Officials push for funds for Route 2 slips

STEUBENVILLE – Recurring slippage issues along state Route 2 have Wellsburg officials pressing for funding to correct the problems.

At Wednesday’s Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting, Wellsburg City Manager Mark Henne said it’s imperative that they find state and federal funding to correct the long-running problems with hillside slippage along Route 2.

“We’re talking about spending lots of money for roads and bridges. It’s critical that we start allocating funding to address some of these areas,” Henne said. “I know it’s expensive, but we have to begin to deal with it.”

BHJ members, meanwhile, were told the park and ride lot at the intersection of state Route 7 and county Road 213 will be undergoing an expansion: crews will be filling in the property, adding more parking spaces and paving the site.

The BHJ staff also is looking at park and ride possibilities near the intersection of the Colliers Way and Harmon Creek interchanges along Route 22 in Weirton; the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 outside Chester; and the Franklin Street interchange in Toronto.

“We have seven vans going out, each holding 15 people,” BHJ Executive Director John Brown said after the meeting.

Members also were told state Routes 164 and 646 will require repairs.

“Chesapeake did pay $1 million to upgrade state Route 164 and it’s already falling apart,” an Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman said. “I guess none of us realized how much traffic” would increase because of oil and gas drilling.”