Constructing Modern Highways

The West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Route 2 / I-68 Authority, a non-profit, organized for the purposes set forth in West Virginia Legislative House Bill 2539, dated April 12, 1997.

The Authority has two mandates as its “mission statement”:

(1) Advocate the widening of WV Route 2 to four lanes from Parkersburg, WV to Chester, WV.
(2) Advocate extending the I-68 ENERGY CORRIDOR from I-79 near Morgantown, WV in North Central West Virginia, westward to WV Route 2 along the Ohio River Valley.

The objective of the Authority is to promote, plan, and assist advancing the construction of the expansions of WV Route 2 and the I-68 ENERGY CORRIDOR, for the purpose of encouraging new economic and community development.

The Authority Board of Directors is comprised of two representatives from each of the following West Virginia counties being Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Monongalia, and Marion:

         • Hancock .. Inactive
         • Hancock .. Inactive
         • Brook .. Duane Heck  ..  Secretary
         • Brook .. Jim Stock
         • Ohio .. Josh Jefferson

         • Ohio .. Matthew G. Chapman
         • Marshall .. Fred Brunner  ..  Chairman
            • Marshall .. Bob Miller  ..  Executive Director
         • Wetzel .. Don Shenefiel
         • Wetzel .. WV Senator Charles Clements
         • Wetzel .. Diana Lawrence  ..  Recording Secretary.. non-voting member
         • Tyler .. Eric Peters  ..  Treasurer
         • Tyler .. John Hoppy Hopkins
         • Pleasants .. Carl Mace  ..  Vice Chairman
         • Pleasants .. Don Morris
         • Wood .. Inactive
         • Wood .. Inactive
         • Monongalia .. Ednilson Bernardes, Ph.D.
         • Monongalia .. Joe Statler
         • Marion .. Phil Mason, Ph.D.
         • Marion.. 2nd Board Member Pending

The next WV Route 2 /  I-68 Authority meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, , January 25, 2021, at the WVU Medicine Wetzel County Hospital, 3 East Benjamin Drive, New Martinsville, WV,  26155, unless COVID-19 meeting restrictions are still in force, in which case it will be a virtual video/teleconference meeting.

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