Plans Moving Forward for Moundsville-to-Morgantown Highway

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It’s been on the table for nearly 20 years, but now a much-talked about project could see new traction due to the oil and gas industry presence in the area.

On Monday night, county commissioners, mayors, and house of delegate members from across the northern panhandle met at the Moundsville Country Club to discuss a major expansion involving Route 2 and Interstate 68.

The goal of the meeting was to show the need for the expansion of Route 2 along the Ohio River to four lanes, as well as expanding Interstate 68 from Morgantown to Cameron, then to Moundsville.

There was also talk on how to alleviate problems for existing gas companies in the region. “There’s an awful lot of money coming in to this area just to drill. Our goal is to find out how to take advantage of that and to use those resources in manufacturing. We want to perpetuate that wealth, instead of just extracting that gas and putting a valve on it,” added West Virginia Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette.

Marshall County Commissioner Bob Miller continued, “Most of the population of Marshall County lives on the river. We’ve got more land are than Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock combined. If we could punch over to that section of the county, it would open up so much land and so many resources for the oil and gas industries.”

Rough estimates from Monday’s meeting suggested it could take up to $5 million per mile for the I-68 expansion.

More meetings are planned in the coming months.



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