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US 223: Explicitly requested by Kentucky in August 1930 to run from Pikeville to Williamson WV.
AASHO was confused about whether there was a Tug River crossing that wasn't a privately owned toll crossing, which would violate the policy established in 1929 regarding tolls. Kentucky insisted there was a free bridge option.
In June 1931, West Virginia responded they were also interested in this Pikeville to Williamson route, now that US 52 had been approved to extend from Huntngton through Williamson to Bluefield.
In July 1931 AASHO asked West Virginia to consider extending this new route, because it was so short, northeast through Logan, Charleston, Spencer, Weston, Phillipi to Grafton.
On August 11, 1931, AASHO asked Kentucky to wait while AASHO tried to incorporate a longer corridor that would extend this new route to at least Charleston WV.
Also on August 11, 1931, AASHO told West Virginia that the potential route from Pikeville to Williamson and beyond would be an extension of US 123 which ended in Jenkins. This made sense for two reasons: It makes a longer overall corridor should the route have ended in Williamson and second, US 223 had been assigned to its current route in Michigan by this point.
When they finally got this corridor into the US route system in 1934, it was as US 119.
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