West Virginia Route 2

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West Virginia Route 2 marker

West Virginia Route 2
Route information
Maintained by WVDOH
Length: 230.6 mi[1] (371.1 km)
Existed: 1920s – present
Major junctions
South end: US 60 in Huntington
 

US 35 near Pt. Pleasant
US 50 near Parkersburg
I‑77 concurrent between Silverton and Parkersburg
US 250 concurrent between Moundsville and Wheeling
I‑470 in Wheeling
I‑70 in Wheeling
US 40 in Wheeling

US 22 in Weirton
North end: US 30 in Chester
Location
Counties: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Jackson, Mason, Cabell
Highway system
WV 972 WV 3

West Virginia Route 2 is a state highway in the US state of West Virginia. It generally parallels the Ohio River along the western 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).

History[edit]

Chester to Wheeling[edit]

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

A stretch of WV 2 located in northeastern Cabell County

For a time, Route 2 deviated from its current alignment to follow a more northeasterly route from New Cumberland to US 30 via the unincorporated area of New Manchester. The current alignment of WV 2 passing the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort to US 30 was formerly numbered WV 66 and is reflected as such in many of the county highways in the area. The former routing of WV 2 is now WV 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.

A roadside hot dog stand located along WV 2

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Cabell Huntington US 60 to I‑64 – Downtown Huntington, Proctorville
  WV 193 south to I‑64 / US 60 – Barboursville
Mason Henderson US 35 – Chillicothe, Ohio, Charleston interchange
Henderson
Point Pleasant
Bartow Jones Bridge over Kanawha River
Point Pleasant To WV 62 north / Viand Street – Point Pleasant, Mason
WV 62 north – Mason south end of WV 62 overlap
  WV 62 south – Buffalo north end of WV 62 overlap
  WV 87 east – Evans
Jackson Mount Alto WV 62 south / WV 331 east – New Haven, Cottageville south end of WV 62 overlap
  WV 62 north – Ripley north end of WV 62 overlap
Ravenswood US 33 west / WV 68 north – Ravenswood, Columbus, OH south end of US 33 overlap
Silverton I‑77 south / US 33 east / CR 56 east (Green Hills Road) – Ripley, Charleston north end of US 33 overlap; south end of I-77 overlap; WV 2 south follows exit 146
see I-77
Wood   I‑77 north / WV 68 south (Emerson Avenue) – Marietta, OH, Vienna, Ohio Valley University north end of I-77 overlap; WV 2 north follows exit 179
  WV 31 south – Deerwalk south end of WV 31 overlap
  WV 31 north – MOV Regional Airport, Williamstown north end of WV 31 overlap
Pleasants   To SR 7 / Carpenter Bridge (WV 807) – Newport, OH
St. Marys WV 16 south – Ellenboro, Pleasants County Park
Tyler Sistersville WV 18 south – Middlebourne
Charles Street - Sistersville Ferry
Wetzel   WV 180 south – Middlebourne
New Martinsville WV 7 east to WV 20 south end of WV 7 overlap
SR 7 / New Martinsville Bridge (WV 7 west) – Ohio interchange; north end of WV 7 overlap
Proctor CR 89 former WV 89 east
Marshall  
WV 2 Alt. north (Round Bottom Hill Road)
 
WV 2 Alt. south / CR 21 (Roberts Ridge Road) – Airport
Moundsville To SR 7 / 12th Street / Moundsville Bridge (WV 2 Spur) – Bellaire, OH, Powhatan Point, OH
US 250 south – Central Business District, Cameron, Grand Vue Park south end of US 250 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
To US 250 south / 7th Street – Grand Vue Park
Glen Dale WV 86 north
McMechen East Baltimore Street - McMechen northbound exit only
12th Street - McMechen
3rd Street - McMechen northbound access only; south end of freeway
Benwood South Marshall Street - Benwood, McMechen
Bellaire Bridge former interchange
4th Street - Benwood
CR 1 (Boggs Run Road)
Ohio Wheeling I‑470 / 26th Street I-470 exit 1
US 250 north to I‑70 – Columbus, Washington interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance; north end of US 250 overlap; north end of freeway
10th Street (Wheeling Suspension Bridge)
I‑70 / US 40 west – Columbus, Washington south end of US 40 overlap; I-70 exit 1A
US 40 east (National Road) to I‑70 east north end of US 40 overlap
Brooke Wellsburg WV 67 east – Bethany, West Liberty University, Bethany College
WV 27 east (10th Street)
Follansbee
WV 27 Alt. east
  Market Street Bridge - Steubenville
  US 22 west – Steubenville, Ohio interchange; south end of US 22 overlap; WV 2 south follows exit 1
Weirton Junction US 22 east – Pittsburgh interchange; north end of US 22 overlap; WV 2 north follows exit 2
Hancock Weirton CR 507 east (Cove Road)
WV 105 east (Penn Avenue)
New Cumberland WV 8 north – New Manchester
Newell Newell Toll Bridge
Chester US 30 – East Liverpool, Pittsburgh interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

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