Since 1969, the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan
Planning Commission (BHJ) has been the designated
Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater
Steubenville, OH – Weirton, WV Metropolitan Area by joint
agreement of the governors in Ohio and West Virginia.
BHJ is an association of governmental units in
Brooke and Hancock counties, West Virginia and Jefferson
County, Ohio organized to provide a public forum for local
elected officials and interested citizens the opportunity
to coordinate transportation planning and decision-making
issues that meet the needs of the metropolitan area.
Codified federal regulations
USC 134 and 135)
govern the Metropolitan Planning.
“The MPO, in cooperation with the State Highway
Agency, and with the operators of publicly owned transit
services shall be responsible for carrying out the
metropolitan planning process.”
BHJ’s mission is to:
Develop plans and policies
necessary to maintain a safe, secure, and environmentally
friendly transportation network; and
Provide a “3-C”
planning process that considers all modes of
Routine Transportation Improvement Program Reviews
Four Year Long-Range Transportation Plan Updates
Twenty Year Planning Horizon
Address the Metropolitan Planning Factors
Fiscally Constraint Financial Plan
- Open and
Transparent Public Involvement Process Engaging
Transportation Decision Makers and Stakeholders (e.g.
elected officials, public interest groups, private
industry, and state and federal highway officials).