Interstate 70 in West Virginia

Interstate 70 is a portion of the Interstate Highway System that runs from near Cove Fort, Utah, at a junction with Interstate 15 to Baltimore, Maryland. It crosses the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia through Ohio County and the city of Wheeling. This segment is the shortest of all states’ through which I-70 passes, crossing West Virginia in only 14. 45 miles. The longest segment is Colorado’s, which measures 451. 04 miles.

About Interstate 70 in West Virginia in brief

Summary Interstate 70 in West VirginiaInterstate 70 is a portion of the Interstate Highway System that runs from near Cove Fort, Utah, at a junction with Interstate 15 to Baltimore, Maryland. It crosses the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia through Ohio County and the city of Wheeling. This segment is the shortest of all states’ through which I-70 passes, crossing West Virginia in only 14. 45 miles. The longest segment is Colorado’s, which measures 451. 04 miles. On average, between 27,000 and 53,000 vehicles use the freeway every day. The first road that entered Wheeling was a post road completed in 1794 that connected Wheeling to Morgantown. The National Road was the first interstate road, completed in 1818, that connectedWheeling to Cumberland, Maryland, and was designated U.S. Route 40. The I- 70 designation was brought to the Northern panhandle with the passage of the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, and it was built as a controlled-access highway, bypassing portions of the old National Road.

This is the longest stretch of Interstate 70 in West Virginia, by comparison, the longest segment in Colorado is the 451-mile-long segment in that state. It is also the shortest stretch in Pennsylvania, with the longest section being in New Hampshire, which has a single segment of I-80. The highway crosses the Ohio River onto Wheeling Island, the most populated island along the river. It also crosses the main channel of the river and the Greater Wheeling Trail, a rail trail that parallels the eastern banks of the River. The freeway passes above a light commercial zone, and has an interchange with Zane Street, before traveling east toward the Fort Henry Bridge. After the bridge, the freeway enters the approximately 1¼ miles-long Wheeling Tunnel which passes through Wheeling Hill.