BISMARCK, W.Va. — The next section of Corridor H in West Virginia will officially open to traffic on Friday afternoon.  It’s a 4.7 mile stretch of the four-lane highway in Grant County between an existing Route 93 connector in Scherr and an existing Route 93 connector in Bismarck.

Photo by Shauna Johnson

Another section of Corridor H will open Friday. This picture shows an area of Corridor H east of Scherr.

“We just keep inching our way through there,” said Brent Walker, the spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, on the progress of the highway which is being built in some of the state’s most mountainous areas.

“It’s pretty rough terrain, but it’s a beautiful road and we’re just excited and anxious to be able to continue to make progress,” said Walker.

State, county and local officials will be part of Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.  The public is also invited to attend the 12:30 p.m. event.  It will be held at an overlook between Bismarck and Scherr.

In the east, the highway is now be open from Wardensville in Hardy County to Bismarck in Grant County.

As the 4.7 mile section opens, Walker said work is already well underway on another 16.2 mile section of Corridor H from Mt. Storm into Davis.  That stretch of roadway could open to traffic by early 2015.

At that point, Walker said Corridor H will be around 80 percent complete.  The remaining road route lies roughly between Davis and Parsons in Tucker County.  “We still have some tough road to hoe, no pun intended,” he said of that next phase of work.

Corridor H was originally conceived in the 1965 Appalachian Regional Development Act as a passage between Weston, W.Va. and Strasburg, Va.

When it’s finished, the 143-mile, four-lane highway will connect Interstate 79 in Lewis County directly to Interstate 81 at Front Royal, Va.

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  • New West Virginian

    Virginia can benefit from Corridor H too. It can spur new development along Interstate 66 in areas that are within commuting distance of places the Dulles Airport area which has a lot of tech jobs. Leesburg too. That will increase the housing stock in Northern Virginia and promote more economic growth in the outer suburbs.

  • David Kennedy

    For the first time since the Civil War, infrastructure has been set in place to aid industry and improve the lives of the West Virginian's in the E.P.
    I wish Senator Byrd was alive to share the opening of this road; he knew how important it was to everyone.
    My family has owned a second home in Hardy County since the 1960's. It is nice to travel there quickly and safely.
    West Virginia is coming of age and I'm very proud to say, 'that's my state.

  • thornton

    Canaan Valley needs more folks from the Washington, DC area....not enough blacktop, mercury vapor lights and, leaf peepers....soon, too soon!

  • Route7Roar

    I look forward to this road being completed because I am a native central West Virginian and now live in the DC metro area. From November to April, I have to go all the way up to I-68 and down I-79 to avoid the dangerous mountain roads in the winter. Also, you can get behind large trucks on Rt. 55 and literally go 35mph for 30 miles or more. It makes coming home such a longer drive. Of course, I understand the fears of development destroying the WV mountainside. But I'm willing to take that chance because central WV needs more economic development to get everyone off meth. We need jobs, services, and some outside culture to give people something to look forward to other than drinking, pills, and meth. Love my home state. We need more progress.

  • Robert

    I can hardly wait until some of the most beautiful countryside in WV becomes a row of billboards, fast food joints and shopping malls.

    Oh the excitement.

  • Ray

    It's "tough ROW to hoe", not ROAD.
    The spokesperson should learn to speak.

  • mel

    if you think that it is a highway to nowhere, then YOU must be going NOWHERE.

  • Jonus Grumby

    This project is another unjustifiable government boondoggle with taxpayers' money. 30 years from now it will be as desolate as I-79 between Weston & Charleston.

    • Larry

      Absolute truth!

    • Mac

      As someone originating from Braxton county, you can shove it. 79 has been vital to the area.

      • New West Virginian

        I agree. Plus Interstate 79 is also a critical link between Charleston/Huntington/Beckley and north central WV. Countless people use I-79 to go to the games in Morgantown.

        I have family and friends in Baltimore and I've been told once Corridor H is completed it will be a lot faster than going to Morgantown and taking 68. But when I tried out the current route through Elkins and Moorefield the distance is actually LONGER than going the Morgantown way. I AM curious.

        Having lived in Maryland and now living in Kanawha County I'm glad West Virginia is more business and development friendly than Maryland where the private sector economy has been devastated by liberal taxes and regulations and where the state government led by DC area liberals and Baltimore City's ghetto Democrats constantly wage war against the rural counties and the Baltimore suburbs. You can't even build a new house on septic anymore cause it offends the liberal sensibilities of the urbanites.

        However West Virginia can still be MORE business friendly and building Corridor H is a good idea. The Coalfields Expressway should be another priority. Virginia and Kentucky are more conservative and better for business, with lower taxes and we should emulate them vs Democrat states.

  • Veins

    Agreed. Second to none. The most gorgeous part of state end to end

  • Larry

    VA has no plans to finish their part.

    • Desperate

      2026

      • Larry

        Never happen, this "road to nowhere" is of no benefit to them, why waste the money?

        • WV Guru

          It is nice to know that Central WV is Nowhere. The question remains; Where is Somewhere?

          • Larry

            It's where that road doesn't go.

    • Shadow

      When Corridor H dumps all its traffic on Rt 55 and into Strasbourg, they will change their mind.

      • Larry

        What traffic?

        • Shadow

          Lots of it from Virginia to Central WV to Cincinnati and further West.

      • WV commuter

        I will believe it when I see it. VA built Rt. 50 out into four lanes when the original plan was to mirror Rt. 50.

        Before corridor H is completed to the VA line Rt. 9 in western Loudoun needs to be upgraded to four lanes. The traffic count on Rt. 9 is more per DAY than Rt. 55 per WEEK!
        That upgrade is scheduled to happen NEVER!

    • Jason412

      VA is waiting on us. Even if they're not, if you're on S.R55 once you cross into VA its only like 12 miles to I-81 and its not up and down 10% grades.

      I was just on the road going to I81 last week and was surprised by the amount of traffic on it. I think a completed corridor H would be a great thing for the economy of Central WV, especially in counties like Randolph that are putting all their eggs in the "tourism" basket.

      @Jonus maybe that part of 79 wont be so empty once its connected to Corridor H at exit 99.

    • WV

      You are incorrect. VDOT has been discussing plans for a 2026 completion of the Virginia portion.

      • Mac

        Larry is an idiot that posts crap all over this site constantly. He's a troll and nothing more.

  • Truth

    Good news for winter time drivers! No more taking that awful mountain road during snowstorms!

    • Bandit

      While I agree with most that they've fooled around enough with this road, have you ever driven across Mt. Storm and Scherr in the winter. Isn't the most pleasant experience, especially if the winds are up.

  • taxpayer

    This needs to be finished!

  • WhgFeeling

    Most beautiful highway in the state, IMHO

    • Robert

      They should have designated it a scenic highway, instead it is destined to be just another honky-tonk strip through WV