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I-64

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Interstate 64 (I-64) crosses West Virginia from east to west -- from a point near White Sulphur Springs, in the southeast, to Kenova, near Huntington, WV, in the west. It shares part of its route between Charleston and Beckley, with Interstate 77 (I-77). Four of West Virginia's largest cities lie along the I-64 corridor -- Beckley, Huntington, Charleston, and South Charleston, WV.</br>

The expressway was completed in 1989 when its final leg was opened between Beckley and White Sulphur Springs. Its completion resulted in significant economic change in the region, particularly in southeastern West Virginia. Formerly isolated by rugged terrain, which rendered travel difficult and time consuming, the southeastern region of West Virginia was opened to increased interstate traffic. Beckley became an important interstate connector point. Smaller communities on I-64, notably Lewisburg, WV, and White Sulphur Springs, WV, have benefitted economically from increased tourism.