Planning for future highway transportation needs came to the forefront in Glen Dale, as the Route 2 /I-68 Authority gathered for a quarterly meeting on Monday at John Marshall High School.
Highway planners had what they described as "very preliminary plans" for improving West Virginia State Route 2 through Marshall County near the PPG and Bayer plant sites. While the shale gas boom has brought more traffic to West Virginia's main north-south highway in the northern panhandle, no new construction action seems likely.
"If you drive up and down the highway and you look at the traffic and type of traffic - the trucks, the caravans of pipelines and stuff like that - it accelerates the need, but I don't think that it has primarily accelerated the planning to make things happen," Don Shenefiel, Chairman of the Route 2/I-68 Authority said. He went on to say any funding sources for further construction on the two planned highways did not exist at present.
The authority will meet again in April in New Martinsville for its next scheduled quarterly meeting.