West Virginia Route 2 is a state highway that generally parallels the Ohio River along the western border of the state from Parkersburg to Chester.
WV Route 2 is primarily a two-lane highway with brief four-lane sections in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Pleasants, and Wood Counties. These brief sections are short improvements to the roadway in accordance with efforts to widen WV 2 from two lanes to a four-lane highway. The longest four-lane section along WV-2 is a 24-mile stretch from I-70 south into Marshall County.
For many years, community leaders from throughout the upper Ohio Valley have pushed hard for completion of a long-range plan to upgrade the entire length of WV 2 from Hancock County to Wood County. Within the six-year plan produced by the West Virginia Department of Transportation was a four-lane upgrade for WV 2 between McKeefrey and Parkersburg.
The development of the natural gas industry along WV Route 2 has led to a tremendous increase of traffic. Heavy trucks and oversized loads associated with the industry are a common sight along the highway. WV-2 was not constructed to accommodate this type and volume of traffic. Safety and traffic volumes indicate a need for upgrading this highway from a two-lane roadway to a four- lane highway.
On June 23, 2000, work began on a project that widened WV 2 from two to four lanes from Weirton at U.S. 22 (Robert C. Byrd Expressway) south to CR 8 near Follansbee. The project length was just 0.9 miles. Work was supposed to be completed by June 31, 2001, however, construction wrapped up on October 31 at a cost of $21,444,875.
There are plans to widen WV 2 from two to four lanes from U.S. 22 north to Chester at a cost of $463,900,000. This construction would include a bypass of New Cumberland and would correct rock fall hazards along the entire path.
Likewise, a project to widen WV 2 from two to four lanes from Follansbee south to Wheeling is projected to cost $489,500,000. This would connect to an incomplete interchange at Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 250 and include a northern bypass of Wheeling.
A public meeting was announced by the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) for July 12, 2017 to discuss the New Cumberland Route 2 Project. This project would correct existing traffic problems on Route 2 within the central business district of New Cumberland. View the meeting announcement.