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Route 2/I-68 Expansion Authority members meeting with W.Va. governor

Members of the Route 2/I-68 Expansion Authority are meeting with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to try to secure funding for local road projects. The group is dedicated to making W.Va. 2 a four-lane highway from Chester to Parkersburg. Part of the objective is also improving a dangerous intersection in New Cumberland.

Members of the Route 2/I-68 Expansion Authority are meeting with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to try to secure funding for local road projects.

The group is dedicated to making W.Va. 2 a four-lane highway from Chester to Parkersburg.

Part of the objective is also improving a dangerous intersection in New Cumberland.

In meeting with the governor, the authority wants to make sure this project is on the fast track, and that it will receive funding if voters approve the sale of road bonds on the October ballot.

The measure would create roughly $130 million for highway work, which would help position the state for development in the oil and gas industry.

“It's going to change the economy, the whole area, and we feel we need to be proactive and get ready for these projects instead of wait until something happens and wonder what happened,” said Charles Clements, executive director, Route 2/I-68 Expansion Authority.

The authority will also discuss with the governor a Route 2 expansion in Marshall and Wood counties.

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