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I-68 bill prompts controversy


The Dominion Post

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A Senate bill created and passed last year to raise money to extend Interstate 68 across Marshall County into Ohio is back before the Senate, but not without some controversy.

SB 210 brings back the County Local Powers Act. If passed, any county with significant development could use it, but it originated in Marshall.

Marshall County Commission President Bob Miller said the I-68 extension could open access to the gas field projects now forced to use inadequate secondary roads, and spur further development.

As first planned 30 years ago, the extension would go from Morgantown west into Wetzel County then north to Moundsville and into Ohio.

But Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, pointed out that Miller has been talking with Pennsylvania officials about changing the route — possibly swinging northwest from where I-68 meets W.Va. 43, crossing southwest Pennsylvania and returning into West Virginia near U.S. 250 at Cameron in Marshall County.

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