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I-79: 0 - 0
EXIT 1 - US 119: 1.2 - 1.2
EXIT 4 - WV 7: 3.0 - 4.2
EXIT 7 - CR 857: 2.9 - 7.1
EXIT 10 - WV 43: 3.1 - 10.2
Preston-Monogalia Line: 4.4 - 14.6
EXIT 15 - CR 73/12: 0.2 - 14.8
EXIT 23 - WV 26: 8.1 - 22.9
EXIT 29 - CR 5: 5.9 - 28.8
MD STATE LINE: 3.1 - 31.9
Creation: I-68 was approved as a renumbering of US 48 in June 1989 by AASHTO pending FHWA approval which occurred in 1991.
Adjustments: In 1997, the West Virginia State Legislature created the WV 2 and I-68 Authority which stated the following mission:
to promote and advance the construction of a modern highway through Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock, Marion and Monongalia counties and to coordinate with counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, public nonprofit corporations, private corporations, associations, partnerships and individuals for the purpose of planning, assisting and establishing recreational, tourism, industrial, economic and community development of West Virginia Route 2, between Huntington, Parkersburg and Chester and Interstate 68, between Moundsville and Morgantown for the benefit of West Virginians.
In 2003, FHWA approved extending I-68 to the Ohio Valley, though it appears it would not necessarily built to interstate standards. Proposed corridors are shown below. The Authority's website indicates that as late as 2019, efforts were still being made to secure federal funding for this extension.
I-68 extension study corridors.
WV 2 and I-68 Authority
Improvements: Opened as 4 lanes everywhere except between I-79 and US 119 is 6 lanes.
New Interchanges: None
Comment: I-68 is Appalachian Highway Corridor E
The effort to extend I-68 west to WV 2 at New Martinsville or Moundsville doesn't seem to suggest any connection back to I-70 anywhere.
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