Constructing a Modern Highway
The West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Route 2 and I-68 Authority in 1997. The Authority is comprised of two representatives from each of the following counties: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Monongalia and Marion.
The Authority has two mandates: to focus on widening WV Route 2 from Parkersburg to Chester to a four-lane highway, and to extend I-68 from North Central West Virginia westward to the Ohio Valley.
The objective of the Authority is to promote and advance the construction of a modern highway through the above counties for the purpose of planning and assisting in establishing economic and community development along the specified areas.
The next Route 2 and I-68 Authority meeting will be Tuesday, December 12th at the Wetzel County Hospital at 6:00 p.m. The Authority will have the WV DOT District 6 Engineer, Gus Suwaid, present to talk about the impact of the Road Bond on Route 2.
Authority Board Members:
Don Shenefiel, Chairman – Wetzel County
David Yoder, Vice Chairman – Monongalia County
W. Duane Heck, Secretary – Brooke County
Eric Peters, Treasurer – Tyler County
Jim Stock – Brooke County
Marvin Six – Hancock County
Linda McNeil – Hancock County
Phil Mason – Marion County
Fred Brunner – Marshall County
Josh Jefferson – Ohio County
Don Morris – Pleasants County
Carl Mace – Pleasants County
John Hopkins – Tyler County
Andy Hartleben – Wood County
Mike Hall – Wood County
Dianna Lawrence, Non-Voting Member
Elwood Penn, IV, Non-Voting Member
Executive Director – Charles Clements, Wetzel County