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Commission Hears Updates On Route 2

June 20, 2012
BY LAUREN RIGGS - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Charles H. Clements, executive director of the West Virginia Route 2 & Interstate 68 Authority, presented a report to the Wetzel County Commission Tuesday morning.

The report listed several improvements to state Route 2, including: a new five-lane section in the area around Mountaineer Park, a four-lane upgrade from the Pike Island Dam to Short Creek, reconstruction in the Benwood-McMechen area, a recently completed four-lane section in Marshall County connecting the existing four or five lane sections which will give 11 miles of continuous four or five lane state Route 2 in Marshall County south of Moundsville, and a major four-lane upgrade and slip repair in the Follansbee-Weirton area.

The report lists two ongoing projects, the first being that state Route 2 is being upgraded to five lanes from I-77 to Valley Mills Road in Wood County. The second project includes the "narrows" area of Marshall County being repaired.

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One project is scheduled to begin this summer in Marshall County which will extend the current four or five lane section in the county by 0.95 miles and will eliminate the "Biggie's Corners" bridge.

In another matter, Sherron Winer and Jerry Pallisco approached the Wetzel County Commission Tuesday morning to seek monetary support to help The New Martinsville Quarter-Mile Records Challenge Committee reach its goal in bringing the American Power Boat Association sanctioned quarter-mile record run event to New Martinsville Sept. 28-30.

The event is expected to involve a small festival, concessions, a cook-off, soups, a corn roast, steak fry, entertainment, boat races, and a "Super Sunday." Winer shared that during the records run, "the public will not see a lot of boats out on the water at a time; instead, they will see one boat out on the water at a time."

The committee currently has a $20,000 budget, which does not include temporary infrastructure, though Winer shared that she knows the committee can obtain this. In addition, Winer shared that the committee already has sponsorship funding and that they have been working with the American Powerboat Association.

It was also stated that the city has already agreed to the closing of the marina, closing of the city streets, and the use of the park area by the Ohio Street Fire Station for the event.

Additionally, the event has already met the approval of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, and a Cost Guard Permit is being obtained. The Records Challenge Committee has also obtained an APBA $5 million ASIS insurance policy.

Commission President Don Mason stated that the county commission will reach a decision on this matter at next week's meeting.

The county commission also agreed on the 15 ton weight limit on the Main Street, New Martinsville bridge. "We didn't have to do it, but decided to until the state comes in to revitalize the piers," Mason stated.

In another matter, Tuesday morning, the commission also reappointed Larry Yoho to the Public Defender Corporation, as well as signed a community work experience program Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) agreement. Regarding the agreement, Gorby stated, "We need to sign this; it's been a big help."

On next week's agenda, the commission will discuss a grant agreement to repair and recondition the road at the 4-H grounds.



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