Monongalia County officials and organizations consider roadway expansion near Morgantown.

The West Virginia Route 2 I-68 Authority presented potential plans on Tuesday at the Morgantown Municipal Airport. The group wants to connect I-68 to Route 2 near Parkersburg to expand commerce and economic development and allow people to travel west from Morgantown.

They also want to expand the two-lane highway to four lanes.

The authority’s dxecutive director said right now, most commerce travels toward Wheeling or Parkersburg, and these plans would bring more trade to North Central West Virginia.

“What we do want to do is give people the option to come to Morgantown and open up that whole area of our state to commerce,” said Charles Clements. “We feel that the northwest section of West Virginia is sort of deficient in highways and we want to see this developed so that it will help.”

Clements said he wants enhanced highway revenue and federal funding to help pay for the project.