West Virginia Route 956

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West Virginia Route 956 marker

West Virginia Route 956
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length: 4.2 mi[1] (6.8 km)
Major junctions
West end: MD 956 near Rocket Center
East end: WV 28 in Short Gap
Counties: Mineral
Highway system
WV 901 WV 971

West Virginia Route 956 (WV 956) is a 4.2-mile (6.8 km) long east–west state highway in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of West Virginia. The western terminus of WV 956 is at the Maryland state line at Rocket Center, where it becomes Maryland Route 956 (MD 956) at the Potomac River crossing. Its eastern terminus is at a T-intersection with WV 28 at Short Gap. Along its path, WV 956 passes over Knobly Mountain.

WV 956 was formerly County Route 9/6, intersecting CR 9 near its east end at Short Gap.

Route description[edit]

View east along WV 956

WV 956 runs entirely within Mineral County. The two-lane highway begins at the Maryland state line along its bridge over the Potomac River at Rocket Center, where it takes over for MD 956, which itself started just over 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the northwest of this point at U.S. Route 220 (US 220). Heading southeast from the state line, WV 956 provides access to Allegany Ballistics Laboratory. The route then crosses Knobly Mountain, following a path in the shape of an sideways "U" amidst a heavily wooded terrain. WV 956 straightens out as it comes down from the mountain traveling to the southeast. Arriving in Short Gap, WV 956 comes to an end where it meets WV 28 at a T-intersection.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Mineral County.

Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Rocket Center 0.0 0.0 MD 956 west Maryland state line (Pinto Bridge over North Branch Potomac River)
Short Gap 4.2 6.8 WV 28
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Distance calculated using Microsoft MapPoint mapping software.
  2. ^ a b Google (2012-01-01). "Overview Map of WV 956" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2012-01-01.