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West Virginia Turnpike

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The West Virginia Turnpike is a tolled expressway that extends across southern West Virginia from its border with Virginia near Bluefield, WV, to the state's capital city at Charleston, WV.

Completed in 1958, the turnpike opened one of the most rugged parts of West Virginia to interstate commerce and greatly decreased drive time between three of its largest cities -- Bluefield, Charleston, and Beckley, WV. Today both I-77 and part of I-64 follow the turnpike across the mountains.

Other municipalities adjacent to the turnpike, from north to south, include Princeton, Mabscott,Pax, Marmet, and Kanawha City. Several other small rural communities are located along the route, including Ghent, WV, home of Winterplace Ski Resort. Parts of the turnpike between Beckley and the Kanawha Valley near Charleston follow the winding valleys of the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek through the Cumberland Mountains region of the state.