PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE -US Bike Route 50 Alternatives Study – West Virginia

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE -US Bike Route 50 Alternatives Study – West Virginia

On behalf of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH), the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJMPC) hereby informs the public that it will hold a public information meeting to present 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 BHJMPC has scheduled the 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. The WVDOH has contracted with HDR Engineers, Weirton, WV to study various alignments of USBR50 through West Virginia and will be present at the meeting to show the alternatives and answer any questions.

A copy of the public meeting exhibits also be available for download at www.bhjmpc.org following the public meeting date. Persons wishing to comment on the alternatives may either attend the Public Meeting or 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 September 28, 2018.

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/