West Virginia Route 97

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West Virginia Route 97 marker

West Virginia Route 97
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length: 48.9 mi[1] (78.7 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 52 / WV 80 in Hanover
 

WV 10 near Pineville
WV 54 from Maben to Sophia

WV 16 from Sophia to Mabscott
East end: I‑64 / I‑77 / WV 16 in Mabscott
Location
Counties: Wyoming, Raleigh
Highway system
WV 95 WV 98

West Virginia Route 97 is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of West Virginia. The western terminus of the route is at U.S. Route 52 and West Virginia Route 80 in Hanover. The eastern terminus is at exit 42 of the West Virginia Turnpike (Interstate 64 and Interstate 77) in Mabscott. West Virginia Route 16, which runs concurrent with WV 97 between Sophia and Mabscott, continues north into Beckley on Robert C. Byrd Drive, the right-of-way of both WV 16 and WV 97.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Wyoming Hanover 0.0 0.0 US 52 / WV 80 – Welch, Williamson, Gilbert
Baileysville WV 971 north – Oceana Southern terminus of WV 971.
Pineville WV 10 south – Mullens, Welch Western terminus of WV 10 concurrency.
WV 10 north – Logan Eastern terminus of WV 10 concurrency.
Maben WV 54 south – Mullens Southern terminus of WV 54 concurrency.
Raleigh Lester WV 305 north Southern terminus of WV 305.
  WV 16 north / WV 121 south – Beckley interchange
westbound: east end of WV 54 overlap
  WV 16 south – Sophia eastbound intersection only: east end of WV 54 overlap; west end of WV 16 overlap
  WV 121 south (local traffic only) / WV 16 south – Sophia interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
westbound: west end of WV 16 overlap
MacArthur I‑64 / I‑77 / WV 16 north – Charleston, Bluefield, Beckley I-77 exit 42; east end of WV 16 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

History[edit]

State Route 97 connects U.S. Highway 52 in the western end of Wyoming County with the county seat of Pineville and goes on to State Route 54 in Maben. Following the linkage of Interstate 64 to the West Virginia Turnpike south of Beckley, the state continued State Route 97 signage across existing State Route 54 to State Route 16 in Sophia and on to the junction with the Turnpike's newly constructed South Valley Drive (now renamed Robert C. Byrd Drive) exit number 42.[citation needed] As a main thoroughfare in Wyoming County, Route 97 serves the coal industry and its workers, and the heavy truck traffic following brought many accidents and made maintenance nearly impossible. The last 20 years have brought improvements and widening to the road, and it could soon lose much traffic to the Coalfields Expressway, a highway that will link the Turnpike to Pineville, Welch, and Buchanan County, Virginia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Distance calculated using Microsoft MapPoint mapping software.