West Virginia Route 2
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|Length:||230.6 mi (371.1 km)|
|Existed:||1920s – present|
|South end:||US 60 in Huntington|
US 35 near Pt. Pleasant
|North end:||US 30 in Chester|
|Counties:||Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Jackson, Mason, Cabell|
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).
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 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. 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).
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
- 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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
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)|
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
- Distance calculated using Microsoft MapPoint mapping software.
- "WV 2 Project Follansbee-Weirton Road II." West Virginia Department of Transportation. Nov. 1, 2006 
- "Panhandle Archaic." West Virginia Department of Culture. Nov. 1, 2006
- "Sheet1." West Virginia Department of Transportation. Nov. 1, 2006
- THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2006 The Writer's Almanac from American Public Media.