US 35 in West Virginia


US 35
Get started Scott Depot
End Point Pleasant
Length 36 mi
Length 58 km
Scott DepotPoint Pleasant


US 35 is a US Highway in the US state of West Virginia. The road forms a short north-south route in the western part of the state, from Scott Depot to the Ohio border at Point Pleasant. US 35 is 58 kilometers long in West Virginia.

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Travel directions

The 2×2 US 35.

US 35 begins at Scott Depot on Interstate 64 and runs northwest along the Kanawha River, running its entire length as a 2×2 divided highway, with highway features at Point Pleasant. The Silver Memorial Bridge crosses the Ohio River and the Ohio border, after which US 35 continues in Ohio towards Jackson.


US 35 was added to the network in 1934, starting in Charleston at the time. In 1970 this was shortened to US 60 in St. Albans and since 2008 to I-64 at Scott Depot. On December 15, 1969, the Silver Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River opened to traffic.

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Upgrade to 2×2 divided highway

US 35 is part of an upgrade route between Charleston and Dayton, Ohio. To this end, US 35 is being constructed over a completely new route with 2×2 lanes. Since West Virginia has little money for road projects, this is a slow process. As early as 2002 or 2003, construction began on a new route north of I-64, followed by major works as far as Fraziers Bottom. This 19-kilometer-long route was probably opened in 2009. The seven-mile section between Beech Hill and Henderson, near the Ohio River, opened around 2010-2011. In 2015, a contract was awarded to build 15 miles of US 35 on a new route from Fraziers Bottom to the older 2×2 lanes near Beech Hill, which opened on November 11, 2021.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 14,000 vehicles use the portion near I-64, which gradually drops to 10,000 vehicles at Point Pleasant. 15,000 vehicles use the bridge over the Ohio River every day.

Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Wheeling Suspension Bridge
Spans Ohio River
Lanes 1×2
Total length 398 meters
Main span 289 meters
Bridge deck height ? meter
Opening 1849
Traffic intensity 5,300 mvt/day
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The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge in the United States, located in the state of West Virginia. The bridge spans the Ohio River at Wheeling. It is the oldest surviving suspension bridge in the country.


The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge with a total length of 398 meters and a main span of 289 meters. The bridge has two huge stone pylons. The western pylon on Wheeling Island is 40.4 meters high, the eastern pylon is 46.8 meters high. The bridge deck is 6 meters wide, with one lane in each direction. The Wheeling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River, but is not located on the Ohio state border, as the bridge connects the mainland to Wheeling Island. The state line runs through an alternate channel of the Ohio River between Wheeling Island and mainland Ohio. The bridge is for local traffic only in Wheeling, slightly to the north is the Fort Henry Bridge off Interstate 70. The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is toll-free. The weight limit is 1.8 tons.


The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was the first bridge over the Ohio River. As early as 1816 there were concrete plans for a bridge to become part of the Cumberland Pike. Construction finally took place between 1847 and 1849.

The bridge deck was destroyed by a storm in 1854, replaced by a temporary bridge that same year and then permanently rebuilt in 1860. Improvements were made in 1874. In the 20th century it was not clear which parts originated from which time. A 1953 report indicated that the tethers were either original or dated 1860. At that time, a truss construction was also installed in the bridge deck to reinforce the bridge deck.

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was the only bridge over the Ohio River at Wheeling until the Fort Henry Bridge of Interstate 70 was opened in 1955, just north of the suspension bridge. In 1956 the bridge deck was completely replaced and the carriageway was widened from 5 to 6 meters. The footpaths were then narrowed. The bridge was renovated in the 1980s. Relatively few parts remain of the original bridge from 1849, most prominently the stone pylons.

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge is the oldest vehicular bridge in use in the United States. It was the longest bridge in the world for 2 years, until the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge opened in Niagara Falls in 1851.

Traffic intensities

In 2011, 5,300 vehicles crossed the bridge every day.

US 35 in West Virginia