A half century in the making, a 123-mile, four-lane highway is taking shape through a national forest and the rugged Appalachians. Corridor H, also known as U.S. Route 48, will, when complete, connect rural and largely isolated areas to key markets, including Washington D.C.
The 15.3-mile, $1-billion section currently under construction, linking the unincorporated West Virginia community of Kerens and the city of Parsons, is the largest-ever design-build project for the West Virginia Dept. of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH).
The corridor, cited by Gov. Jim Justice (R) as the top construction priority for the state, is a product of the 1965 Appalachian Regional Development Act. When completed, Corridor H will be the only limited-access highway through West Virginia’s Appalachian Highlands region to Interstate 81 in Virginia.