U.S. Route 33 in West Virginia

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U.S. Route 33 marker

U.S. Route 33
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length 248 mi (399 km)
Existed 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end US 33 at the Ohio state line
  I‑77 from Ravenswood to Ripley
US 119 from Spencer to Buckhannon
I‑79 in Weston
US 48 from Weston to Elkins
US 219 in Elkins
US 220 in Franklin
East end US 33 at the Virginia state line
Location
Counties Jackson, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Pendleton
Highway system
WV 32 WV 34

In the U.S. state of West Virginia, US 33 extends 248 miles (399 km) from the Ohio River at Ravenswood to the Virginia state line atop Shenandoah Mountain west of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Route description[edit]

US 33 crossing the Ohio River on the Ravenswood Bridge, viewed from Ravenswood, with the Ohio bank of the river in the distance
Seneca Rocks, along US 33 in Pendleton County, West Virginia (Wood engraving "The Cliffs of Seneca" by David H.Strother, published in 1872)
US 33 passes through Judy Gap (center), after descending the Allegheny Front (background; highest point is Spruce Knob)
View west along US 33 in Pendleton County

Shortly after entering West Virginia and crossing the Ohio River, US 33 turns south, joining Interstate 77 to Ripley. The route then turns east from I-77, joining US 119 at Spencer, then passing through extremely rural areas of Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, and Lewis counties.

US 33 Intersects Interstate 79 at Weston, West Virginia. From Interstate 79 east, US 33 is a four-lane highway, part of Corridor H of the Appalachian Development Highway System. The four-lane segment continues on through rural areas of Upshur, and Randolph counties, to just a couple miles past Elkins.

At Harding, US 250 joins US 33 for several miles after Elkins, where US 33 joins SR 55 and returns to a two-lane road, except for a seven-mile (11 km) section of four-lane across Kelly Mountain between Canfield and Bowden. Passing through the Monongahela National Forest, US 33 crosses the Eastern Continental Divide between Harman and Onego at about 3,240 feet (990 m) elevation, entering Pendleton County, then descends the Allegheny Front along Seneca Creek, skirting the north end of Spruce Mountain, at 4,861 feet (1,482 m) the highest point of the Allegheny Mountains.

US 33 then joins SR 28 at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, and continues south in the Potomac River headwaters through scenic forest and farmland landscapes. Turning eastward from SR 28 at Judy Gap, US 33 crosses North Fork Mountain at about 3,600 feet (1,100 m), with a turnout on the western slope offering a scenic view of the Germany Valley below and the more distant Allegheny Front from Spruce Knob to Dolly Sods. US 220 joins US 33 for about half a mile in Franklin. After Franklin, US 33 continues eastward through rural areas, then climbs steeply to cross Shenandoah Mountain at Dry River Gap at about 3,450 feet (1,050 m) into Rockingham County, Virginia.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Ohio River 0.0 0.0 US 33 west – Columbus Continuation into Ohio
Ravenswood Bridge; Ohio–West Virginia state line
Jackson Ravenswood WV 68 north – Ravenswood Western end of WV 68 overlap
WV 2 south – Point Pleasant Western end of WV 2 overlap
Silverton I‑77 north / WV 2 north – Parkersburg Eastern end of WV 2 overlap; northern end of I-77 overlap
Ripley I‑77 south / WV 62 south – Charleston Southern end of I-77 overlap
Roane Spencer WV 14 – Elizabeth
US 119 south – Clendenin Western end of US 119 overlap
Calhoun Arnoldsburg WV 16 south to I‑79 – Orma Western end of WV 16 overlap
Millstone WV 16 north – Grantsville Eastern end of WV 16 overlap
Gilmer Glenville WV 5 west – Grantsville Western end of WV 5 overlap
WV 5 east – Burnsville Eastern end of WV 5 overlap
Linn WV 47 west – Burnt House
Lewis Weston US 19 south (Main Avenue) Western end of US 19 overlap (southbound lanes)
US 19 north (Central Avenue) Western end of US 19 overlap (northbound lanes)
US 19 (E. 3rd Street) Eastern end of US 19 overlap (all lanes)
US 48 begin / I‑79 – Clarksburg, Charleston Western terminus of US 48; western end of US 48 overlap; I-79 exit 99
Upshur Buckhannon CR 12 (Main Street) Interchange; eastbound exit only
US 119 north / WV 20 – Buckhannon, Philippi Eastern end of US 119 overlap
Barbour
No major junctions
Randolph US 250 north / WV 92 north – Philippi Western end of US 250/WV 92 overlaps
Aggregates WV 92 south (Harrison Avenue) – Crystal Springs Eastern end of WV 92 overlap
Elkins US 48 east / US 219 north – Parsons Western end of US 48/US 219 overlap
WV 92 north (Harrison Avenue) Western end of WV 92 overlap
US 219 south / US 250 south / WV 55 west / WV 92 south – Huttonsville Eastern end of US 219/US 250/WV 92 overlaps; western end of WV 55 overlap
Harman WV 32 north – Davis
Pendleton Seneca Rocks WV 28 north / WV 55 east – Petersburg Eastern end of WV 55 overlap; northern end of WV 28 overlap
Judy Gap WV 28 south – Circleville, Green Bank Southern end of WV 28 overlap
Franklin US 220 north – Petersburg Northern end of US 220 overlap
US 220 south – Monterey Southern end of US 220 overlap
Shenandoah Mountain West Virginia–Virginia state line; elevation 3,450 ft (1,050 m)
US 33 east – Harrisonburg Continuation into Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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