West Virginia Route 817

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West Virginia Route 817 marker

West Virginia Route 817
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length 19.9 mi[2] (32.0 km)
Existed 2008-10-10[1] – present
Major junctions
North end US 35 near Pliny
  I‑64 near Scott Depot
South end US 60 near St. Albans
Counties Putnam, Kanawha
Highway system
WV 807 WV 869
View south along WV 817 just southeast of Henderson

West Virginia Route 817 follows the former path of U.S. Route 35 along the Kanawha River from St. Albans, West Virginia to near Fraziers Bottom, West Virginia and resumes again between near Southside to near Henderson. As such it is actually two separate roads, connected by the 12 mile "gap" in US 35, which will, when US 35 is finished, become WV 817 as well, making the eventual route of the road from St. Albans to Henderson. The route was first signed on October 10, 2008, the day when a new section of US 35 opened to replace this stretch of road.[1] It was extended from Winfield to the current end of the four-lane US 35 near Fraziers Bottom on June 15, 2009 when the section of US 35 that replaced it was opened. The separate section was added on November 1, 2010, when another section of US 35 opened. While US 35 formerly ended at U.S. Route 60, its new path ends at Interstate 64.[3]


Prior to 1969, the route that is now WV 817 was numbered as the original West Virginia Route 17. Following the collapse of the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant, a new bridge (the Silver Memorial Bridge) was built to carry U.S. Route 35 across the Ohio River. The new bridge was built slightly downstream, now south of the mouth of the Kanawha River. With the new location, West Virginia moved US 35 from the northern bank of the Kanawha River to southern bank, replacing old WV 17. The old path on the northern side of the Kanawha was numbered as West Virginia Route 62.

With its new designation at US 35, this highway became the primary travel route between Charleston and Point Pleasant, and continuing in to Ohio, Columbus and Dayton. Travel on the route continued to build, overwhelming the original 2-lane corridor. The state began planning to construct a replacement 4-lane route, but insufficient funding continually prevented the project. As the state looked to develop land near Buffalo, the old 2-lane US 35 and its slow access to Interstate 64 became a major issue, further increasing the need for a new highway.[4]

When the new U.S. Route 35 highway was finally opened from Interstate 64 to West Virginia Route 34 on October 10, 2008, West Virginia Division of Highways renamed the old highway in its entirety as West Virginia Route 817.[1] This number is in homage of the original West Virginia 17 that was on the route until 1969. When the next section was opened, the old US 35 became WV 817 as well. This number actually represents a change of plans from 2002, when WVDOH planned to keep US 35 on the route from Interstate 64 to U.S. Route 60.[5]


It is expected that WV 817 will continue to be extended along the route of the current US 35 as more of its 4-lane replacement opens.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Kanawha Amandaville US 60 / CR 60/14 (West Main Street) – St. Albans, Hurricane Southern terminus of WV 817
Putnam Scary I‑64 to US 35 – Charleston, Huntington I-64 exit 44
Winfield WV 34 north to WV 62 – Red House, Eleanor, Poca interchange; south end of WV 34 concurrency
WV 34 south to I‑64 – Hurricane, Charleston north end of WV 34 concurrency
To US 35 (via CR 817/2)
US 35 to I‑64 / WV 62 – Charleston, Dayton Northern terminus of WV 817
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c "U.S. 35 between St. Albans, Winfield now W.Va. 817". Charleston Daily Mail. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps: WV 817 from US 60 to US 35 at Buffalo Bridge". Google. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  3. ^ "West Virginia US 35 Deletion Request" (PDF). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  4. ^ Stadelman, Chris (February 16, 1996). "Location slow development of Putnam site". Charleston Daily Mail. 
  5. ^ "AASHTO USRN 2002 Actions" (PDF). American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. 2002. Retrieved 2008-11-12.