US 50 in West Virginia
According to ablogtophone, US 50 is a US Highway in the US state of West Virginia. The road forms an east-west route through the center of the state, from the Ohio border through Parkersburg and Clarksburg to the Virginia border. US 50 is 316 kilometers long in West Virginia.
The Blennerhassett Island Bridge over the Ohio River at Parkersburg.
Western West Virginia
The Ohio River forms the boundary between Ohio and West Virginia. US 50 in Ohio comes from Athens and crosses the Ohio River via the Blennerhassett Island Bridge. US 50 then forms a freeway with 2×2 lanes and grade separated connections to I-77. This 16-kilometer stretch forms the southern bypass of the city of Parkersburg. One also crosses the Little Kanawha River here. On the east side of Parkersburg there is a connection to Interstate 77.
The US 50 then forms a 120 kilometer long 2×2 divided highway with limited grade separation between I-77 at Parkersburg and I-79 at Clarksburg. This route leads through sparsely populated countryside, characterized by hilly terrain with dense forests and no clear valleys. US 50 also does not cross major roads on this stretch until near Clarksburg. US 50 then forms a semi-grade grade bypass of Clarksburg, after which it connects to Interstate 79.
Eastern West Virginia
US 50 in eastern West Virginia.
East of Clarksburg, US 50 has a much more secondary character, being a winding two-lane road that passes through all places on the route. In this area the US 119 and US 250 are crossed. East of Grafton the height differences become greater. The road rises here to more than 800 meters above sea level. US 50 then briefly passes through western Maryland, after which US 50 returns to West Virginia after 14 kilometers.
The section through the West Virginia panhandle passes through a portion of the Appalachian Mountains that more clearly features a series of ridges and valleys. The US 50 therefore goes up and down on this stretch, but there are no places larger than a hamlet on the route. There are some scattered buildings. Finally, the border with the state of Virginia follows, after which US 50 in Virginia continues to Winchester.
US 50 was created in 1926 as a transcontinental route. It is the main route in West Virginia that has not been replaced by an Interstate Highway, which is why the state upgraded US 50 between Parkersburg and Clarksburg to a divided highway, West Virginia’s first long divided highway.
The route is part of Corridor D of the Appalachian Development Highway System, which runs from Cincinnati to Clarksburg. Construction of US 50 as a 2×2 divided highway began in the mid-1960s and the first 2×2 lane section was opened in 1967. Much of the doubled US 50 opened in 1970 and 1971, with the Clarksburg bypass opening in 1977. In 1978, US 50 was completed as a 2×2 divided highway between I-77 at Parkersburg and I-79 at Clarksburg.
Originally, through traffic crossed the Ohio River via the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge, which opened into the centers of both towns. To improve on this, a 10-mile bypass from Parkersburg has been constructed that has freeway features, unlike the older sections, US 50 has only grade separated intersections here. On September 8, 2003, the first 2 miles of this opened west of I-77. On September 20, 2004, the central portion of the Parkersburg bypass, including the bridge over the Little Kanawha River, opened. In August 2005, the first section opened west of downtown Parkersburg, as far as Blennerhassett. Finally, the new bridge over the Ohio River had to be built, the Blennerhassett Island Bridgewhich opened on June 13, 2008. This meant that traffic on US 50 no longer had to pass through Parkersburg.
New River Gorge Bridge
|New River Gorge Bridge|
|Total length||924 meter|
|Main overvoltage||518 meter|
|Bridge deck height||267 meter|
|Traffic intensity||16,200 mvt/day|
According to beautyphoon, the New River Gorge Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States, located in the state of West Virginia near Fayetteville.
The bridge spans the New River Gorge, a deep gorge of the New River 55 kilometers southeast of the capital, Charleston. The bridge is an arch bridge with the arch below the deck, the largest of its type in the world. The bridge has a total span of 924 meters and a main span of 518 meters. The bridge deck is a maximum of 267 meters above the valley floor. The 2×2 lane US 19 in West Virginia runs from Beckley to Morgantown over the bridge. The bridge is toll-free.
The bridge was constructed between June 1974 and October 1977 and opened to traffic on October 22, 1977. When opened, it was the largest arch bridge in the world. The bridge would retain this title for more than 25 years, until the Lupu Bridge, which has a larger main span, opened in Shanghai in 2003. However, the New River Gorge Bridge is still the largest bridge in the world where the arch is located below the bridge deck.
In 2010, 16,200 vehicles crossed the New River Gorge Bridge daily.