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WV-2.svg
West Virginia Route 2
Length: 230.6 mi[1] (371.1 km)
Formed: 1920s
South end: US 60.svg US 60 in Huntington
Major
junctions:
US 35.svg US 35 near Pt. Pleasant

US 50.svg US 50 near Parkersburg
I-77 (WV).svgI-77 concurrent between Silverton and Parkersburg
US 250.svg US 250 concurrent between Moundsville and Wheeling
I-470 (WV).svg I-470 in Wheeling
I-70 (WV).svg I-70 in Wheeling
US 40.svg US 40 in Wheeling
US 22.svg US 22 in Weirton

North end: US 30.svg US 30 in Chester
Counties: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Jackson, Mason, Cabell
West Virginia Routes
< WV 972 WV 3 >
State - County

West Virginia Route 2 is a state highway in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It generally parallels the Ohio River along the west border of the state, from U.S. Route 60 in Huntington (just west of the East End Bridge) northeasterly to U.S. Route 30 in Chester (just south of the Jennings Randolph Memorial Bridge).

WV 2 leaves the shores of the Ohio River in two places: between Point Pleasant and Mount Alto (where West Virginia Route 62 follows the river) and between Ravenswood and Waverly (where West Virginia Route 68 mostly follows the river).

A stretch of WV 2 located in northeastern Cabell County.
A roadside hot dog stand located along WV 2.

Contents

History

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Chester to Wheeling

WV 2 is a variable two-lane and four-lane highway from its northern terminus at Chester to Wheeling.

For a time, Route 2 deviated from its current alignment to follow a more northeasterly route from New Cumberland to US 30 via new Manchester. The current alignment of WV 2 past Mountaineer Race Track was formerly numbered WV 66. The former routing of WV 2 is now WV route 8.

On June 23, 2000, work began on a project that widened WV 2 from two to four lanes from Weirton at US 22 (Robert C. Byrd Expressway) south to CR 8 near Follansbee. The project length was just 0.9 miles. Work was supposed to be complete by June 31, 2001, however, construction wrapped up on October 31 at a cost of $21,444,875. [2] The project entailed stabilizing the hillside by reshaping the highwall, widening the roadway with four 12-foot (3.7 m) lanes, creating 10-foot (3.0 m) outside shoulders, and 8-foot (2.4 m) interior shoulders. 3.9 million cubic yards of earth were removed during the excavation process.

One year later, the highway widening project progressed further south for 2.5 miles (4.0 km). [3]

There are currently plans to widen WV 2 from two to four lanes from US 22 north to Chester at a cost of $463,900,000; this would include a bypass of New Cumberland and would also correct rockfall hazards along the entire length [4]. 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. The projects are ranked 45th and 48th, respectively.

1909 stone masonry rail bridge crossing WV-2 near Point Pleasant

Wheeling to Parkersburg

Within the six-year plan produced by the West Virginia Department of Transportation is a four-lane upgrade for WV 2 between McKeefrey and Parkersburg. Ranked 55th, this project has an estimated price tag of $432,000,000 [4].

Parkersburg to Huntington

WV 2 was reconstructed from Lesage to Glenwood as an improved two-lane highway with shoulders on a four-lane right-of-way in the mid-1980s. Currently, there are long-range plans to widen WV 2 from WV 193 near Barboursville northeast to Point Pleasant to four lanes at a cost of $237,300,000. [4] Even further down the road is WV 2 widening from Point Pleasant to Interstate 77 at a cost of $207,300,000. The projects are ranked 86th and 98th,respectively.

Notes

  • The state route is the subject of Driving Up the Ohio River on Route 2 in Late Fall, a poem by Larry Smith. The poem was featured on the October 26, 2006 edition of The Writer's Almanac radio program [5].

References

  1. ^ Distance calculated using Microsoft MapPoint mapping software.
  2. ^ "WV 2 Project Follansbee-Weirton Road II." West Virginia Department of Transportation. 1 Nov. 2006 [1]
  3. ^ "Panhandle Archaic." West Virginia Department of Culture. 1 Nov. 2006 [2]
  4. ^ a b c "Sheet1." West Virginia Department of Transportation. 1 Nov. 2006 [3]
  5. ^ THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER, 2006 The Writer's Almanac from American Public Media. [4]

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