WV 73
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From: Hedgeview (Logan County)
To: Logan (Logan County)
Total Length: 3.2 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 119: 0 - 0
WV 44: 2.2 - 2.2
WV 10: 0.6 - 2.8

Creation: WV 73 was designated about 1996 as newly constructed routing from US 119 to WV 44 as well as a renumbering of part of US 119, running the way it does now. This is the 2nd WV 73.
Adjustments: None
Improvements: Paved and multilaned from inception.
Comment: WV 73 provides expressway-type access from the modern US 119 Corridor G into Logan.
2004 Logan County
WV 73 into Logan
2004 Logan County

Previous WV 73's:

1976 ROUTE LOG
US 50: 0 - 0
I-79: 4.0 - 4.0
Harrison-Taylor Line: 2.7 - 6.7
Taylor-Marion Line: 1.8 - 8.5
US 250 SB: 3.3 - 11.8
I-79: 0.3 - 12.1
US 19 SPUR: 3.4 - 15.5
US 19, US 250 NB: 1.3 - 16.8
WV 310: 1.5 - 18.3
Monogalia-Marion Line: 5.9 - 24.2
US 119 SB: 9.5 - 33.7
US 19, WV 7 WB, WV 92 NB: 2.1 - 35.8
WV 7 EB, WV 92 SB: 0.2 - 36.0
US 119 NB: 3.2 - 39.2
Preston-Monongalia Line: 9.4 - 48.6
WV 26: 8.4 - 57.0
WV 73 #1: Appeared 1925 as new primary routing running from WV 6 (now US 250) Fairmont to WV 4-7 (now US 19-119/WV 7) Morgantown.
Between 1934-37, WV 73 was removed from Cleveland Ave east of Fairmont St and instead began using Cleveland Ave west of Fairmont to Jackson to Jefferson to cross the river.
Also between 1934-37, WV 73 was removed from CR 73/7 southwest of Morgantown (today this is a bit of Jamestown Dr, a little Andrew Dr and abandoned routing north to current CR 73/7 Round Bottom Dr back to CR 73.
About 1936, WV 73 was extended east through Morgantown with US 119 then replaced Monogalia CRs 69 and 69/7 and Preston CR 1 to end at WV 26 Bruceton Mills.
Also about 1936, WV 73 was extended south with US 250 from Fairmont, then replaced Marion CR 29; Taylor CRs 1/1 and 1; Harrison CR 15 to US 50 Bridgeport. The 1936 Official shows WV 73 following US 50 in the Clarksburg inset to end at WV 20. It is unknown how long this was like that - Harrison County maps don't show it.

1925 Official
WV 73 appears from Fairmont to Morgantown
1925 Official
1939 Rand McN
WV 73 expanded in both directions
1939 Rand McN

Between 1938-49, WV 73 was removed from Morgantown Ave between Park Ave east to Meadowdale Rd
Between 1947-49, WV 73 was rerouted in central Fairmont to use Fairmont-Adams-Jefferson.
It appears that in the early 1950s, WV 73 was given one-way alignments in downtown Morgantown: EB used the original alignment of Pleasant-Spruce-Willey, while WB used Willey-High-Walnut-University.
Between 1950-55, WV 73 was removed from CR 73/21 (now CR 27/6) Hoglick Branch Rd at Eldora; CR 250/60 Three Ways Rd below Fairmont; moved onto East Park Ave in eastern Fairmont. The original routing was Diamond-Market-Haymon-Morgantown.
In 1956, WV 73 was removed from CR 73/14 Smithtown School Rd in Smithtown
About 1957, WV 73 was removed from the lengthy CR 73/6 Mt Harmony Rd and CR 73/9 Page Dr. northeast of Fairmont.
Between 1950-60, WV 73 was placed on one-way alignments in downtown Fairmont. NB used the current Fairmont-Adams-Jefferson alignment while SB used the previous Fairmont-Cleveland-Jackson-Jefferson alignment.

1926 Topo
WV 73 original Fairmont route
1926 Topo
1946 Marion County
WV 73 rerouted in Fairmont
1946 Marion County
1949 Marion County
WV 73 rerouted in Fairmont again
1949 Marion County
1976 Official
WV 73 on one-way splits
1976 Official

In the early 1970s, WV 73 was rerouted onto straighter alignments in 3 places where it crossed I-79.
In 1977, WV 73 was completely decommissioned with the parts not remaining from primary overlays becoming: CR 73/73 (some of this is now WV 131) from Bridgeport to US 250; WV 310 (Jefferson is now CR 19/73) within Fairmont; CR 73 from WV 310 to US 119; it is unclear if WV 73 was moved onto CR 857 from US 119 across then-US 48 (now I-68) before it was decommissioned or if it always used CR 73/12 Old Cheat Rd; it is also unlear if CR 857 was a direct renumbering of WV 73 across Cheat Lake; CR 69/19 and CR 19/6 along Cranberry Square and now-private Coopers Rock Incline; 1.1 miles of US 48 (now I-68); CR 73/73 from CR 69/5 to WV 26.
WV 73's decommssioning makes a lot of sense as it closely paralleled I-79 and today's I-68 very closely.

1976 Official
WV 73 last hurrah, hugging freeways throughout
1976 Official
1977 Official
WV 73 decommissioned
1977 Official


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