Corridor G

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U.S. Route 119 marker

Corridor G
Major junctions
South end: US 23 / US 460 / KY 80 / Corr. B near Pikeville, KY
  US 52 in Williamson, WV
WV 10 in Chapmanville, WV
North end: I‑64 in Charleston, WV
Highway system

Corridor G is a highway in the U.S. states of Kentucky and West Virginia. It is part of the Appalachian Development Highway System, encompassing US 119 for its length. At the southern terminus of Corridor G at Corridor B (US 23/US 460/KY 80) near Pikeville, Kentucky, traffic can continue along Corridor B towards Pikeville and Jenkins, where one can pick up Corridor F (US 119) or proceed south on Corridor B (US 23) into Virginia. At the northern terminus at Interstate 64 in Charleston, West Virginia, one can pick up Interstate 77 and Interstate 79, along with the West Virginia Turnpike.

Attractions[edit]

The Hatfield–McCoy Trails are an ATV and mountain biking network of trails throughout southwest West Virginia. Three trail heads branch off from various secondary routes accessible from Corridor G.

History[edit]

See also: U.S. Route 119

Kentucky[edit]

In 1974,[1] the first segment of Corridor G was completed from KY 292 (2nd St.) at South Williamson south to KY 199 at Huddy. This was a four-lane divided highway that contained mountable medians and jersey barriers, with a mix of state route and driveway access. This is especially evident as US 119 cuts through the center of Belfry and South Williamson. Several years later, a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) segment of four-lane US 119 along Buckley Creek opened from Corridor B/US 23/US 460/KY 80 north of Pikeville to what is now KY 1426 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of Pikeville.

In 1997,[1] a section of US 119 was relocated on new alignment from KY 3154 (Meathouse Fork Rd.) at Canada east to KY 199 at Huddy. Two years later,[1] a section of US 119 was relocated on new alignment from 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of Meta to KY 3154 at Canada. This involved extensive highwall construction at Bent Mountain and Canada Knob.

The final segment of Corridor G in Kentucky to be completed was from the KY 1426 intersection north of Pikeville east to Scott Fork 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of Meta. This segment required the construction of three twin steel-box girder bridges at Johns Creek (KY 194) near Bevins Branch, Winn Branch (Winn Branch Road), and Raccoon Creek (KY 1441).[2] This also includes a modified diamond interchange at what will be old US 119 1/2-mile east of KY 1426 at Zebulon.

On June 30, 2006, the "Pinson Family Bridge" was dedicated. It crosses Raccoon Creek and KY 1441. This twin steel-box girder bridge is more than 1,200 ft (370 m). long and is the only examples of its kind in Kentucky.[3] The girders were chosen because of the curvature within the bridge structure; each girder is completely hollow and is features a 10 ft (3.0 m). clearance on the interior.

On December 6, 2006, a segment of Corridor G opened from the KY 1426 intersection north of Pikeville east to the KY 194 (Johns Creek) interchange.[4] The last segment to open is from KY 194 north to Scott Fork. That segment was opened in March 2008.

West Virginia[edit]

The first segments of Corridor G to open was in 1972.[5] During that year, a Mingo County segment from Myrtle and Belo (MP 13) to the Logan County line near Holden opened. Segments of this was opened originally as a "super-two" since WV 65 was being destroyed; it was critical that the old roadway be removed before the highway was expanded to four-lanes.

In 1973, a lengthy segment opened to traffic from Godby Heights south of Chapmanville (MP 13) to MP 4 in Boone County.[5] This was followed a year later by a segment near Madison from MP 9.37 to MP 13 in Boone County. In 1975, the segment from MP 4 to MP 9.37 in Boone County was opened to traffic. At this time, the connection to Interstate 64 in Charleston also opened to traffic from Oakwood Road. This included the flyover ramp from US 119 to the Interstate 64 interchange.

In 1977, a Mingo County segment from Nolan (MP 7.45) at US 52 to Myrtle (MP 13) opened to traffic.[5]

The next segment to open would come in 1982,[5] when a Boone, Lincoln, and Kanawha County segment opened to traffic from Julian (MP 17) to the WV 601 interchange in South Charleston (MP 11). The segment between the WV 601 interchange to Oakwood Road in Charleston would be completed in 1986;[5] it formerly utilized Oakhurst and Oakwood Roads.

