‘Trump Train’ set to pass through Northern Panhandle Saturday
WHEELING — A caravan of those supporting President Donald Trump and Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 general election will travel down state Route 2 Saturday afternoon.
The “Trump Train” starts at noon at the Weirton Shopping Plaza, 412 Penco Road, Weirton, and its schedule calls for it to arrive at the A&B Kia/Dollar General lot in Benwood at about 1 p.m.
“We’re expecting between 300 to 500 cars,” said Elgine McArdle, among those organizing the traveling event. “We are (telling) anyone who will be taking Route 2 on Saturday that they might want to take an alternate route.”
Among the candidates riding in the “train” will be West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner.
The candidates will not be exiting their cars to make any statements during the route, according to McArdle.
The route starts out in Hancock County going southwest on Penco Road, then turns onto Cove Road. From there it proceeds to Three Springs Drive and merges onto U.S. Route 22 west going toward Steubenville, then on to Route 2 south to Follansbee, Wellsburg and Wheeling.
The caravan is expected to arrive at the Ohio County Airport at 12:30 p.m., where it will meet up with additional cars that have been lined up there.
The group will return to Route 2 south and proceed to Wheeling. It will continue down Route 2/Main Street in Wheeling until it gets to 22nd Street, makes a left toward Chapline Street, then a quick right into the Lowe’s parking lot.
From there, it will head left on 27th Street before making a right onto Jacob Street. It will follow Jacob Street, which turns into Marshall Avenue and stop at the A&B Kia/Dollar General lot.
More cars will join the following there, and it returns to Route 2 south and proceed until it crosses the Moundsville Bridge.
(King can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)