Corridor H is legislatively routed from Interstate 79 near Weston, West Virginia to Interstate 81 near Strasburg, Virginia. Construction began on the I-79 to Elkins, WV segment in the 1970s and was finished by the mid-1990s. Corridor H from Weston to Elkins carries US 33 in its entirety and parts of US 119 and 250.
|1994-96 WV State
Map showing Corridor 'H' and US 33
entering into Virginia and terminating at Interstate 81
However, Virginia did not share Underwood's aggressive approach towards building the highway and in 1995 announced that the Commonwealth was not interested in completing their portion of Corridor H. West Virginia, in turn, lowered the priority of completing the highway west of Wardensville. As of 2017, WV intends to begin construction from Wardensville to the Virginia state line in 2027.
Since the mid-1990s, West Virginia has begun to build portions of Corridor H from Elkins to Wardensville. There have been various amounts of opposition and other obstacles, but since the late 1990s small pieces of the highway have begun to fall into place. During that same time period, West Virginia had begun talking about designating all of Corridor H as US 48. Finally, on October 11, 2002, AASHTO approved the designation for both states. Although Virginia has signed US 48, it has not changed its position to not build their section of Corridor H. Though prior to the 2012 MAP-21 transportation funding authorization by Congress, Virginia had told the federal government that they would complete their section of Corridor H by 2030. However, since that point there has been no movement within Virginia towards completion of this route.
|US 48/VA 55 BGS (Exit 296) on I-81 North (Oscar Voss)|
|US 48 West and VA 55 Shields (Oscar Voss)|
|US 48/VA 55 BGS (Exit 296) on I-81 South (Oscar Voss)|
|US 48/VA 55 Shields (Seth Dunn)|
- Continue West on US 48/Corridor H into West Virginia
- US 48 @ Virginia Highway Project - Adam Froehlig & Mike Roberson
- Seth Dunn
- Oscar Voss
- (1) Murdock, T. Micheal. "Gov. Underwood Dedicates New Section Of Corridor H." Huntingtonnews.net. Jan. 6, 2001