Interstate 64

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The final stretch of Interstate 64 between St. Louis and Hampton Roads to open was the 36-mile stretch from Beckley (Interstate 77) east to Sam Black Church (Exit 156). Constructed at a cost of $313.5-million and after 20 years of delay, Interstate 64 was completed in the Mountain State on July 15, 1988.1

I-64 was first envisioned to follow the U.S. 60 corridor from Charleston southeast to Lewisburg. The course of U.S. 60 between the two cities was winding in nature as the route traversed steep mountains with narrow lanes. In the mid-1960s, the route was shifted southward to protect wetlands and offset years of construction delays with upgrading the route along U.S. 60.1

Interstate 64 West Virginia Guides

Interstate 64 scenes
CR 9/9 (Airport Road) stems north from WV 307 (Scott Ridge Road) to a six-ramp parclo interchange with Interstate 64. Photo taken 10/02/10.
A loop ramp joins Interstate 64 west ahead of the East Beckley Bypass from CR 9/9 (Airport Road) north. The county route extends north to Clifftop and Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW). Photo taken 10/02/10.

Sources:

  1. "WEST VIRGINIA MARKS OPENING OF LAST STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 64." St. Louis Post-Dispatch July 17, 1988.


Photo Credits:

10/02/10 by AARoads

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Interstate 77

Page Updated 03-17-2015.