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60 Moments: Interstate 64 Construction

It can cause some of the worst traffic headaches in our region, but Interstate 64 is the life line from some of our region's largest cities.

West Virginia broke ground on its first section of Interstate 64 in 1957.

That short 5 mile stretch in Cabell County has since expanded to 184 miles passing through the state's major cities including Huntington, Charleston, Beckley, and Lewisburg.

Extending I-64 to Charleston didn't come without some controversy.

It wasn't until 1971 the plans were finalized to connect I-64 and 77 in Charleston.

At the time: no one could agree on the route of the highway.

Nearly 200 miles of Interstate 64 also runs through Kentucky. That highway connected to West Virginia in 1965.

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