The freeway in West Virginia was originally apart of U.S. 48. Interstate 68 was signed in 1989 upon completion of the U.S. 48 freeway through Cumberland, Maryland. A planned extension will continue Interstate 68 northwestward to Wheeling and Interstate 70 by way of Moundville. The 73-mile routing is included in the National Highway System by the Federal Highway Administration as of September 9, 2003. See the Interstate 68 Guide for additional background regarding the extension. Photo taken 08/07/04.
The southbound ramp onto Interstate 68 eastbound forms the lowest level of the Exit 148 tri-level stack interchange. A one-mile guide sign lies ahead of the flyover ramps for the folded-diamond interchange (Exit 1) with U.S. 119 (University Avenue). U.S. 119 travels south from downtown Morgantown 3.6 miles to meet Interstate 68 at Exit 1. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Passing underneath the Interstate 79 mainline and the westbound Interstate 68 flyover onto Interstate 79 southbound on Interstate 68 eastbound. The eastern terminus of Interstate 68 at Hancock, Maryland is also a tri-level stack interchange. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Leaving the confluence with Interstate 68 on Interstate 79 southbound. The freeway reduces to four lanes overall as it leaves the Morgantown metropolitan area for Marion County and Fairmont. Photo taken 08/07/04.
West Virginia State Secondary 77 (Goshen Road) intersects Interstate 79 at the next southbound interchange (Exit 146). Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 79 southbound mileage sign listing the distances to Goshen Road (Exit 148), Fairmont, and Clarksburg. The freeway ends at Interstate 77 147 miles to the south at Charleston. Photo taken 08/07/04.
One mile north of the West Virginia State Secondary 77 (Goshen Road) diamond interchange (Exit 146) on Interstate 77 south. Goshen Road spurs east from West Virginia State Secondary 73 3.7 miles to junction U.S. 119 (Grafton Road) near the settlement of Ridgedale. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Standard procedure along West Virginia Interstates is to sign the approach to an interchange with signs at two miles, one mile, and one-quarter mile out from the actual off-ramp. Interstate 79 southbound at Goshen Road is no exception with the 0.25-mile guide sign for Exit 146. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Exit 146 leaves Interstate 79 southbound for West Virginia State Secondary 77 (Goshen Road). Goshen Road ties into West Virginia State Secondary 73 nearby. State Secondary 73 parallels Interstate 79 from U.S. 119 (University Avenue) and Uffington southwest to Meadowdale and Fairmont. Photo taken 08/07/04.
Interstate 79 scenes
Goshen Road (West Virginia State Secondary 77) eastbound at the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 79 south of Morgantown. Interstate 79 interchanges with the western terminus of Interstate 68 at the next northbound exit. Goshen Road continues 3.7 miles to junction U.S. 119 (Grafton Road). Photo taken 08/07/04.
U.S. 19 southbound nears its interchange with Interstate 79 (Exit 152) at the Morgantown suburb of Westover. Dents Run Road (West Virginia State Secondary 49) intersects U.S. 19 (Fairmont Road) ahead of the partial-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 79. Photo taken 08/07/04.

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2004-08-07 by AARoads

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