U.S. Route 119
U.S. Route 119 (US 119) is a spur of US 19. It is a north–south route (although it physically follows more of a northeast-southwest alignment) that was an original United States highway of 1926. It is often referred to as Corridor G east of US 23 and KY 80 in Kentucky to Interstate 64 at Charleston, West Virginia.
|Auxiliary route of US 19|
|Length||585 mi (941 km)|
|South end||US 25E in Pineville, KY|
| US 23 / US 460 / KY 80 in Pikeville, KY|
I‑64 / I‑77 in Charleston, WV
|North end||US 219 in Sandy Township, PA|
|States||Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania|
From Pineville to US 23 (Country Music Highway) at Jenkins, it is part of Corridor F. During its concurrency from Jenkins north to Pikeville, where it departs eastward towards West Virginia, it is part of Corridor B. From US 23/KY 80 at Pikeville eastward towards the state line, it is part of Corridor G.
U.S. Route 119 enters West Virginia from Kentucky via Corridor G, a four-lane limited-access highway stretching from Williamson to Charleston. The earliest segment of Corridor G to open was in 1972 and was finished in 1997. Formerly, US 119 was a typical two-lane mountain highway. Old US 119 now comprises all or parts of US 52, WV 44, WV 10, WV 17, WV 85, WV 3, WV 94 and WV 61.
The US route becomes a mostly two-lane highway north of Charleston, having functionally been replaced by Interstate 79. Compared to its replacement, US 119 takes a rather winding course. A trip from the Charleston area to the Morgantown area (I-79/US 119 Exit #1 to I-68 Exit #1) is 147 miles (237 km) via I-79 and 182 miles (293 km) via US 119. The travel time is about double taking US 119, over 4 hours instead of about 2 hours.
From Charleston, US 119 heads roughly east along the Elk River to Clendenin, where it turns north for 29 miles (47 km) to Spencer. At Spencer, it begins to head east with US 33 for 81.4 miles (131.0 km). Along the way, it passes through Glenville and Weston, where it intersects parent route US 19 and replacement I-79. From I-79 to WV 20 at Buckhannon, US 33/US 119 follow Corridor H.
At Buckhannon, US 119 again turns north — first with WV 20 then by itself as it travels to Philippi. At Philippi it joins with US 250 for 12 miles (19 km). From there, US 119 heads on its own through Grafton and towards Morgantown.
Just south of Morgantown, US 119 intersects Interstate 68's Exit #1, immediately east of its end at I-79. US 119 then enters downtown Morgantown, again meeting with US 19. It leaves town via the narrow and winding North Willey Street and congested Mileground.
Just after the Mileground, US 119 intersects with the Monongalia County Route 857 connector to I-68 Exit #7, which effectively allows through traffic to bypass Morgantown. US 119 finally turns north to enter Pennsylvania near Point Marion. The Hamilton Farm Petroglyphs are along this section. Much of this last stretch of US 119 heading towards Uniontown, Pennsylvania is already bypassed by traffic using I-68, CR 857, and PA 857. While this alternate route is longer, it has a better alignment and is faster to travel.
US 119 travels through Connellsville, Greensburg, and Punxsutawney, and bypasses Uniontown and Indiana. There are numerous other boroughs and villages along its 133-mile (214 km) route in the Keystone State.
Hwy 119 in Kentucky was originally a series of two-lane roads paralleling Pine Mountain that connected Pineville to Baxter (just north of Harlan) and then headed northeast through Cumberland, Whitesburg, and Pikeville en route to West Virginia.
Starting in the 1970s, there were a number of projects that widened or replaced sections of the road. In most places, the original route has been largely abandoned, instead cutting through the mountain to provide a much wider and straighter route. Small segments of the original route are still in existence as access roads to communities that predate the expansion. In Loyall the original route is known as Hwy 413, and this parallels Hwy 119 heading northeast until it reaches the community of Rosspoint. During this stretch in Baxter, Hwy 119 also briefly combines with U.S. Route 421, which then splits off and heads north across Pine Mountain. In Rosspoint, the original route of Hwy 119 is designated as Hwy 522. Hwy 522 parallels Hwy 119 all the way to Cumberland, where the final stretch of original highway is called Kingdom Come Dr. before merging with Hwy 119 just south of the Harlan County/Letcher County border.