In 1989,[5] a segment from MP 13 to Julian (MP 17) in Boone County opened. In 1992, a new Tug Fork crossing at Williamson was completed. Formerly, Corridor G traffic from Kentucky had to cross into downtown Williamson and pick up US 119 into West Virginia.

The last segment of Corridor G in West Virginia to be completed was from the Tug Fork crossing at Williamson north to US 52 near Nolan. This nine-mile (14 km) segment was completed in 1997.[5]

Possible Interstate 66 connection[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

State County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Kentucky Pike Pikeville US 23 / US 119 south / US 460 / KY 80 – Pikeville, Prestonsburg
  KY 1426 west south end of KY 1426 overlap
  KY 1426 east – Zebulon, Burning Fork interchange; north end of KY 1426 overlap
  To KY 194 – Bent Branch, Phelps interchange
  KY 1426 – Meta interchange
  KY 881 north – Varney, Heenon
  KY 3220 – Sidney, Canada interchange
  KY 3220 – Canada, Sidney interchange
Huddy KY 199 south – Stone, McAndrews
  KY 319 east – Hardy, Toler
  KY 308 west
  KY 292 south south end of KY 292 overlap
  2nd Avenue (KY 1506 north)
South Williamson KY 292 north – Warfield, KY, Williamson, WV, Coal House north end of KY 292 overlap; south end of US 52 Truck overlap (northbound only)
West Virginia Mingo Williamson US 52 south – Williamson, Welch, West Williamson north end of US 52 Truck overlap (northbound only); south end of US 52 overlap
Kentucky Pike   To KY 292
West Virginia Mingo   CR 14 – Chattaroy
Kentucky Pike   KY 292 interchange
West Virginia Mingo Nolan CR 52/19 (Nolan Street) to Nolan Toll Bridge
  US 52 north – Huntington north end of US 52 overlap
  WV 65 north – Naugatuck south end of WV 65 overlap
Belo WV 65 south – Delbarton, Matewan north end of WV 65 overlap
Logan Holden CR 18 (Holden Road) former US 119 north
Holden Copperas Fork Road - Holden interchange
  Whitman Junction (CR 219/1)
  WV 73 to WV 10 – Logan interchange
Chapmanville WV 10 – Chapmanville interchange
Boone Danville CR 85/8 (Riverside Drive) – Danville, Madison
  WV 85 south / Mountaineer Drive – Danville, Madison
Rock Creek WV 3 east / CR 119/65 (Skeens Drive) – Racine south end of WV 3 overlap
Julian WV 3 west – Julian, Hamlin north end of WV 3 overlap
Lincoln Priestley To WV 214 (Yeager Highway via CR 119/1) / CR 119/6 (Starlight Road) – Yawkey, Hamlin, Alum Creek
Kanawha   CR 214/10 (Childress Road) / Eagle Drive – Alum Creek to WV 214
Ruth CR 13/14 (Willow Drive) / CR 11/2 (Ruth Road) (via WV 214)
Charleston CR 214/8 (Green Road) / Terry Road (via WV 214)
WV 601 (WV 214) / Davis Creek Road (CR 20) – South Charleston interchange
CR 13/10 (Oakwood Road) – Kanawha State Forest
To WV 61 (MacCorkle Avenue) interchange
I‑64 / US 119 north to I‑77 / I‑79 – Huntington, Charleston, Beckley I-64 exit 58A
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bridge stamp listings. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 2005.
  2. ^ Jenior, Pete. "Notes on yesterday's Pikeville Meet and Trip." Newsgroup posting. [1].
  3. ^ Elkins, H.B. "New US 119 in Kentucky." Newsgroup posting. [2].
  4. ^ "New sections of US 119 open this Wednesday." Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 8 Dec. 2006 [3].
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Release Date Report. West Virginia Department of Transportation. August 2003.
  6. ^ Interstate 66 Kentucky: Appalachian Segment Corridor Vicinity Map
  7. ^ Interstate 66 Kentucky (main map)
  8. ^ Federal Highway Administration: NHS High Priority Corridors Description (Corridor 3)