The Federal Highway Administration has approved
West Virginia’s request to add an extension of I-68 from I-79 at Morgantown to
WV 2 at Moundsville to the National Highway System.
Approval means that the traveled way between
Moundsville and Morgantown, including Monongalia County 19/24, US 19, WV 7 and
US 250, has been reclassified as part of the State Principal Arterial System.
The 73 miles of roadway will be added to the existing 1749-mile National Highway
System and become eligible for federal funding, if and when such monies become
The Division of Highways held public meetings in
Marion, Marshall, Monongalia and Wetzel counties in 2000 and 2001 to present
information and gain input on potential routes for the extension.
Existing I-68 in West Virginia was built as
Appalachian Corridor E (US 48) between 1970 and 1976 at a cost of $113 million
and stretches 31.8 miles from an interchange with I-79 at Exit 148 to the
Maryland border. In October 1989 FHWA approved redesignating the 112-mile link
to I-70 in Maryland as an interstate once work was complete on projects
upgrading Maryland’s final segments of the National Road (US 40) east of
Cumberland, a ceremonial event that took place in 1992.