From this point until the base of Pine Mountain (unofficially called Whitesburg Mountain), the highway is largely unchanged from its original route. On the mountain, Hwy 119 has recently been widened in a number of places in order to make it safer for trucking traffic.
In 2007, a 6-mile stretch of Hwy 119 northeast of Pikeville, was expanded and improved by cutting through the mountain, once again abandoning the original route which is now known as the Zebulon Hwy. and Bent Branch Rd. Past this point, Hwy 119 follows its original route until exiting Kentucky at South Williamson.
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The original routing southeast of the capital was WV 61 to Marmet, where it took WV 94 southwest to Racine. From Racine to Danville, it followed today's WV 3 and onward to Madison. From Madison south to Logan, it followed today's WV 17.
|Length||106.5 mi (171.4 km)|
|Existed||1965 (Completed 2008)–present|
|South end||US 23 / US 460 / KY 80 / Corr. B near Pikeville, KY|
| US 52 in Williamson, WV|
WV 10 in Chapmanville, WV
|North end||I‑64 in Charleston, WV|
Corridor G is a highway in Kentucky and West Virginia. It is part of the Appalachian Development Highway System, encompassing US 119 for its length. At the southern terminus of Corridor G at Corridor B (US 23/US 460/KY 80) near Pikeville, Kentucky, traffic can continue along Corridor B towards Pikeville and Jenkins, where one can pick up Corridor F (US 119) or proceed south on Corridor B (US 23) into Virginia. At the northern terminus at Interstate 64 in Charleston, West Virginia, one can pick up Interstate 77 and Interstate 79, along with the West Virginia Turnpike.
In 1974, the first segment of Corridor G was completed from KY 292 (2nd St.) at South Williamson south to KY 199 at Huddy. This was a four-lane divided highway that contained mountable medians and jersey barriers, with a mix of state route and driveway access. This is especially evident as US 119 cuts through the center of Belfry and South Williamson. Several years later, a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) segment of four-lane US 119 along Buckley Creek opened from Corridor B/US 23/US 460/KY 80 north of Pikeville to what is now KY 1426 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northeast of Pikeville.
In 1997, a section of US 119 was relocated on new alignment from KY 3154 (Meathouse Fork Rd.) at Canada east to KY 199 at Huddy. Two years later, a section of US 119 was relocated on new alignment from 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of Meta to KY 3154 at Canada. This involved extensive highwall construction at Bent Mountain and Canada Knob.
The final segment of Corridor G in Kentucky to be completed was from the KY 1426 intersection north of Pikeville east to Scott Fork 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of Meta. This segment required the construction of three twin steel-box girder bridges at Johns Creek (KY 194) near Bevins Branch, Winn Branch (Winn Branch Road), and Raccoon Creek (KY 1441). This also includes a modified diamond interchange at what will be old US 119 1/2-mile east of KY 1426 at Zebulon.
On June 30, 2006, the "Pinson Family Bridge" was dedicated. It crosses Raccoon Creek and KY 1441. This twin steel-box girder bridge is more than 1,200 ft (370 m) long and is the only example of its kind in Kentucky. The girders were chosen because of the curvature within the bridge structure; each girder is completely hollow and is features a 10 ft (3.0 m). clearance on the interior.
On December 6, 2006, a segment of Corridor G opened from the KY 1426 intersection north of Pikeville east to the KY 194 (Johns Creek) interchange. The last segment to open is from KY 194 north to Scott Fork. That segment was opened in March 2008.
The first segments of Corridor G to open was in 1972. During that year, a Mingo County segment from Myrtle and Belo (MP 13) to the Logan County line near Holden opened. Segments of this were opened originally as a "super-two" since WV 65 was being destroyed; it was critical that the old roadway be removed before the highway was expanded to four-lanes.
