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Corridor Q


Dec 16, 2021

Corridor Q is a highway in the U.S. states of Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is part of the Appalachian Development Highway System and U.S. Route 460. Corridor Q runs from Corridor B (US 23/US 119) near Pikeville, Kentucky easterly to Interstate 81 in Christiansburg, Virginia.[1]

Corridor Q

Major junctions
West end US 23 / US 119 (Corr. B) near Pikeville, KY
  US 19 near Richlands, VA
US 52 in Bluefield, WV
I-77 near Princeton, WV
East end I-81 in Christiansburg, VA
Highway system

Corridor Q does not meet any ADHS Corridors other than B, but it meets the planned Coalfields Expressway (U.S. Route 121) near Grundy, Virginia, the King Coal Highway (U.S. Route 52) in Bluefield, West Virginia, and Interstate 77 just to the east near Princeton. At its west end, traffic can continue northwesterly along Corridor B, Corridor R, Corridor I, and Interstate 64 to reach Lexington, Kentucky. The part of Corridor Q east of Bluefield is part of the I-73/74 North-South Corridor.

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Corridor Q’s western terminus at Corridor B/US 23/US 119 in 2006. An interchange has since been completed at this location.
Corridor Q in Dickenson County, Virginia

Corridor Q in Kentucky exists between Corridor B/US 23/US 119 at Yeager to the VA 80 near Breaks, Virginia. The corridor is expected to continue southeastward to the Coalfields Expressway approximately five-miles from the Kentucky state line.[2] The new four-lane relocation of US 460 will include interchanges at US 23, Greasy Creek Road, KY 195 and at KY 80.[2] An eight-mile segment of the new US 460 realignment opened from US 23 to Wolfpit Branch Road on December 18, 2014.[3]

  • Section 1: US 460 departs from US 23 at Yeager and heads southeast towards Stagger Fork. An at-grade intersection was constructed at US 23, however it was grade-separated in 2008.[4] This section is complete.
  • Section 2: US 460 will extend eastward from Stagger Fork to Greasy Creek Road. A diamond interchange is planned for the eastern terminus of this section. This section is complete.
  • Section 3: The highway will extend further east from the Greasy Creek Road interchange to Snake Branch. This section is complete.[4]
  • Section 4
    • Section 4A: The relocation continues from Snake Branch to Wolpit Branch. This section is complete.[4]
    • Section 4B: US 460 continues from Wolfpit Branch to KY 195. This section is complete.[4]
  • Section 5: The highway will continue eastward from the KY 195 interchange to Laurel Branch. The KY 195 interchange will be constructed during this phase. Construction began in 2009.[4]
  • Section 6
    • Section 6A: This section extends from Laurel Branch to Pond Creek. Construction began in 2010.[4]
    • Pond Creek Bridge – Construction will begin in 2015.
    • Section 6B: The route is extended east to Russell Fork. Construction began on this segment in 2011.[4]
    • Section 6C: This involves the construction of a bridge spanning Russell Fork and KY 80. Construction will begin on this segment in 2016.[4]
  • Section 7
    • Section 7JMB: This involved the construction of a bridge over Russell Fork just west of Elkhorn City for John Moore Branch Road. Construction on this segment is complete.[4]
    • Section 7A: This section of US 460 extends from KY 80 to 3,000 feet (910 m) east of Beaver Creek. It includes an interchange with KY 80. Construction on this segment began in 2006.[4]
    • 7A-2 Construction to begin in 2016.
    • Section 7B: This extends from 3,000 feet (910 m) east of Beaver Creek to KY 1373. Construction on this segment began in 2006 and has been completed.[4]
  • Section 8: US 460 will extend east from KY 1373 to the Virginia state line. Construction began on this segment in 2013.[4]
  • Section 9V: This section, constructed by the Virginia Department of Transportation, will include the connection to VA 80. Construction began on this segment in 2010.[4]

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