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The United States Highway Thirty-Three

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United States Highway 33 is a north-south United States highway that runs northwest-southeast for 709 miles (1,141 km) from northern Indiana to Richmond, Virginia. It continues east in Virginia as Virginia State Highway 33 to Stingray Point, on the Chesapeake Bay near Deltaville, Virginia.

Picture of Highway 33 Road Sign

Enters state: From Ohio, Mason County, at Mason.

Leaves state: Into Virginia, Pendleton County, east of Franklin.

Counties: Mason, Jackson, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Barbour, Randolph, Pendleton.

Major Cities & Towns: Ripley, Spencer, Glenville, Weston, Buckhannon, Elkins, Franklin.

Comments: Although odd-numbered US routes are supposed to be north-south highways and US 33 does nominally run from south (Richmond, Va.) to north (Indiana) it is signed as an east-west route. After entering the state, it parallels the Ohio River, including a brief stretch where it shares an alignment with WV 2, before it turns away from the river. It cuts through hilly terrain in the central part of the state, passing through small towns and rural areas and carrying US 119 for much of the way. At Weston, the route picks up the ARC Corridor H designation at the I-79 interchange and is a four-lane road to Elkins, where the Corridor H alignment departs the highway. East of Elkins, the route climbs the mountains in one of the most scenic parts of the state, passing near Spruce Knob (the state's highest point) and the oft-photographed Seneca Rocks. US 33 passes through the Monongahela and George Washington national forests before crossing into Virginia at the crest of Shenandoah Mountain. The mountain crossings are crooked and slow, although most of them have truck climbing lanes to allow faster passenger vehicles to pass the many slow trucks which use the route.