Public feedback needed on U.S. Bike Route 50

Public feedback needed on U.S. Bike Route 50

On behalf of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH), the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJMPC) is looking for public feedback on the alternative alignments for the designation of US Bike Route 50 (USBR50) through the northern panhandle of West Virginia, namely Brooke and Hancock Counties.

The United States Bike Route System in a network of signed interstate bike routes facilitating long distance travel by bicycle. These routes are intended to promote active lifestyles and bicycle tourism. United States Bike Route 50 (USBR 50) currently stretches from Indiana through Pennsylvania on to Washington DC with a gap through the northern West Virginia panhandle. WVDOH has identified five potential on and off-road alignments to extend USBR 50 from the Market Street Bridge in Steubenville, OH to the Panhandle Trail at the Pennsylvania state line. Public comment is needed to identify route preferences in preparation of a formal application for route designation.

 The WVDOH has contracted with HDR Engineers, Weirton, WV to study various alignments of USBR50 through West Virginia. 

The BHJMPC had an open house style public meeting in the Weirton Room at the Millsop Center located at 3420 Main Street, Weirton, WV 26062 on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

A copy of the public meeting exhibits are available for download below:

USBR50 Stakeholder Meeting Presentation

USBR50 Draft Route LTS Map

USBR50 Draft Corridor Map

USBR50 Comment Sheet

You can find more information on US Bicycle Route 50 by clicking the links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Bicycle_Route_50

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/us-bicycle-route-system/national-corridor-plan/

Persons wishing to comment on the alternatives can send comments by email (dsnelting@bhjmpc.org) or by mail to BHJ Metropolitan Planning Commission, 124 North Fourth Street, Second Floor, Steubenville, OH 43952. Comments will be accepted by mail or e-mail received or postmarked no later than Friday, October 19, 2018.