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 trek 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 Highway Guides


Interstate 64 scenes
West Virginia 16 leads southward from Beckley and Mabscott to the trumpet interchange connection with the West Virginia Turnpike. The four-lane divided highway acts as a pseudo expressway here with an interchange at City Avenue and grade separation with Fitzpatrick and Old Soak Roads (the overpass pictured in the background). Photo taken 06/17/05.
All traffic to Interstates 64 & 77 departs West Virginia 16 in unison at the trumpet interchange. West Virginia 16 continues southward four miles to Sophia as a four-lane divided highway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Drivers bound for Interstates 64 west & 77 north to Charleston and Interstate 77 south to Bluefield depart West Virginia 16 southbound. The connection from West Virginia 16 to the Interstate 64 & 77 southbound split is toll free. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Now on the ramp to Interstates 64 & 77 (West Virginia Turnpike), a sign bridge partitions motorists into the northbound ramp to Charleston and southbound ramp to Bluefield. Interstate 64 west & 77 north meet the U.S. 19 connector in three miles for interests northeast to Oak Hill, Summersville, and Morgantown. The turnpike otherwise continues another 53 miles to its end at the Kanawha River crossing in southeast Charleston. Photo taken 06/17/05.
Interstates 64 & 77 come into view at the West Virginia 16 ramp partition to the West Virginia Turnpike. Southbound drivers continues two miles to the split of Interstate 64 east from the Turnpike southbound. Interstate 64 meanders eastward from Beckley to Green Sulphur Springs, Lewisburg, and White Sulphur Springs before crossing into Virginia. Interstate 77 remains along the turnpike to Princeton. Photo taken 06/17/05.
SSR 9/9 (Airport Road) stems north from West Virginia 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 SSR 9/9 (Airport Road) north. The secondary 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:

06/17/05, 10/02/10 by AARoads

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Interstate 77

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