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 .. WV Delegate Mark Zatezalo
         • Hancock .. Tommy Ogden
         • Brooke .. W. Duane Heck  ..  Secretary
         • Brook .. vacant  

    •        • Ohio .. Matthew G. Chapman
    • • Ohio .. Josh Jefferson
               • Marshall .. Fred Brunner  ..  Chairman
                  • Marshall .. Bob Miller Jr ..  Executive Director
               • Wetzel .. Dave Pethtel .. (former WV Delegate)
               • Wetzel .. WV Senator Charles Clements
                        • Tyler .. Eric Peters  ..  Treasurer
               • Tyler .. WV Delegate David Kelly
               • Pleasants .. Carl Mace  ..  Vice Chairman
               • Pleasants .. WV Delegate Trenton Barnhart
               • Wood .. vacant
               • Wood .. vacant
               • Monongalia .. Dr. John Deskins Ph.D. (pending)
               • Monongalia .. WV Delegate Joe Statler
               • Marion .. David Kennedy
               • Marion .. Guy Ward .. (former WV Delegate)

The next WV Route 2 /  I-68 Authority meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 15, 2024, at Quinet’s Court Restaurant, New Martinsville, WV.. and offered virtually via Zoom.

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