In 1973, a lengthy segment opened to traffic from Godby Heights south of Chapmanville (MP 13) to MP 4 in Boone County. This was followed a year later by a segment near Madison from MP 9.37 to MP 13 in Boone County. In 1975, the segment from MP 4 to MP 9.37 in Boone County was opened to traffic. At this time, the connection to Interstate 64 in Charleston also opened to traffic from Oakwood Road. This included the flyover ramp from US 119 to the Interstate 64 interchange.
The next segment to open would come in 1982, when a Boone, Lincoln, and Kanawha County segment opened to traffic from Julian (MP 17) to the WV 601 interchange in South Charleston (MP 11). The segment between the WV 601 interchange to Oakwood Road in Charleston would be completed in 1986; it formerly utilized Oakhurst and Oakwood Roads.
In 1989, a segment from MP 13 to Julian (MP 17) in Boone County opened. In 1992, a new Tug Fork crossing at Williamson was completed. Formerly, Corridor G traffic from Kentucky had to cross into downtown Williamson and pick up US 119 into West Virginia.
|Kentucky||Pike||Pikeville||US 23 / US 119 south / US 460 / KY 80 – Pikeville, Prestonsburg|
|||KY 1426 west||south end of KY 1426 overlap|
|||KY 1426 east – Zebulon, Burning Fork||interchange; north end of KY 1426 overlap|
|||To KY 194 – Bent Branch, Phelps||interchange|
|||KY 1426 – Meta||interchange|
|||KY 881 north – Varney, Heenon|
|||KY 3220 – Sidney, Canada||interchange|
|||KY 3220 – Canada, Sidney||interchange|
|Huddy||KY 199 south – Stone, McAndrews|
|||KY 319 east – Hardy, Toler|
|||KY 308 west|
|||KY 292 south||south end of KY 292 overlap|
|||2nd Avenue (KY 1506 north)|
|South Williamson||KY 292 north – Warfield, KY, Williamson, WV, Coal House||north end of KY 292 overlap; south end of US 52 Truck overlap (northbound only)|
|West Virginia||Mingo||Williamson||US 52 south – Williamson, Welch, West Williamson||north end of US 52 Truck overlap (northbound only); south end of US 52 overlap|
|Kentucky||Pike||||To KY 292|
|West Virginia||Mingo||||CR 14 – Chattaroy|
|West Virginia||Mingo||Nolan||CR 52/19 (Nolan Street)||to Nolan Toll Bridge|
|||US 52 north – Huntington||north end of US 52 overlap|
|||WV 65 north – Naugatuck||south end of WV 65 overlap|
|Belo||WV 65 south – Delbarton, Matewan||north end of WV 65 overlap|
|Logan||Holden||CR 18 (Holden Road)||former US 119 north|
|Holden||Copperas Fork Road - Holden||interchange|
|||Whitman Junction (CR 219/1)|
|||WV 73 to WV 10 – Logan||interchange|
|Chapmanville||WV 10 – Chapmanville||interchange|
|Boone||Danville||CR 85/8 (Riverside Drive) – Danville, Madison|
|||WV 85 south / Mountaineer Drive – Danville, Madison|
|Rock Creek||WV 3 east / CR 119/65 (Skeens Drive) – Racine||south end of WV 3 overlap|
|Julian||WV 3 west – Julian, Hamlin||north end of WV 3 overlap|
|Lincoln||Priestley||To WV 214 (Yeager Highway via CR 119/1) / CR 119/6 (Starlight Road) – Yawkey, Hamlin, Alum Creek|
|Kanawha||||CR 214/10 (Childress Road) / Eagle Drive – Alum Creek||to WV 214|
|Ruth||CR 13/14 (Willow Drive) / CR 11/2 (Ruth Road) (via WV 214)|
|Charleston||CR 214/8 (Green Road) / Terry Road (via WV 214)|
|WV 601 (WV 214) / Davis Creek Road (CR 20) – South Charleston||interchange|
|CR 13/10 (Oakwood Road) – Kanawha State Forest|
|To WV 61 (MacCorkle Avenue)||interchange|
|I‑64 / US 119 north to I‑77 / I‑79 – Huntington, Charleston, Beckley||I-64 exit 58A|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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